Do you ever wonder how much time you spend a day scrolling on your phone or glued to your laptop screen? Ever consider how productive you’ve been and what you’ve achieved? Those who are keen on personal development, whether in their careers or emotional lives, will be pleased to know that there are many fun ways to use tech for self-improvement. For a few starting points, scribble these three on your to-do list.
1 . Self-help podcasts
Many of us love the idea of reading books geared at self-improvement, yet when you’re often on-the-go, podcasts can be an easier option. ‘Happy Place’ is a great podcast hosted by British TV personality Fearne Cotton. During each episode, Fearne talks about her own journey along with expert advice about dealing with those harder times and working toward a happier place. The series features inspiring guests who help others with self-development, or who have made a positive change in their own lives.
Headspace radio is another great podcast (brought to you by the makers of the popular meditation app). During these episodes, hosts Jennifer Azlant, Alex Pompliano, and Kelton Wright discuss meditation, amongst other topics, from happiness and stress to regret and motivation.
2. Apps that help others
Science tells us that when you help others, you’ll feel happier and more fulfilled yourself. With this in mind, there are a number of lovely apps out there which focus on helping others, ‘Be my eyes’ is an app aimed at helping those who are blind or who have low vision. You can simply sign up and before long, you’ll be connected with a blind or low vision person via video chat. From here, you help them to solve a problem they are having. The issue could be anything from checking an expiry date to reading instructions. With this app, you’ll be sure to make a real difference to someone’s day. As with any video calling system or app, you’ll need a strong internet connection. Those having trouble should check our rural broadband specialty companies such as Wave.
Another pretty cool app is ‘Feedie,’ if your someone who loves taking pics of your food for Insta, now you can snap for a worthy cause. When you visit a participating restaurant, be sure to take a picture of your food and share the photo. From here, the restaurant will donate to the Lunchbox Fund, a charity that works to provide school children (who might otherwise go hungry) with food for lunch.
3. Apps that help you
Once you’ve done your bit helping others, it’s time to find a few apps to help yourself. For your self-care needs, Happify is an app designed to help those feeling stressed or anxious to regain control of their emotions. The app is based on proven techniques as used by experts and scientists. Taking its cue from mindfulness and CBT therapy, Happify can help you on your personal journey. Are you someone who finds it hard to manage your time? Do you stress at balancing your deadlines and your me-time? RescueTime is an app that tracks your time spent on various tasks, so you can see where it all went! It can be particularly useful for serial procrastinators or those who work from home.
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