Five self-improvement apps to kickstart a productive day

By Megan Gough, Head of Client Communications at Reward Gateway

Your yearly resolutions may included a nod towards improving your physical fitness routine. But whether or not you’re making good on that promise (we won’t judge either way!) we have a couple other ways to improve wellbeing that looks beyond your gym or fitness goals to include mental and financial wellbeing too.

With more than 2.2 million available apps (at least on the Apple Store), it can be hard to choose effective ones to help your day-to-day.

Let us help a little with that. Here are five apps we love that can help your wellbeing, from improving your productivity to ensuring you fit in that mental health check-in with a meditation app.

Peak – Make brain training a simple part of your daily routine. Chloe Deiulis, our Content Marketing Manager, says: “I use Peak to help train my brain through a variety of games that test focus, agility, memory, and linguistics. Each one takes less than five minutes to complete, which makes it the perfect companion to my commute as I wind down from work.”

Udemy – Find low-cost courses on pretty much anything you can think of. Whether it’s learning an instrument, language, IT skills, business skills, cooking, or even improving self-esteem, Debra Corey, our Group Reward Director, loves how accessible and affordable it is.

Blinkist – Brings all of the learnings from non-fiction business books and puts them into succinct, bite-sized chunks. It’s a great way to efficiently gain insight into business, culture and self-improvement. Glenn Elliott, our Founder & CEO, has said it’s his app of the year!

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Headspace – Your very own personal trainer for the mind. Cat Wright, our Senior Client Success Manager, uses it to help her meditate more often and swears by the effects on her ability to focus.

MyFitnessPal – Of all the fitness apps Rob Hicks, our Group HR Director, has tried, MyFitnessPal has been the one that has best helped him reach his goals. He says: “It keeps me honest, focused and dedicated. If you lie, you’re only lying to yourself and it acts as the inner voice inside your head asking ‘do you really need that extra piece of chocolate?”