It’s no secret that apps have become a deeply ingrained part of our daily lives, supported by the unparalleled and rapid adoption of mobile communications, cloud computing and streaming media. However, many men fail to utilise our modern selection of technology to the best of their abilities. Whilst popular apps such as Snapchat and Instagram can be very well justified, they don’t exactly provide us with any basis for self-improvement beyond the social aspects.
As such, we thought it would be appropriate heading into 2016 to dissect which apps can most benefit your personal and professional development over the course of the year. Whether you want to lose some weight over the course of 2016, forge new and exciting professional networks, or cut down on your alcohol intake, we’ve got you covered.
4 of the Best Apps for Personal Development in 2016
Available on both iOS and Android, Intellidrink is the best way to track your body alcohol content (BAC) whilst out on the go. The app can track you and a friend’s consumption via simple input, and will display your BAC on a graph whilst also calculating your absorption, retention, and eventual loss of alcohol in the blood over time.
Another neat feature of Intellidrink is that it can notify you once you’ve reached a certain BAC level. This is perfect for those looking to avoid overconsumption, especially for health and fitness reasons. It’s also great for avoiding driving drunk, and if the app tracks an overconsumption of alcohol, it’ll tell you that you’re not sober enough to drive and direct you to the nearest taxi provider.
When you’re looking to make or keep professional connections around the world, you’ll most likely spend a lot of time on the phone. This is a common mistake, and one that could end up costing you a pretty penny. Viber uses only Wi-Fi to process data regardless of who or where you are calling to or from around the world, making it a much easier and cost-effective means to maintain international relations.
There is a misconception that international calls aren’t as expensive as they used to be, with the advent of service such as Viber, but if anything international tariffs have risen as a means to squeeze as much profit as possible out of the odd uneducated network tariff-talker. Viber is also compatible with a wide range of gadgets, such as wireless headsets, laptop and desktop computers, webcams and NFC devices, giving you all the makings of a professional home office.
3. Couch to 5K
Couch to 5K has been staunchly recognised as the perfect fitness app for getting yourself started and motivated to keep going. The award winning service creates a fitness plan which promises users that after 30 minutes a day, three days a week and nine weeks’ worth of tailored exercise, they will be in good enough shape to finish a physically demanding 5K race.
We highly recommend the app owing to its accessibility for people of any experience level. Its success is based around how it creates attainable goals for starters, putting people in a prime position to take control of their fitness and excel through personal development and research. As a starting point, Couch to 5K is highly recommended.
For first time investors, Acorns gets you into the flow of adequate investing via low risk, low cost investments across a massive range of index funds. You may be asking how such a complex process is possible through a free app; once you’ve linked your credit or debit card, users can invest the change from regular purchases, which the app will round up to the nearest whole number, and accumulate stock options in various opportunities.
Acorns manages to make the investment process much easier and streamlined, avoiding the seriousness that often goes hand in hand with investment. This makes Acorns a highly attractive option for those wanting to avoid high risk investment options, or even for experienced investors wanting something a bit safer.
So there you have it! The best apps of 2016 for personal development! Download them and use them as needed, and who knows? Before long you may actually be using that smartphone for something productive.