The end of January is spiralling towards us faster than Saturday morning regret after back-to-back tequila shots. We’re officially an entire month into 2018 and all those bold New Year’s resolution are no longer shiny and new. According to Business Insider, 80% of resolutions have already failed by the first week of February, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to get back on the wagon.
While vowing to avoid chicken nuggets for a whole year was bound to be tough from the get-go, you may not have predicted you’d be curled over a twenty-four box by the 27th of January. (Australia Day hangover = 1, Self control = 0.) Resolution fatigue is real and boy is it vicious. It’s easy to end up deflated and disappointed in yourself when you’ve already screwed up so early on in the year.
Instead of admitting defeat and crawling meekly back to your 2017 self, hack your way to productivity by making use of a powerful ally: your phone. Our smartphones are with us 24/7, so what better way to motivate yourself than with constant reminders and daily guilt-trips via that little screen that sits perpetually in your pocket.
While apps can’t actually go to the gym, stay on task or meditate for you, they can provide the accountability that might just be that extra kick in the backside you need to make it through to December with your resolutions intact. From the moment you wake up, to just before you hit the hay – here are our must-have productivity apps to get you all the way through 2018.
We know Trello is pretty much as a widely-known as Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy and we’re surprising no-one with its inclusion on this list, but it’s worth a solid mention nonetheless. Trello is one of the most popular priority management apps around and it’s pretty damn good at what it does. It seamlessly categorises tasks and lets you break them down into manageable parts, so they’re much less daunting to handle.
If your resolution had anything to do with getting smarter and using the internet for more than just looking at memes; this app is for you. Flipboard is the holy grail of news aggregator tools. It’s like your Facebook Newsfeed, but for actual news not just blurry selfies of your Aunt Carol and her pet cockatiel. Collated from your favourite news websites, Flipboard gives you the lowdown on what’s going on in the world without having to look through a million news websites.
Who’d have thought that your phone might actually be your most useful tool in your quest to check your phone less? Use Forest to set a focus timer which plants a seed. Over this time, your seed will grow into a tree. If you check texts, answer calls, visit websites or do anything on your phone whatsoever, your tree will wither and die. If you manage to resist the temptation and stay off your phone, you will grow a tree. If you use the app consistently, you’ll end up planting actual real trees thanks to Trees for the Future too. Staying focused, kicking your Instagram addition AND doing your bit for the environment at the same time? Sign. Us. Up.
This one is for the stats nerds. The kind of people who get a kick out of bar graphs and pie charts and knowing that an average of 100 people every year are killed by a ballpoint pen (the threat is real folks). Strides is one of the most flexible habit tracking apps on the market, and it’s one of the most satisfying to use too. You can track up to ten habits in the free version, which is plenty to keep you on task. You can set multiple reminders for each habit per day, track your average results and see pretty little green progress bars which act as a statistical pat on the back for not skipping a single day at the gym this week.
Regular meditation may just be one of the greatest things you can to do help keep your resolutions in check. It’s not about becoming a Zen master warrior, or hashtagging #yogi on every Insta post of you wearing Lululemon tights – it’s about taking time out of your hectic schedule to actually be mindful of what’s going on in your own life. The more conscious you are of the way your own brain works, the less overwhelmed you’ll get and the more productive you’ll be. There are a plethora of meditation apps that offer different kinds of guided meditation. We love The Mindfulness App as it helps with personalised reminders throughout the day. Whichever apps you opt for, it’s more important to just find one that works for you.
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