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When you finally succumb to everything that is being dependent on your smartphone, you begin to realize the potential your life has if you could utilize apps to help you in the areas you are needing improvement. There are so many awesome apps that are available to help you lose weight, get organized, and even count your blessings, all of which can improve your quality of life.
My journal back to eating healthy (which has been spurred by my new partnership with X2PERFORMANCE®) has motivated me to join weight watchers and call upon my cousin to start getting healthier and take care of myself so I am a more productive, less stressed, and happier human being. Below are some of my favorite apps that can have a positive influence on sticking to a healthy living lifestyle.
Sleeping 7 to 8 hours per night has been shown to directly influence energy levels and performance. This app allows you to track your sleep patterns and dreams, as well as offer sounds and tips for falling asleep. You can also set alarms for multiple people. It also has a beautiful design.
Nike Training Club
Exercise can slow down the aging process, help you maintain a healthy body weight (or lose weight, if that’s your goal) and can also influence mood. If you are looking for a workout app that is more like a personal trainer and can be scaled from a beginner to advanced, the Nike Training Club app is awesome.
This app is great for tracking your daily food intake, water, and exercise. It is the app version of a supportive and encouraging social community that has message boards, social profiles, and more. It’s a fun and easy way to track everything.
Because I’m a little bit of a control freak, I love organization apps that help me to stay on track. I rely on these apps to write everything down so I don’t have to keep it inside my head. Being able to keep a robust calendar and todo list for the week helps me focus on the actual work and tasks I have to do, instead of the act of trying to remember everything.
To-Do lists can increase accountability and productivity because they force you to outline what you need to accomplish for the day/week/month/year. I have mentioned this app in so many blog posts before, but it really is awesome and has transformed the way I work. It forces me to divide my work for the week into days and has helped me become so much more successful.
Personal Assistant Apps
Personal assistant apps like Cue (which was recently purchased by Apple) and Donna (which was recently purchased by Yahoo!) compete with Google Now, which can tell you when you need to leave to make your next meeting, what time your flight is, and even more information on the subject you were reading earlier. Google Now (also called Google Search) does this through connecting to your gmail and Chrome browsing history. While some people may find this intrusive, I have found that Google Now’s suggestions and helpful navigation suggestions have made me more on top of things.
Note: Google Search is already pre-installed on recent versions of Android.
I have been getting into reading more blogs and books about lifestyle development. I listen to about one nonfiction audiobook a week that is geared toward helping me be a better businesswoman or shape my daily lifestyle choices and there are so many apps that can also be influential toward making your lifestyle something that works best for you.
Moments of Gratitude
According to a study from the Emmons Lab in the psychology department at UC Davis,”Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared to subjects in the other experimental conditions.”
This is part of the reason why I try to use this gratitude app on a regular basis to remind myself if all the good things, people, and events in my life. Taking the time to reflect on the positives (instead of what needs improvement) can help keep you motivated and focused on how far you have come. While it’s good to always being working toward the future, acknowledging what has already been done is just as important.
By setting goals and working toward new habit integration, you can have a clearer focus about what you want to accomplish in a measurable way. This app is backed by Tim Ferriss (author of The Four Hour Workweek) and allows you to set daily habit goals that you want to build into your daily life. You can also participate in goal/habit challenges that others have set, as part of a group challenge.
All of these apps have helped me achieving continued and growing success each year, both in my personal and professional development. As with technology’s integration into our daily lives, I believe the line between personal and professional development is somewhat blurred.
For example, if I work out more, I will not only have a healthier body, but I will also have more energy, which can help me accomplish work projects faster. To me, I see this blurred line as a benefit: I can get dual benefits from accomplishing one goal.
What goals and daily habits are you working toward in 2014?
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