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16 Awesome Apps That Will Wake Up And Kick-Start Your Morning

16 Awesome Apps That Will Wake Up And Kick-Start Your Morning

A recent survey on smartphone usage revealed a rather startling statistic. Apparently, 80% of smartphone users check their phone within minutes or even seconds of waking up! It is also estimated that 68% of smartphone users use at least one app, with many using a whole plethora of apps. So, considering these statistics, it made sense to compile a list of 16 awesome apps that will hopefully help kick-start your morning!

Alarm Clock Xtreme (Android)

alarm app for android

    Alarm Clock Xtreme is a fantastic app that lets you heavily customize your alarms. Offering features like a gentle wake up (alarm with slowly increasing volume), snooze with math puzzle solver, auto-snooze and heavily customizable alarm repeater, this app potentially allows you to spend just 5-10 minutes to take care of all routine alarms that you might need for the rest of your life if you really want to!

    Wave Alarm (iPhone)

    Wave Alarm

      The USP of Wave Alarm is about how you can use a wave like gesture to silence or snooze your morning alarm, without actually touching your phone.. With most people fumbling and prodding for their phones after being groggily woken up by their shrieking phones, the Wave Alarm provides a refreshing way to silence or snooze your alarm, before they get on with their day.

      AccuWeather (Android)

      This is one absolutely awesome weather app, capable of providing “hyper-localized” weather reports, localized right down to your street address!

      AccuWeather for Android

        With amazing features like MinuteCast, push notification alerts and the two-hour hyper-localized weather forecasts, this is the only weather app you will need to decide how to dress or to figure out how to plan your day’s itinerary.

        AccuWeather for iPhone

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        accuweather for iPhone

          With AccuWeather easily being the go-to choice of weather app for Android, it is no surprise that it is also one of the best apps for the iPhone as well. AccuWeather for iPhone offers the same features as the Android version, with the only difference being the different, clean and unique UI that you are so used to seeing on iOS specific apps.

          Wunderlist – To-do & Task List for Android

          Nothing starts off a day like an organized to-do list, one that is easy to manage and edit. Wunderlist is just that, a remarkably easy and wonderful way to keep a record of things to do for the day.

          Wunderlist to do list for android

            With the ability to sync across all your computing devices, this is one app that is always going to help you stay on top of your to-do list. Your to-do list can also be shared and collaborated with team members, giving you a great way to delegate your itinerary management efficiently.

            Errands To-Do List for iPhone

            Though there is a fantastic iPhone Wunderlist app to manage your to-do list, the Errands To-Do List app can be a better choice as app of choice if you want a to-do list manager with more oomph to offer in the UI department.

            Errands to-do list for iphone

              Featuring a simple yet exciting graphical UI, Errands To-Do List is also a very efficient and well thought out to-do list app that syncs across all your Apple devices, in addition to syncing up to iCloud.

              The task images, multiple view modes and automatic badge updating make managing your daily to-dos quite an interesting task!

              Flipboard: Your News Magazine for Android

              Flipboard is so much more than a personalized news magazine. Once you download this app, you will just need a few quick touches and a few minutes to set up the app to give you a collection of great news stories from all around the world, on a continually updated basis, day in and day out. Since you will decide what’s interesting to you, you will definitely find this news stream an exciting read in the morning.

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              Flipboard for android - news aggregator app

                Besides being a great early-morning news digest, Flipboard also allows you to view a digest of all your popular social network feeds.

                One app to let you read personalized news from all over the world and also view your Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus feeds, What more can you ask of a news aggregator app!?

                Flipboard: Your Social News Magazine for iPhone

                flipboard for iphone

                  Flipboard is easily the best news-aggregator app for the iPhone as well. With the app running the same engine as the Android version, only the UI is modified to seamlessly blend into the iOS feel and look.

                  MyFitnessPal – Calorie Counter for Android

                  If you are trying to lose weight, there is one golden rule that you must follow. You must eat fewer calories than you burn. A calorie counter app solves at least part of that equation by allowing you to track exactly how many calories you consume in a day, starting right with your morning breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

                  MyFitnessPal calorie counter for Android

                    MyFitnessPal boasts the largest food and calorie database in active apps, allowing you to quickly enter the foods you have eaten to find relevant portion sizes and the corresponding calorie values. Besides letting you track calories consumed, it also lets you track calories burned, giving you a easily analyzable progress chart to help you with your quest to get in shape!

                    MyNetDiary – Food Diary and Calorie Tracker for iPhone

                    Designed as a calorie counter for the iPhone, this app also features an impressive database that lists over 590,000 food items. Besides listing calorie content for individual ingredients, this app goes the extra mile to list calorie count information after the scanning of bar codes of various foods that you can buy in the grocery store.

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                    MyNetDiary calorie counter for iPhone

                      Its exercise module, with a database of over 500 exercises, will allow you to use a few touches to quickly record the number of calories that you burn with exercise.. Every part of the app’s navigation is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Everything from your favorite foods and exercises can be marked as favorites for quick repetitive future entries.

                      TuneIn Radio for Android

                      TuneIn is a fantastic radio music app that aggregates music from radio stations all over the world. Yes, from all over the world! All you need is a fairly quick internet connection to access these thousands and thousands of radio stations.

                      TuneIn Radio Music app for Android

                        With over 100,000 radio stations and more than 4 million podcasts playing at any given time, you will never run out of great music and audio content to listen to in the morning.

                        TuneIn Radio for iPhone

                        TuneIn for iPhone

                          Offering the same breadth of music and podcasts as its Android counterpart, TuneIn for iPhone is easily the best iPhone app to have if you love to listen to your favorite radio stations, playing right out of your iPhone in the morning.

                          Workout Trainer for Android

                          If you can’t afford a personal trainer in the gym or if you just don’t have the time for one, you can get your smartphone to stand in during your mornings, the best time to exercise and energize for the rest of the day.

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                          Workout Trainer for Android

                            The Workout Trainer app lets you choose from various workouts based on your goals. So, whether you are looking to lost weight, build muscle or get those six-pack abs, Workout trainer will be there to guide you, with videos, photos and detailed instructions for each and every exercise.

                            Fitness Buddy for iPhone

                            Fitness Buddy was actually recommended as a personal workout app by ESPN! Containing a database of over 400 exercises targeting every part of your body, this app can definitely assist with your fitness efforts in the morning.

                            Fitness Buddy for iPhone

                              Animated videos show you exactly how exercises are to be done. The app also allows you to target specific muscle groups with isolated workouts that produce more specific results that you might be after.

                              Waze Social GPS Maps & Traffic for Android

                              If your commute to work takes anything more than 15 minutes, it is probably a significant part of your mornings. Waze is an app that is based on an incredibly ingenious idea, one that allows the apps to collect real time traffic information as thousands of people drive around in their cars. This data from thousands of drivers is then taken and crunched to give you live updates on traffic when you drive to your work.

                              Waze Social GPS Maps for Android

                                Live routing provided by the app will help you avoid traffic brought on by accidents, road work, road closure and other unforeseen circumstances. The app also lets you find gas stations with the lowest gas prices!

                                Waze Social GPS, Maps & Traffic for iPhone

                                The iPhone version of Waze is also as potent as the Android version. The only change is in UI which iPhone lovers will surely appreciate.

                                waze social traffic app for iphone

                                  Featured photo credit: Morning Conversation via flic.kr

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                                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                  Joe’s Goals

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                                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                    Daytum

                                      Daytum

                                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                      Excel or Numbers

                                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                        Evernote

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                                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                          Access or Bento

                                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                            Conclusion

                                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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