Simply set a time, smack in some earbuds and do what you’re told by this audiovisual app that hopes to bring mindfulness to your day. We like the ‘mindful touch’ function, which involves gently gliding your finger around your phone screen. If you need to keep your eyes on the road, its sister app, Sway, has variations
for ‘mindful walking’.
On average, people touch their smartphones 2617 times a day; that’s why this app tracks exactly how much time you spend on your device. Be more mindful about your usage or use the app to block life-wasting social media and apps.
Buddhify boasts 11 hours of meditations designed to squeeze some peace into every part of your day, from commuting, all the way through work, to when you hit the sack.
4. FOCUS BOOSTER
Harnessing the power of the Pomodoro Technique – an approach designed to increase productivity by tackling tasks in short bursts, with breaks in between – this app combats the ‘cycle of distractions’ by timing your work sessions and automatically creating a timesheet. Hello, freelancers!
Habits can both enhance and damage your life – and with this little number you can make and break a few more. Habitbull deploys an army of strategies to keep you across up to 100 habits (five for free), including generating graphs to display your progress and encouraging you to set specific goals.
Selectively mute distractions,
notifications and alerts on your phone with Silo. You can customise all the settings so you still won’t miss that all-important phone call while you work
Free and easy Cozi is a godsend for families, offering both a web-based and downloadable app calendar system with space for lists, journals, meal planners and recipes – even better, once you select what you’re cooking, it auto-populates your shopping list with the necessary ingredients.
Goal-setters, on your mark! This goal-tracking app encourages you to set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely) targets, and keeps you motivated by asking you to report your progress, which it presents to you in very pretty charts.
Bloom is designed to keep your workaholic tendencies in check by turning your most-loved pics and music into mini-movies that you can schedule to appear during your day. It comes loaded with some helpful pre-made reminders, such as ‘drink a glass of water’.