Can tech help us self-motivate? These five evidence-based apps suggest yes.

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Getting motivated to achieve goals isn’t easy, especially if you’re struggling with stress or negativity.  Fortunately creativity and inspiration can come from surprising places – even the palm of your hand.  We researched the year’s best motivational apps, and chose winners based on their content, user reviews, and overall reliability.

Self Care: Fabulous

This is a habit tracker, and more. Science-based, this app is designed to motivate users to build enduring, life-changing habits. It includes features for improving productivity and focus, integrated health sessions for meditation and relaxing, and self-driven ‘journeys’ towards different destinations such as achieving lose weight or better focus. The daily activities and prompts are designed to slot in seamlessly alongside everyday activities – so they won’t be a chore!

  • iPhone rating: 4.6 stars
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: Free; In-app purchases available

 

Self-Talk: ThinkUp

This app consists of a selection of positive affirmations designed to inspire healthy self-talk, and find the positive mindset and daily encouragement you need to get motivated. It comes with a selection of mantras that align with your goals and encourage you to reduce negative self-talk – a proven way to change your perspective.

  • iPhone rating: 4.8 stars
  • Android rating: 4.5 stars
  • Price: Free; In-app purchases available

 

Mind Mapping: MindMeister

Organising your thoughts and to-do lists is one of the hardest parts of confidently moving forward with your aspirations. Use MindMeister to develop custom mind maps that show the visual connection between your thoughts, tasks and custom notes, to allow you to dive deeper into each of your goals.

  • iPhone rating: 4.4 stars
  • Android rating: 4 stars
  • Price: Free; In-app purchases available

 

Motivate: Daily Motivation

Motivate draws on expertise from international mentors to inspire you to achieve a more focused and inspired life. The app features customisable notifications and thousands of handpicked motivational videos, so you can stay tuned in to what works for you.

  • iPhone rating: 4.8 stars
  • Android rating: 4.8 stars
  • Price: Free; In-app purchases available

 

Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

Being consistent with forming productive and positive habits is not easy. By contrast, playing games is easy. Habitica applies the principles of gaming to habit formation, enabling users to turn their life and aspirations into a role-playing game, and simulate better routines. Your custom character avatar will help you achieve designated goals, tick off your to-do list, and tap into rewards like quests, equipment and skills.

  • iPhone rating: 4.0 stars
  • Android rating: 4.1 stars
  • Price: Free; In-app purchases available
Cat Mules

Cat Mules

Umbrellar's Digital Journalist, coming from a background in tech reporting and research. Cat's inspired by the epic potential of tech and helping kiwi innovators share their success stories.

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