Personal development is not something that just happens overnight. It is an active pursuit of being the best person you can be, and getting the most out of tis life that you can. You only live once, so squeeze every drop of enjoyment out of your time here on earth that you can. I am all about using technology to enhance my little world, so here is a collection of some web and smartphone-based apps that you can use to enhance yourself and your life.
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Mindbloom is actually comprised of 5 individual apps that you can customize to get the most out of life. The whole point is to visualize whatever it is that you are working on. The “Life Game” app lets you grow a virtual tree of the things that important in your life. The “Proof app allows you to create a 7-day challenge to help you achieve goals. All of the apps allow you to create your own experience that is fully customizable, motivational, and above all else – fun.
Ignite’s tagline is, “Enlighten us, but make it quick”. It is a collection of video from Ignite events all over the world where presenters share an idea with 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds. You can find a video on everything from how to buy a new car to personal motivation techniques.
Lumosity is a site built to be a gym for your brain. According to their website, “Lumosity’s groundbreaking program is based on extensive research in the field of neuroplasticity. Our in-house R&D team works with researchers from several of the nation’s top universities to learn as much as possible about Lumosity training.” They’ve even had 7 published research studies that show that their program works.
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Lifetick is all about setting and achieving goals. Again, like Mindbloom, the key is interaction and visualization. The more information you put into Lifetick, the more you get out of it. One of the coolest features is that you can share goals with other people, and create team goals. It is great for teachers, employers, managers, and parents. This is another app I personally use, and I can tell you from experience: it really does work.
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Now most people think of Reddit as the internet home base of all the cat memes, and video game cheats. The truth is, that Reddit is a vast collection of all sorts of greatness. Check out the sub Reddits r/GetMotivated, r/wantToLearn, r/SelfHelp, r/ZenHabits, and r/Productivity. Because of the way that Reddit tracks feedback from users, you can find the best posts quickly and skip past the junk.