Hey guys! Of my 18 ways to nurture yourself in 2018, detoxing from technology is one of my main priorities.
However, it has to be said, there are so many ways technology has improved our lives and it would be misguided to banish it completely. There are a handful of apps that have entered my life in the last few years that, rather than gluing me to my phone, encourage me to spend time away from it and have improved the way I live.
Here are four apps that have enhanced my life in the last year(s) that I recommend you try in 2018!
4 Life-Changing Apps to Try in 2018
1. Forest – For increased productivity and focus
I often find myself scrolling through my phone when I’d actually sat down to do something productive. I cycle between apps, mindlessly taking in content that provides no real value. With Forest, you set a timer and plant a seed. Leaving the app for more than a few seconds will cause your new tree to die. If you successfully stay off your phone for the allotted time, a new tree will be planted in your garden. This effectively turns your productivity into a game, and it’s very satisfying to see the minutes of focus tot up throughout the day.
Looking for more productivity tips? Check out my post on kickstarting your day when you work from home.
2. Headspace – For a more mindful life
Headspace is a mindfulness companion, providing guided meditation practice. Get comfortable, select a pack (a set of up to 30 sessions that cover a wide range of topics, from health and happiness to sport, work and study) and allow yourself to be lead through each session.
The timing of each meditation can be changed to fit in with your routine, and the app also provides stand-alone, single sessions to cope with more specific areas of your life or those emergency, SOS moments. If you’ve so far struggled to embrace the idea of mindfulness, or would like to start meditating this year, Headspace is the perfect app for you. My favourite of the life-changing apps on this list.
3. Runtastic – For fitness coaching and motivation
A few years ago I went through a period of running three to four times a week. I felt amazing, but a creeping sense of laziness and an unpredictable job led me to give it up altogether. Things have changed a bit since then, and I’m now reintroducing running back into my routine using Runtastic.
Along with the classic tracking abilities most running apps provide, Runtastic offers a wide selection of coaching packs, each of which give you a detailed running programme to help you reach your fitness goals. You are kept up to date with how you’re doing and instructed when to change pace during the run. I’m looking forward to using this app more in 2018 and completing my first training plan.
4. Skillshare – For broadening your skillset
I take great pleasure in learning something new, and Skillshare is an app that both encourages and facilitates exactly that. Log on to Skillshare, search for a skill you would like to pick up or improve, and you’ll be presented with a plethora of tutorials to hold your hand along the way to success. I have a number of classes saved, and I’m planning on completing one each month this year. By the end of 2018 I will have grasped (or at least attempted to grasp) twelve brand new skills! How exciting!
I’d love to hear your favourite, life-changing apps!