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30 Killer Apps that will Make You Smarter

30 Killer Apps that will Make You Smarter

Nowadays you can have more than just fun with your apps – you can also use them to become smarter. Here are 30 apps you can use to help your memory, challenge your IQ, and help you to expand your brain.

Tools To Lead A Smarter Life

1. Casual

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    Casual helps handle tasks and projects in a new way: the app is amazingly visual. You plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. Casual is a unique app that helps visualize dependencies between tasks. You don’t have to click on tabs to find out about certain aspects of projects, such as who is doing which tasks. You can try this app for free to see if it works for you.
    Download links: Web-Based

    2. Fooducate

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      Why is it that good food looks so terrible and junk food looks so good? With this free app, you can find the good food that actually tastes good, so you can eat healthy and like it. Scan items for nutritional information, and find out which foods are the best for you, the best buys, and of course, the most enjoyable.
      Download links: Android | iOS

      3. Cloudswave

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        Become a smart spender: get all of the software and web applications for your business and your personal life. This free app directory allows you to get the best deals on all of the software and apps you need. On Cloudswave you will also find the Cloudscore, a rating based on carefully selected Expert Reviews computed to help you capture the essence of critical opinion in a single number.
        Download links: Web-Based

        4. Owl

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          Do you love to astound your friends with oddball facts? Get all of the fun and off-beat trivia you can handle with Owl, a free app that gives you one fun fact each day. Become smarter with interesting facts you never heard of.
          Download links: iOS

          5. Atlas by Collins

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            The Atlas by Collins lets you travel all around the world, with a flick of your finger. As well as seeing new places, you can also discover incredible information about the world’s most important places and artifacts. Learn about the world using nine globes, a variety of maps, and other fun tools for just $0.99.
            Download links: iOS

            6. iBooks

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              Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own. But you may think you don’t have time to read. Do you ride the train to work? Read on the train. Do you have breaks? Read on your breaks. There really is no excuse when you have the free iBooks app, with a huge library that is constantly growing.
              Download links: iOS

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              7. Flipboard

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                Are you always the last to know what is going on in the world around you? Start being the one who tells others what is going on by using the free Flipboard app, with tap and touch controls that makes it easy to get news as it’s happening.
                Download links: Android | iOS

                8. SmartThings

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                  A smart home for smart people. Control all of the devices in your home with the easy-to-use SmartThings app that turns your smartphone into a remote.
                  Download links: Android | iOS

                  Mind Games

                  9. Circles Memory Game

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                    Your memory affects your ability to quickly and easily retrieve and apply stored information in situations when you need to solve a problem – and your ability to solve problems is often defined as intelligence. Therefore, memory and intelligence are almost like two sides of the same coin. Not only can you improve your memory, but you will also be supporting Alzheimer’s research by getting this $0.99 app. You’ll have fun too.
                    Download links: Android | iOS

                    10. Lumosity Mobile

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                      Train your brain to become smarter, and have a blast doing it! Side effects of using this app include improved memory, a longer attention span, and better work performance through fun games and puzzles, and it doesn’t cost anything to use.
                      Download links: Android | iOS

                      11. Personal Zen

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                        Smart people can control their stress. Personal Zen is clinically proven to reduce stress by JUST playing a fun game. Built by a team of leading neuroscientists and mobile developers, playing Personal Zen actually retrains your brain to lower stress and anxiety.
                        Download links: iOS

                        12. Fit Brains Trainer

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                          Research shows that online training is an effective way to build cognitive reserve and increase brain performance. Fit Brains Trainer is free and you can increase your short-term memory by as much as 40% in less than three weeks. Wait…what were we just talking about? Obviously, we need this!
                          Download links: Android | iOS

                          13. Brain Workshop

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                            If you are like some of us who still don’t have mobile phones, don’t despair. There are apps for us too. Brain Workshop is a free desktop app that you can use to improve your brain power, and no cell phones are necessary. But for those who has an Android phones, there is an app on Google Play!
                            Download links: Android

                            14. Math Genius Brain Trainer

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                              Unless you planned on working in a math-oriented field, you probably hated math classes as much as we did. Math develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills—it makes you smarter. This free app lets you play math games that will help improve your skills without making you bored.
                              Download links: iOS

                              15. Clockwork Brain

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                                Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! Studies have shown that “mental aerobics,” such as solving puzzles, are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Learning was never so much fun, and you will actually get addicted to improving your brain power with this free app.
                                Download links: iOS

                                16. Memory Trainer

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                                  Puzzle games alone are not the only one that can make you smarter. If you are an Android user, you can enjoy this app that really makes you use your brain to remember things. The best part is that it is fun, and you get to play matching games.
                                  Download links: Android

                                  17. Eidetic

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                                    To show that you are smart, you need to memorize interesting and important words and facts. Eidetic is another app that will help your memory through special memory-boosting exercises, and it only costs $0.99.
                                    Download links: iOS

                                    18. The New York Times Crossword

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                                      Crosswords make you smarter. They make you think in different ways, attack problems in different ways, and expand your vocabulary. Just playing the crossword puzzles can improve your intelligence. This free app has the same crossword puzzles that are published every day in the newspaper.

                                      Download links: iOS

                                      19. mTrainer Pro

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                                        Giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier and sharpen your mind. This is a gym that won’t make you break out in a sweat. Instead, you can try some fun brain exercises for just $1.99.
                                        Download links: iOS

                                        20. Blocks

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                                          Be a kid again and play with blocks, only these blocks will improve your brain power. You need to move the pieces to get out, and you need to use logic to do it with this app that costs only $2.99.
                                          Download links: iOS

                                          21. Brain Trainer Special

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                                            This is a collection of games that Android users can use to help them to remember phone numbers, solve math problems, and more, and it’s absolutely free to use. Available game modes: math ninja, letter sequences, number sequences, memory trainer (pictures), speedy shapes, memory letters, memory numbers, tricky colors, memorize 123, 3D CUBES, target mode, phone numbers, question mode, 18 session modes…sudoku of course and other modes like puzzle.
                                            Download links: Android

                                            22. Critical Thinking University Think-O-Meter

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                                              Get hypothetical situations, study them, and then get quizzed on what you remember with this free app that helps you become smarter.
                                              Download links: iOS

                                              Time Management Apps

                                              23. Toggl

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                                                Time management is a common sore spot among many intelligent people. Where does your time go? You can find out by using this app. You simply tell the app what you are doing, start the timer, and stop it when you are finished. You will be able to better manage your time with this app, and the basic version is free. If you want all of the features, it is just $5 per month.
                                                Download links: Android | iOS

                                                24. RescueTime

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                                                  Work is boring, and social media websites are fun. But, you may be spending too much time socializing, and not enough time working. This app, which costs just $9 per month for the premium version, lets you see how much time you are spending with various websites and applications. Track how long you spend on reading useful information and extend this time.
                                                  Download links: Android | iOS

                                                  25. My Minutes

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                                                    Wasting too much time on certain tasks? Spend your time smarter and use My Minutes for free to set time limits for everything you do.
                                                    Download links: Android | iOS

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                                                    26. Timesheet

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                                                      You don’t even have to lift a finger to type for tracking and billing work hours. Simply tell it what to do with voice commands. Great for those who love telling others what to do.
                                                      Download links: Android

                                                      27. Eternity

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                                                        Inner balance is one of the crucial features of modern intelligent person. Work, home, kids, fun –  it all takes your time, and you need to balance it. Eternity lets you categorize everything you do and create a balance for just $4.99.
                                                        Download links: iOS

                                                        28. Now Then

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                                                          Categorize things you do smartly. Now Then helps you record and analyse what you spend your time doing. Identify misused time for $2.99.
                                                          Download links: iOS

                                                          29. ATracker

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                                                            Track everything you do, so you always know what to do and when to do it with this app, for $4.99. ATracker creates beautiful reports in pie chart and bar chart which you can share via Facebook, Twitter and email. You can also export data in CSV format.

                                                            Download links: iOS

                                                            30. Timely

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                                                              Who did what – when? Or who’s doing what – when? Either way, you’ll know the answer. Helps you plan for new projects, delegate work to employees and see who’s got too much on their plate.
                                                              Download links: iOS

                                                              Featured photo credit: Tom via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                                                              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

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                                                                  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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