To help you get 2016 off to a great start, we’ve posted ideas about ways to improve productivity. Each blog article has included apps you can use to better manage your time, take control of your mobile devices, declutter your inbox and desk and hold more efficient meetings. Our final tip is all about maintaining your work/life balance.
Productivity Tip #5. Take care of You, and the World
With the time you’re saving by being more productive, maybe what you really need is more sleep! Working adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. Stressful days can lead to restless nights, and that’s where Relax Melodies comes in. This free iOS and Android app is easy to navigate and customize nature sounds, binaural beats (which have been studied for creativity, anxiety reduction and sleep benefits) and more.
We know exercise is essential to our physical well-being and intrinsically linked to our mental health. Research also tells us that helping other people can relieve anxiety and stress; in fact, as feelings of social connectedness go up, health and longevity also improve.
Why not do both? If you don’t mind running, biking and/or walking, you can exercise for more than health goals. With Charity Miles (iOS and Android) every mile of exercise earns money for dozens of different charities. With the help of corporate sponsors, Charity Miles donates 10 cents for every mile biked and 25 cents for every mile walked or ran. As those miles add up, you can make a big difference for an organization that matters to you.
With these practical tools, you can set yourself up for success.
Are there any noteworthy apps we might have left out? Please share them in the comments section below, and we can all start making those resolutions stick together!