3 Apps to Help You Find Focus
As a geeky girl and self-proclaimed productivity guru, I test out a lot of apps that claim various benefits to your mental state and motivation and I thought it was about time that I shared the top 3 apps that I really do believe live up to the hype.
I’ve been talking about this app for years. It really is my go-to app when I’m feeling mentally wiped and need a reboot during the day. It’s not a miracle worker, of course! It’s not going to keep you awake and productive in the middle of the night when it’s time to sleep, but I find that when I am just a little tired, or my head is feeling cloudy, that I can use this app for 20-30 minutes, maybe even during an hour nap, and when I am done, I’m really so much more refreshed then I would be just sitting quietly for that time. I first started using this app years ago when I worked in an office and often felt that afternoon slump. So I got into the habit of turning my lights off and closing my door for about a half hour with this app on and the calming music layered with the gentle binaural brainwave hum really help turn my brain back on. Of course, you need to pay attention to the settings on the app and make sure you are setting it for the right time of day because this app can help you fall asleep just as easily as it can help refocus your mind. The soundtrack and brainwave options you choose dictate all that which is why I love this versatile app for day and night.
In my last productivity playlist I shared some of my favorite classical music with you. It’s no secret that classical music has been scientifically proven to help increase focus while you are working and that is why I have relied on it for so long. There are just certain types of sounds and music that really do help you get your mind in the right place and the app Focus @ Will is a subscription based sound machine app that gives you an array of classical music and new-age playlists that you can play during your workday to get focused. It’s always crazy to me how much more I accomplish when I listen to these playlists!
If you haven’t noticed, I’m also a big fan of guided meditation, but it is so hard time find a good, free or low cost guided meditation app. I’m never afraid to pay for a good app but when it comes to meditation, its so subjective and it’s good to be able to test an app without having to shell out cash for it. That’s what I love about headspace. First of all, it is a well done guided mediation app that I find perfect for anyone who loves or even those who aren’t sure about guided meditation. But it’s even more awesome because you can download it for free, test it out with a beginners meditation series and then upgrade from there. And the beginner meditation series is excellent, they clearly put a lot of time and effort into creating a quality product which I don’t always find with other meditation apps.
I love new app recommendations so if you have one you love for finding focus, tell me about it in the comments please!