13 apps that raise your productivity and make your life overall better

If one of your goals for 2019 is to become a better person, by raising both your productivity and your health markers, why not use apps and technology to your advantage? That means that we can make the constant presence of our smartphones even more useful by learning something new or staying motivated to develop healthy habits whenever and wherever we might be.

13 apps that raise your productivity and make your life overall better

How to raise productivity and make life better with mobile apps?

There are all sorts of apps and gadgets that can transport you to another part of the world, monitor your health, and help out the environment along the way. But given that there are so many of these apps and products, we’ve put together, after a thorough analysis of the market, the top best apps to help you make a better person in 2019.

1. Headspace

Perhaps the easiest and most effective way to become a better person is through meditation and mindfulness. After all, when you’re more aware of your thoughts and in tune with the present, you’re better able to handle stress and anxiety, and these things can help you sleep better at night. It also benefits both the body and brain.

The good news is that you can use an app to guide you in your meditation and mindfulness journey.

Headspace stands out among its competitors because it’s livelier and more colorful, thanks to its use of animated characters who not only teach the basics, but also make mindfulness and meditation fun. It’s perfect for beginners, and the techniques you’ll learn have been validated by more than 65 research studies.

2. Habitica

Looking to become more motivated in achieving your goals? This is the app for you.
Habitica takes a creative approach to tracking and maintaining good habits through gamification.

The app was inspired by RPG video games — for each task you complete, your customized avatar will make progress. It sounds simplistic, but it’s an excellent incentive to stay motivated by making it easier to track your habits while having fun. You can even have your friends, family, and colleagues join you on a quest.

3. Habit Tracker

Creating positive and productive long lasting habits. In order to keep me on track I have been using an app called Habit Tracker. Whether you want to drink more water, improve posture, breathe more, or hit the gym a few times a week this app will not only remind you but it can also track your progress.

4. Peak

If you’re constantly playing games on your phone, this app is right up your alley. With Peak, you play games that will challenge your cognitive skills in order to enhance your attention span, problem-solving abilities, memory, and creativity.

5. Blinkist

If you’re one that finds that reading is one of the best ways to relax, collect new information, and maybe even improve your writing skills, but can’t find the time to do it, then this app is just what you need.

In just 15 minutes, you’re able to glean the key insights from bestselling nonfiction titles via text or audio. As a result, you can finally reach that goal of reading more books this year and becoming more knowledgeable.

6. Happify

Happify is the perfect app if you’re looking to reduce stress, elevate optimism, focus on positivity, conquer negativity and boost self esteem. It is interactive and fun to use. I personally use it to express gratitude and gratefulness through the short exercises provided.

7. & 8. Think Dirty & Fooducate

Think dirty is one of my favorite apps that I have been using in 2017. It is quick and easy and it can completely change the health of you and your family as you know it! Think Dirty is an app that scans commercially bought products to rate them on their meter of carcinogenicity, developmental & reproductive toxicity, and allergies & immunotoxicities.

The app analyzes even lotions, cleaners, soaps, shampoo/conditioner, makeup and anything else that you can think of!

Fooducate is very similar to Think Dirty in the sense of it scans commercial products to test the level of safety and harm on the body. Fooducate scans food items and any type of produce in a grocery store to determine its nutrient information.

9. Drops

Learning a new language comes with a variety of benefits, such as boosting your brain power, improving your memory, and enhancing decision-making. It can also improve areas like math, reading, and comprehension. That’s not to mention that the growth of our global economy has made learning a new language a must.

While there are already several apps and software packages that can help you learn a new language, Drops is a free app for iOS and Android that allows you to play with a curated list of words in languages like Spanish, German, French, Korean, Japanese, and Turkish, to name a few.

10. Be Focused Pro – Focus Timer

This app is a little different than the typical timer or distraction-blocker app. Here’s how it works
Add in specific tasks
Set a timer to those tasks.
The app schedules short breaks for you
You don’t even have to keep track of it yourself. By creating work intervals, you set your own short sprints and aren’t locked into a certain time length.

11. Samsung Gear VR

For the past several years, people ranging from scientists to activists to artists have used the technology to enhance their empathy. As a result, they’ve been successful in promoting environmentalism, reducing racial basis, and humanizing political enemies. You can also take a virtual museum tour or make better financial choices.

12. Apple Watch

Falling into the same category of health apps, the Apple Watch does more than just track how many steps you take in a day. It can also track sleep, monitor heart rates via ECG, and even detect early signs of health problems, like deadly thyroid disorders.

It’s also packed with companion wellness apps like MyFitnessPal, Strava, Lifesum, and Pocket Yoga.

13. The To Don’t List

This may sound counterproductive, but this app actually encourages you to procrastinate – on your bad habits or anything you don’t want to accomplish on a certain day. For example, The To Don’t List could assist you in avoiding bad choices, like say, checking your social media accounts or letting dirty dishes pile up in the sink for several days.