27 Apps That Will Change Your Life

Men's Health South Africa|June 2020

27 Apps That Will Change Your Life
Your phone has put the global hive mind at your fingertips, so why squander your storage on face swaps and unused messenger services? These game- changing downloads are programmed to transform your health, wealth and fitness by the gigabyte. Your smartphone is about to get a whole lot smarter.
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8 0 The number of apps the average person has installed – but only nine get fired up daily

01/ TeamTOMM

No one wants to spend their weekends cleaning and doing chores. And writing long lists of what needs to be done, only for them to be ignored and become more clutter? We’ve all been there. But you also don’t want to live in a pigsty (at least you really should not). That’s where TeamTOMM comes in. It helps you break down what you need to do and guides you through housework 30 minutes at a time. Plus, it also gives you daily playlists and lets you share the workload with housemates or family members thanks to a shared login. R85 on iOS and Android theorganisedmum.blog

02/ 22seven

Find yourself hitting the money equivalent of #DayZero halfway through the month? 22seven let’s you keep track of your money simply and discover money insights about your spending with their hints and observations. Plus, you can get a personalised budget automatically and the app helps you invest in your goals so you can reach them sooner. Did someone say drinks on you? Well, only if it’s in your budget. Free on iOS and Android 22seven.com

03/ Calm

We’ll assume that, by now, you’re fairly clued up on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness. But scheduling effective timeouts between school runs, conference calls and workouts will test anyone’s patience. With more than 100 guided sessions for busting stress, anxiety management and enhancing focus, Calm is your co-pilot to the land of chill, and it can also help you get to sleep. Specially selected bedtime tales narrated by the likes of Matthew McConaughey and Stephen Fry will coax you into a higher state of subconsciousness. R879 per year on iOS and Android calm.com

04/ Spark

Email was supposed to make our lives more efficient but, in reality, it tends to be about as productive as debating in parliament. Though clicking “select all”, then “delete” might offer temporary catharsis, what if you miss that urgent note from your boss? Spark works with your go-to email app to flag messages it identifies as important, place non-urgent mail in a holding pen and block annoying repeat mailers. It also allows you to schedule emails to be sent later, so with a bit of preplanning, your boss might think you’re working hard at 6am. It’s time to take back control of your inbox. Free on iOS and Android sparkmailapp.com

05/ Hyperli

If your weekend activities hurt your finances as much as your head, it’s time to download Hyperli. With this app, you can search hundreds of activities across the country to find precisely what you’re looking for and get them all at a discounted price. Whether you want to eat out, go beer tasting or go on holiday, the app allows you to save money while doing the most. It also offers deals on online courses, products and even fitness classes. Planning your weekend has never been easier. Free on iOS and Android hyperli.com

06/ Streaks

Some psychologists claim that it takes 21 days for a new habit to form; others argue that it takes closer to two months. Either way, sticking to anything for that long can be tough, whether it’s flossing your teeth, hitting your step count or forgoing your post-lunch trip to the vending machine. Streaks is a self-improvement coach that helps you ingrain these healthy behaviours by logging the good stuff you get done – or bad stuff you deftly avoid. Create up to 12 tasks that you want to make part of your routine, then mark them off as you complete them. R80 on iOS streaksapp.com

07/ RowVigor

Transform your monotonous ergo training into inspiring full-body workouts. RowVigor has a wide array of rowing based workouts that pair the cardio activity with other strength based exercises. Choose from a deep pool of sessions that suit your current needs. You can even row down some of the world’s most scenic and challenging rivers. Track your workout and challenge your friends to beat your score. Currently free on iOS and Android rowith.com

08/ Glo

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June 2020