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Introducing 13 Useful Free Apps For you To Install Today

Introducing 13 Useful Free Apps For you To Install Today

We all want to be more productive, healthier and happier. Basically we want to be “more”. More work done, more exercise and fitness, more joy and happiness and more of living, every day.

But with the everyday stresses and strains, tensions and turbulences – we make our lives complicated, unproductive and tend to lose sight of the little big things along the way. Life is supposed to be about the journey but often, we end up making it just about the goals. Try these apps that we have collected for you – that make life easier, simpler and all that more joyful.

1. Paste 2

An impressive clipboard manager with a great user interface, the app can store unlimited things (text, tables, images, code). It can copy and store them for you in a dated way – for you to use and access any time you want to. It’s a Mac app and can be downloaded here.

    2. Headspace 2.0

    Need an app to reduce stress and anxiety levels as well as increase focus and concentration? Headspace 2.0 helps you do that by making you meditate for just 10 minutes every day. You can get it here

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      3. Panda Focus Mode

      If you’re the kind that gets distracted easily while working, here’s an app that will pop up and show you your to-do-list and guilt you into completing your work!

        4. Hocus Focus

        Want something that keeps your screen clutter free and your mind focused on the task on hand? Try Hocus Focus, an app that that automatically hides application windows that have been inactive for some time.

          5. f.lux

          Permanently adjusting the brightness of your computer screen? Try the f.lux app that adjusts the brightness of the screen according to the time of the day, all by itself thus letting your eyes avoid any strain.

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            6. Freedom

            So if the entire world and its neighbor is becoming a distraction, at least on the Internet – get your work done by blocking it by using the Freedom app. It blocks every darn thing that’s lowering your productivity thus letting you work in peace and quiet!

              7. Forest

              Need to sharpen your focus, but in a fun way? Try Forest, a paid app that uses gamification to help you focus on what matters most in your life – when you can focus, the tree will grow. When you can’t, the tree dies!

                8. HabitRPG

                Again a game-based app – HabitRPG or Habitica rewards you, once you have achieved your goals. You can input your daily goals and to-do list and once they have been completed, unlock rewards.

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                  9. Mindbloom

                  Mindbloom is aptly named for it is an app that helps to keep track of your emotion and better your mental health.

                    10. Waterlogd

                    Need help with your daily eater intake? Waterlogd, as the name suggests, keeps a track of your water intake thus helping you to be healthier, inside out!

                      11. Gmailify

                      Tired of too many e-mail accounts? Gmailify helps you gather all the emails from different email accounts into your preferred Gmail inbox in a simple and sleek way.

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                        12. Clarity Money

                        Need help with spending, or rather, not spending money aka saving? Clarity Money is a personal financial all that will help you curtail spending, start saving – all by using behavioral science tips.

                          13. Coach.me

                          Want to learn some new tricks? Or new skills? Coach.me will help you do just that and more…

                            14. Stand Up! The Work Break Timer

                            So we all know that sitting for long, uninterrupted hours is a bad idea. Try Stand Up – an app that will remind you to get up and take a break if you have been sitting for a long time.

                              So give these apps a whirl and watch them make a positive difference in your life!

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