5 apps to improve your quality of life




The sheer number of apps in the world is staggering. And they are all aimed at improving your life! Improving your health! Improving your relationship! Organizing! Categorizing! Scheduling every second of every day for the rest of your life!

To be honest, I find it entirely overwhelming. But I do have a few go-to apps that I always recommend to people who want to get their lives in order. And here they are.


1. BODBOT



There are a lot of personal trainer apps out there, and I've downloaded (and deleted) a lot of them. The problem is always that there isn't enough customization for me personally - a lot of them don't ask for your height, weight, goals, or muscles you want to target (all very important when considering a fitness plan). A petite female looking to tone her arms should not be doing the same workouts as a 200-pound bodybuilder.


BodBot (bonus points for the clever name) takes all of your physical information, how often you want to work out (no guilt involved), how hard you want to work out, which muscles you want to target, and what equipment you have, and builds you a custom fitness plan based on this information.


2. MINT



Despite your best efforts, at some point in your life, you will have to take control of your finances - that means tackling your debt, cutting down on unnecessary spending, and setting financial goals. And the sooner you do it, the more you will (profusely) thank yourself.

You start by connecting Mint to your bank accounts (yes, it's secure), and it breaks down your monthly costs, purchases, and bills into easy-to-read charts and categories. From there, it suggests slight changes to your daily spending habits to save more money and meet your savings goals, which could be anything from paying off your debt to buying a house.

3. CALM




Do you ever find yourself trying to fall asleep, but your brain just won't turn off? Do you ever find yourself so stressed, you think you might explode? It's incredibly beneficial (mentally, physically, and emotionally) to take 2 minutes out of your day and focus on something else. Meditate!

Calm is an easy-to-use meditation app with sessions from 2 to 10 minutes. Don't let the stress get to you and ruin your entire day - take a few minutes and refocus.


4. THINGS


I am a List Maker. I make lists to keep my life organized, and forget everything without them. But written-out lists can get lost or left at home, and they don't send you notifications when you need to do something.

Things manages your daily To Do list as well as lets you know what's coming up. It's a simple idea, but fantastic for keeping yourself efficient and on track.

5. SLEEP CYCLE



Sleep is my best friend. And more often than not, I wake up and think "Nooooooooooo I have to wake upppp". But then I had a sleep cycle app recommended to me.

Sleep Cycle monitors your sleep during the night and will wake you up at the lightest stage of your REM (within a 30-minute window that you set). This allows you to wake up feeling wonderful and refreshed, rather than groggy and miserable. Magic!

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