Mobile applications to incorporate good habits in 2017


Getting up early, reading a book a week, taking cold showers: there are some well-advised tips that make us grimace at their mere evocation. If some bloggers and entrepreneurs shine in their ability to share the secrets of their virtuous routine, many of us find it harder to adopt new habits in our daily lives. What if the solution was just in your pocket?

Because our sacrosanct smartphone should not only be seen as a source of distraction or procrastination, but also as a mo-ti-va-tion tool. Proof is with the surge of existing mobile applications of productivity or personal development, of which we had a first round of survey in 2016. Discover a guide mobile app that will help you create new habits to feel you better and more efficient everyday!

1. Habitbull
Setting goals is fine; being able to hold them is even better. To get a good start, first download an app ‘to track your performance. Habitbull has the basics: simple handling, nice interface, notifications of reminders to not forget anything, and even graphs to push you to achieve your goals. The free version offers you to follow up to five habits (which is more than enough to start!).

→ Free on iOS and Android

2. Koober
Reading often pays for our lack of time on a daily basis. It’s a very profitable investment, especially when you’re a start-up company, and you’ve even shared our list of fetish books. If you prefer abstracts, the alternative to the incomplete Wikipedia is called Koober. The app brings together hundreds of bestsellers summarized in less than 20 Minutes, to read or listen to from the platform of their choice. Bonus: many books available only in English have their abstract translated into French on Koober.

→ 7 days free trial on iOS and Android, then 7,99 € / month or 79,99 € / year

3. Google Keep
Impossible to speak good habits and productivity without mentioning application of note taking. The Google Keep brings together everything you need to make the most of it, with notes in all formats (including photo and audio) that can be synchronized between all your devices and even have a Chrome extension.

→ Free on iOS and Android

4. Mindly
Stronger than note-taking, the mind mapping featured in Mindly should especially appeal to those who have a visual memory or who want to work with it. The app is very practical to represent your ideas and projects in the form of clean diagrams. It is an ideal tool for creative brainstorming, project management or design-thinking.

→ Free on iOS and Android

5. Pocket
Now that you have plenty of tools and resources to boost your digital and / or personal vigilance, all you have to do is … read on. And this requires a minimum of organization so as not to end up with hundreds of unread items that will pass the trap. Then a simple reflex to adopt once the application is installed: as soon as you see an article that you want to keep for later, add it to Pocket. You can read it when you want directly from the application, including in the subway thanks to offline backup.

→ Free on iOS and Android

6. Headspace
Meditation is one of those practices where you do not know where to start. Taking lessons, finding a Youtube channel, reading articles: taking the plunge alone can quickly turn out to be discouraging. This is where the Headspace application comes in, where you can learn to practice 10 minutes a day in its free version. You will be guided by the soothing voice of its founder Andy Puddicombe, who will accompany you in learning this new gymnastics of the spirit.