It’s the turn of the decade! While it’s definitely a cause for celebration and a time to look back at the progress we’ve all made in the last ten years, it’s also a great time to focus on self-improvement and set some goals. With each new year comes a new set of resolutions, this year we’re helping you meet your goals with our top 5 apps to keep you on track to learn a skill, improve your fitness or break those bad habits.
Learn a new language
Duolingo is the mother of all language apps. With a great interface and fun format, you’ll pick up a new language in a pinch and Duo, the official mascot, is far more friendly than the memes will have you believe. You can choose from over 30 languages, including Dutch, Spanish, Japanese and even High Valyrian. The app is completely free but offers a subscription for an ad-free experience. It’s the cheapest, most convenient way to learn a new language or brush up on ones you already know.
Learn to code
Coding is quickly becoming a highly sought-after skill. As computers become increasingly ubiquitous, coding will become the basic literacy of tomorrow. Grasshopper is an app that makes it easy to start learning to code with an intuitive interface and unique approach. The app gives users a challenge that needs to be addressed with code that can be tapped instead of typed out, offering real-time feedback as they go along.
Control your finances
Good Budget, as the name suggests, is a good budgeting app. To set your budget you divide your expenses into envelopes. As you spend, you record your expenses and track where you cash is going. While manually entering each transaction may seem like a chore, we found that it makes you faf more aware of where your money is going (those R15 coffees really do add up).
Track your habits
Looking to make some good habits or break your bad ones this year? Way of Life can help! When you first use the app, you’re presented with an interactive tutorial to help you get the hang of the seemingly complicated interface (it’s really not that difficult to understand). You can set your habits and keep track of them all while Way of Life converts all your data into great charts and graphs, (which can be easily shared online). You can also export all your data to CSV or Excel files to keep a record of your achievements.
Improve your fitness
Couch to 5k will help you achieve your fitness goals realistically by gradually building you up. The learning curve is best for people who have never jogged before. By alternating between running, jogging and walking, in just three months you should up your fitness to the point where a 5k run is easily manageable. While it is the only paid app on our list, it’s well worth the money.
We hope that your 2020 is a great one full of self-improvement! Now that you’ve got the apps you need to be a better you, why not give your home the connectivity it needs with fast fibre internet? You’ll be able to download and update all your apps faster than ever and do so much more online.