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5 Apps That Are Essential for a Successful 2017

5 Apps That Are Essential for a Successful 2017

The new year is back in full swing and for a lot of people that means new goals. The problem with long-term goals is that they are often hard to keep track of and tend to be forgotten after a too-little too-short effort.

Technology has slowly been changing that with apps and productivity hacks. There are dozens of new apps coming out every day all designed to make our lives easier and our goals a little more likely to be accomplished. Here are my five favorites for 2017.

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Letterspace

Letterspace is an interesting concept and it is fairly unheard-of. Essentially, this is a note-taking app but offers a lot of features that make it useful for everyone.

One great thing about it is the use of hashtags. You can take down notes, and then tag your notes with hashtags. As you do this, you can organize and pull up notes for different things. As long as you tag notes with hashtags then you will easily be able to sort and find notes that are important to you.

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Toggl

If you have an issue with time, then Toggl is the app for you. Toggl is built to be able to keep track of time. Whether you are an employee or an entrepreneur trying to keep track of where your day is going, Toggl is a great option.

Toggl was built with the idea that measuring how you spend your time is the best way to improve how you spend your time. It is incredibly simple and is already used by millions of people. It also comes with extensions for browsers in addition to phones.

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Workflow

Another relatively unheard-of app is called Workflow. The Workflow app is essentially designed to eliminate wasting time with repetitive tasks. It helps you create buttons on your phone that you can then click to do a certain task. So if there are certain tasks on your phone that are taking up large amounts of time or even tasks that you do fairly often, you can create a button that allows you to do that task with a single click. Sure, it is only 30 seconds saved. But if you do it with most of your tasks, all that time adds up!

Wunderlist

One of my personal favorites is Wunderlist. Wunderlist is an incredible app for keeping track of all your to-do list items. Think of it like a very organized sticky-note pad that makes exciting sounds when you cross off an item. Wunderlist also allows you to build things into groups. For example, if you are trying to keep track of tasks at work, home, and a non-profit you participate in, you could make a list for each one.

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Because Wunderlist is available on Mac, PC, Apple, and Android, and is also on the cloud, your list is always close by to add items to or check items off.

Google Drive

You really can’t create a list of useful tools without including Google Drive. Sure, it has been around for years, but it is still one of the best free tools on the planet for organizing your information.

Think of Google Drive as a giant online filing cabinet. You can put anything in folders including pictures, documents, videos, music, and more. It takes up no room so you can do folders within folders within folders if you would like. It is also extremely cheap if you want to upgrade the memory to meet your individual needs.

All of these apps have the unique ability to save time, manage tasks, and make life easier. Utilizing them will simplify life and give you freedom to do more things that you care about.

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Spencer Mecham

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Last Updated on January 13, 2020

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

11 Brain Training Apps to Train Your Mind and Improve Memory

Whether at work or at school, people these days are under tremendous pressure to perform, perform and perform! Stress and pressure can have adverse affects on the well-being of a person, and need to be controlled.

Now, this doesn’t mean you make a dash to your nearest therapist. There are a number of wonderful and smart apps that you can use on your phone. These brain training apps have been scientifically designed to target specific areas of the human mind and control harmful emotions such as anxiety, as well as to improve memory and sharpness of the brain.

Here are 11 iPhone apps that you will not only enjoy but also find useful in keeping your mental health balanced at all times.

1. Lumosity

This app consists of games that focus on improving the user’s memory, problem-solving capability, attention span, and thinking. There are three games in each session, and they challenge the brain by changing every time. The user has to complete the games while playing against a clock.

Free of trial. $15 per month for the full version.

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    2. Fit Brains Trainer

    This brain training app has 10 sets of games that work on different areas of the brain and improve memory as well as concentration. A user is required to finish a particular task from each category on a daily basis and the app tracks the progress by a color coded graph.

    Free.

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      3. CogniFit Brain Fitness

      Developed with the help of neuroscientists, this fun app improves a person’s cognitive abilities, which includes memory and concentration. The progress made by the user over a period of time can be tracked. Users can also play challenge rounds with their friends. The app also modifies the difficulty level to suit the profile of the user and provide recommendations based on the results. Spending 20–30 minutes a few times every week can give measurable improvement in the performance of a user.

      First four games free, then $13 a month.

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        4. Brain Fitness Pro

        The makers of this app claim that it can improve the IQ of a user, and improve intelligence and memory. The app is fun and is user friendly, and 30 minutes a day can fetch you results in less than three weeks.

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        Buy for $3.99.

        5. Happify

        If nothing else makes you happy in life, this app will. Well, this is what the developers claim at least. This app comes loaded with lots of quizzes, polls and gratitude journals, which work on the fundamentals of positive psychology. The app also helps to control stress and emotions to make you feel better.

        Free to use.

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          6. Clockwork Brain

          You will like the little gold robot that comes in every time to explain the next game you are going to play. While the games are not much different to those offered in apps such as Luminosity, the look and feel reminds me of a workshop from old times.

          Free.

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            7. ReliefLink

            Initially created as an app for suicide prevention, it has found its use as a great app for tracking the mood of the user by taking measure of all things relevant to the user’s mental health. In case the user experiences high emotional stress, the app has a coping mechanism that includes voice-recorded mindfulness, exercises and music for relaxation. There is also a map that informs the user of the nearest therapist and medical facilities for mental health treatment.

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              8. Eidetic

              Eidetic is a memory enhancement app and uses a ‘spaced repetition’ technique to help users memorize information such as important phone numbers, words, credit card details or passwords. It also notifies you when it’s time to take a test to see what you remember, so that you retain information in your long-term memory.

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                9. Braingle

                Braingle helps to maintain the sharpness of the brain and improve the reasoning ability of a person through riddles and optical illusions. It is different from other brain training apps that employ memory and reaction based tests. You can also compete with your friends and family members in figuring out the fun riddles.

                Free.

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                  10. Not The Hole Story

                  If you have a penchant for solving hard riddles, then this app is a must-have for you. Filled with exclusive riddles along with a simple-to-use interface, the app gives you riddles that you have to solve through a book. You will be given hints along the way, and when you give up, the answers will be revealed. This app will encourage you to broaden your thinking and put your mind to a challenging test.

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                  Free.

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                    11. Personal Zen

                    This fun brain training app follows the journey of two animated characters who travel through a field of grass. Personal Zen is a nice app meant for reducing anxiety and trains the brain to focus on the positive aspects. The developer’s advice is to use the app for 10 minutes a day to see the best results.

                    Free.

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