When you strike a balance between work, rest and play, becoming the best version of yourself is highly achievable. In the workplace, especially, taking the time to ensure you're healthy, alert and well-rested decreases the possibility of injuries, while increasing your potential for personal growth and overall happiness. The only problem is, how do you organise your life, to get top results? Enter the wonderful world of apps, to help you do everything from sleeping peacefully, to exercising and overhauling your diet. Here's a look at some of the best apps, to get you started.
Now a household name, Fitbit, which is essentially a 'fitness watch', can put you on track to monitoring your fitness, sleep patterns and calorie intake. Price and feature options include those for everyday use at work, as well as advanced devices for fitness fanatics. Track how many steps you take, calories burned, your resting heart rate and the quality of your sleep. The top of the range Fitbit Surge even includes GPS tracking and wireless syncing to smartphones and computers. Fitbit is available for download on iTunes and Google Play.
When you're rushing through the work day, the last thing you want to think about is what to cook for dinner. EatingWell is an award-winning magazine that offers an app with 800 fast and healthy recipes to choose from. Preloaded recipes allow instant offline access, full nutritional information is available and you can filter recipes by a main ingredient or overall cooking time. Download the app for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android.
For peace of mind in the workplace, the Australian Red Cross First Aid app is a valuable tool. It's a free pocket guide to first aid and CPR, with up to date information, easy instructions and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge base. The latest version includes a new feature to notify you of local emergency contact information, in overseas destinations. You can download the app for both Apple and Android tablets, on iTunes and Google Play.
For quick and instant recording of safety incidents, potential workplace hazards or meeting highlights, Google Keep hits the mark. You can make a voice memo while you’re on the move and have it automatically transcribed into handy notes for your reports. Add photos for future reference, keep information organised and even collaborate with others in real time. Outside of work, the app will help you remember grocery lists, events and birthdays, plus, it syncs across all devices.
When you're feeling burnt out, chances are your productivity and happiness levels are low. Created by Arianna Huffington and Deepak Chopra, GPS for the Soul helps you combat stress, by offering techniques using music, poetry, breathing exercises and photos, which enhance your sense of overall happiness. The app is free and available on iTunes. To strike that all-important balance, choose a range of apps to help keep you on track, every day - for optimised work, rest and play.