In the period after Christmas, we all like to refocus our minds on our goals and aspirations. For some of us (certainly those of us here writing the blog!) it’s exercising a little more and eating a few more vegetables.
Increasingly, your Xperia smartphone can help make sure you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions, whether you’re looking to drink more water, become more mindful, or look after your wellbeing. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites that are available now on Android.
And remember, if you have the Xperia XZ3, side sense uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide easy and convenient access to your favourite apps in an intuitive new way – you no longer have to scroll!
To look after your wellbeing: Headspace
If you want to make meditation part of your routine then this app could be the one for you. Headspace offers guided meditations to teach you the valuable skill of mindfulness. It offers bite-sized courses so you can squeeze in some time for wellness, even on a busy schedule.
To help you sleep: Sleep Cycle
After the Christmas holidays, it’s important to reset your sleep pattern in a healthy way. Sleep Cycle tracks your snooze time to find your perfect wake-up window. The data collected analyses your stages of sleep to wake you up in your lightest sleep phase, meaning you wake up at your desired time more gently, rather than with a heart-stopping full throttle alarm.
And remember, if you want to ensure your sleep isn’t interrupted by beeping, or even the bright light of a smartphone, you can activate Do Not Disturb on your Xperia. You can set a duration so that you still get all your usual notifications once you’ve woken up ready for work.
To help you to eat healthy: SideChef
After gorging on chocolate, sweet treats and rich puddings over the festive season, sometimes it’s hard getting back to your old healthy habits. SideChef is an app that curates personalised meal plans and recipes from expert chefs. Step-by-step photos, instructions and videos guide you on how to make delicious but healthy recipes. Additionally, you can add recipes to an in-app shopping list so that groceries can be delivered right to your front door.
To kickstart your exercise routine: RunKeeper
Running is not only a great way to get fit, it’s a great time to clear your mind, reassess your goals and plan for the day or week ahead. The RunKeeper app allows you to calculate your running pace and distance, as well as keep a running schedule.
There’s no better running partner than the Xperia Ear Duo, which fits your ears and sits stably and comfortably even when you’re jogging at quite the pace. Unlike traditional headsets, you’ll be able to both listen to music and hear ambient noise around you – meaning you’ll be safe and fully aware of your surroundings.
For the adventurous: Hopper
If you’re a frequent traveller – or you’re looking to go on more adventures in 2019 – Hopper is an app that makes it easy and accessible to book the cheapest flights for where you want to go. Use the price tracker for both round-trip and one-way trips, as well as checking out last-minute deals for spontaneous trips.
To keep track of your work goals: Asana
Asana is a great way to keep track of team projects and jot down quick to-do lists. You can split tasks, manage projects and tick off items that you’ve completed. The app also lets you communicate with your team to share updates and queries, so nothing goes unmissed!
Motivating you to read more: Goodreads
Books are a popular Christmas present, but when you’re busy they can simply sit on the shelves gathering dust. Goodreads is a platform that allows you to see recommendations from friends, a whole host of reviews, as well as keeping track of your yearly reading goal. If you see a book you like in a shop, you can also scan the barcode and add it to your virtual shelf so you don’t forget about it.
To make sure you give something back: Charity Miles
Charity Miles tracks your running, cycling and walking miles to make money for over 40 charities. For every mile you run, the app’s sponsors will make donations based on the amount of steps you cover. It’s the perfect way to help others while keeping fit.
To learn a great new skill: Duolingo
Duolingo is a great first step when learning a new language. There’s a variety of languages to choose from, including English, Spanish, French, German and Japanese, with tools to help you practice your speech, reading, writing and listening. Start with basic phrases and verbs in fun games that could see you speaking fluent sentences in no time at all.
Have you found a particular app helpful in sticking to your goals? Let us know in the comments below.