Achieve a Healthy Work-Life Bal­ance

iPhone Life Magazine - - Productivity -

We be­lieve that a healthy work-life bal­ance is at the core of longterm pro­duc­tiv­ity. That's why at iPhone Life we've in­vested in things like a four-day work­week, af­ter­noon walks, and a mas­sive bean­bag chair to lounge on dur­ing breaks. We've also found the fol­low­ing apps to help us stay happy, healthy, and on point. Give them a try!

Fit Men Cook (Free) For a lot of peo­ple, get­ting started with healthy eat­ing is the hard­est part. This app paves the way with meal plans, shop­ping lists, and loads of in­for­ma­tion on food brands and meal prep. Fit Men Cook has nearly 400 recipes that cover cat­e­gories in­clud­ing Low Carb, Meal Prep, Ve­gan, Bud­get, Post-Work­out, High Pro­tein, and Snacks & Sweets. You can view and save recipes for free, or you can pay $0.99/month to cre­ate a weekly meal plan so you can eas­ily shop for and prep ev­ery­thing you need. Tell the app your goals or calo­rie limit and it will cre­ate a plan for you. Be­fore you know it, you'll be a meal-prep and healthy-eat­ing master.

Sleep­Ge­nius ($4.99) We're firm be­liev­ers that noth­ing can boost your pro­duc­tiv­ity more than a good night's rest. Ac­cord­ing to Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, one in three of us are get­ting fewer than the rec­om­mended seven hours of sleep per night. Sleep­Ge­nius com­bines sooth­ing sleep mu­sic, a gen­tle alarm, a re­lax­ation pro­gram for anxiety at any time, and even a power nap fea­ture to help you get the rest you de­serve. The re­sult­ing pro­gram is so ef­fec­tive that NASA uses it to en­cour­age re­lax­ation and health­ful sleep for a group of peo­ple that you can imag­ine have high rates of anxiety and in­som­nia—astronauts!

Spo­tify (Free) This might not be the typ­i­cal app that comes to mind when con­sid­er­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity apps, but we reg­u­larly turn to Spo­tify to help us stay fo­cused dur­ing work tasks. The app fea­tures a col­lec­tion of mu­sic specif­i­cally for help­ing users con­cen­trate, with playlists like Peace­ful Pi­ano, In­stru­men­tal Study, Pro­duc­tive Morn­ing, and more!

Headspace ($12.99/month) If you're look­ing to in­cor­po­rate the ben­e­fits of med­i­ta­tion into your daily life, you'll find Headspace to be a great tool. You can try out some guided prac­tices for free, and if you like it, you can ac­cess a large col­lec­tion of pro­grams for $12.99/month. With Headspace, you can med­i­tate whether you're fold­ing laun­dry, run­ning, or sit­ting in bed, with a va­ri­ety of pro­grams for dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties. We rec­om­mend tak­ing short med­i­ta­tion (or nap) breaks to help stay alert and peace­ful through­out your day.

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