Article by Nicole Gottselig, Factory Berlin member since July 2018.
A New Year’s resolution brings possibilities to improve our health and achieve personal goals over the next 365 days.
With 80% of New Year’s resolutions set to fail by February, setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals can increase your mental and physical fitness, as well as relaxation levels and productivity.
With the right tools, you’ll find it easier to stay committed, improve your focus, and let go of those bad habits. We’ve put together a list of helpful apps and tips to boost overall health, by making it easier to quantify your daily activities and productivity rate.
Track to Achieve
Forming new healthy behaviors and habits that you’re likely to stick with for the long-term takes time. Many self-tracking apps, such as LifeSum, act as an accountability coach when you don’t have a real-life coach keeping you in check.
Or, if New Year resolutions aren’t your thing, but you’d like to change a habit, then Habitbull organizes the steps you need to take for these habits to stick. Small changes add up here and keep you accountable for achieving your ultimate goal.
Get Focused and Specific
According to research, we have only 1 hour of uninterrupted productivity time each day. Our brain constantly switches back and forth between alerts, messages, and app notifications throughout the day. These buzzes make us ultra-prone to distraction.
To see just how much attention you’re giving away, there are apps and integrated tools to help you manage screen time, understand device usage, and to reduce interruptions. You can also proactively make your smartphone distraction-free by removing busy apps with feeds or you can turn off all notifications, and set your phone display to grayscale.
The fewer colorful buttons on your phone, the fewer bold inputs your brain receives, resulting in less checking. And, when it’s time to hunker down and get to work, try to be mindful of the soundscape in your periphery, as your immediate surroundings can also hinder your focus.
Noisli is a background noise and solid color generator for focusing, working and relaxing. Made in Italy and Berlin, co-founders Sabine Staggl and Stefano Merlo, wanted to solve their feelings of isolation in their home office and liven it up with soothing sounds. You can choose from up to 16 different sounds and layer them to suit a productive, relaxed, or mixed experience. Effective in the office or busy cafe, their app quells away distractions and sounds. They are used by over 400,000 users every month to refocus and connect. You’ll be amazed at how a bubbling creek or the hum of a fan can take you into the zone.
Meditation helps us find answers while reducing stress and anxiety. It even increases our focus. With no shortage of studies touting the plethora of benefits that meditation offers, actually reaping the benefits calls for consistency.
Designed by women and for women, Silatha prompts you to connect to an intention through guided meditations that aim to help you stay more balanced during the day. Founder Veroniek Vermeulen realized firsthand, that meditation has the power to transform. The app offers 12 different series of guided meditations, offering personalized techniques for 15 minutes over 21 days.