Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, a venture capital firm, has been tracking how people use their phones. Their findings show that people spend nearly 6 hours of their day on their devices with 3.3 hours of that time being spent on the phone.

If you’re going to spend that much time of your life on a rectangular piece of metal, glass and plastic shouldn’t that time make you and your life better?  The following apps are designed to do just that.

1. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

How and when you wake up determines for the most part how your day goes. Increase your chances of having a great day and getting more done by using the Sleep Cycle alarm clock app to wake you up. Unlike traditional alarm clocks that wake you up at a set time, Sleep Cycle wakes you up during your light sleep cycle which they say is the natural way to wake up feeling rested.

The app uses your devices’ microphone and accelerometer (a sensor that detects movement) to monitor your sleep patterns to accomplish this. In addition to a regular snooze option, the app also has an intelligent snooze feature. It eases you gently through your waking phase with progressively shorter snooze durations.

The app is available for free for both iOS and Android.

2. Dashlane

The average smartphone user has more than 80 apps on their phone and uses close to 40 of them each month. Many of those apps require a login and a password. Maintaining a password list is tiresome at best. The Dashlane app offers a more effective solution.

The app generates, saves and auto fills passwords, secures notes, documents and attachments and also saves personal information, payment details and encrypts online activity when you’re using an unsecured WiFi or unrecognized network. You can access your data on the web whenever you need it, and you also get security breach alerts.

The app is available for both iOS and Android. Users can choose between a free or premium plan. The premium plan is $3.33 per month.

3. Grammarly Keyboard

If you’re a proud card-carrying member of the grammar police, you should look into making the Grammarly Keyboard your trusted sidekick.

This app checks for spelling and grammar errors and corrects advanced punctuation and can even offer vocabulary enhancements. The app replaces your devices default keyboard and checks all written content from emails to text message to social media posts.

The app is available for both iOS and Android. Users can choose between a free or premium plan. The premium plan costs $29.95 monthly, $19.98 quarterly (billed as one payment of $59.95) or $11.66 annually (billed as one payment of $139.95).


IFTTT stands for If This, Then That. This app enables internet-connected apps, services, and devices to work together so that you no longer need to access them individually to complete an action.

For example, you can connect a smart home device with your phone and have it automatically turn on the lights when you are close to home, open the garage door or even turn on the heater. The beauty of this app is that what you can connect, is only limited by your imagination. It’s also easy to use and does not require you to have any programming knowledge.

The app is available for free for both iOS and Android.

5. Calm

Sometimes all you need is 15 seconds of stillness punctuated by nothing else but the sound of falling rain to restore order to your day. Apple’s 2017 App of the Year, Calm, can give you that and so much more.

The app features free and paid 7-day and 21-day programs with over 100 guided meditations designed for both beginners and advanced users. Sessions last anywhere from 3 to 30 minutes and deal with reducing anxiety, getting better sleep, improving focus, meditation, increasing happiness, building self-esteem, developing gratitude and reducing stress. Monthly masterclass sessions led by world-renowned experts are also available along with exclusive music, sounds, and scenes created to help you focus, relax or sleep.

The app is available for free for both iOS and Android. To access all the features though you need a paid subscription. Those cost $12.99/month or $59.99/year. You can get a lifetime subscription for $299.99.

6. Focus Booster

The ability to manage ones’ time as opposed to the availability of time is what determines whether you achieve your goals. With distractions waiting at every turn, the Focus Booster app helps you lock in your focus and get things done.

The app is based on the Pomodoro Technique, a time management tool where tasks are scheduled into intervals separated by short breaks. You’ll be able to create a custom time schedule and track exactly how you use your time and learn how to handle distractions. Time and task data can also be exported to create invoices and reports for clients or management.

The app is available for free for both iOS and Android. They are three subscription plans to choose from – Starter, Individual, and Professional. All plans include a 30-day Professional plan free trial.

  • Starter – The plan is free and comes with 20 Pomodoro sessions per month, Pomodoro timer, time tracking and reporting.
  • Individual – Costs $2.99 monthly and comes with 200 Pomodoro sessions per month plus data exporting in addition to the starter features.
  • Professional – Costs $4.99 monthly. Comes with unlimited Pomodoro sessions in addition to the features in the starter and individual plans.

7. Keelo

The benefits of working out regularly make it one of the single best investment of your time. Keelo lends a hand when finding the time to workout becomes a challenge.

The app is built around high-intensity interval training (HIIT) exercise routines done for less than 20 minutes per day only three times a week. Workouts incorporate a broad range of exercises and are customized to each users goals. You can work out in a gym or at home and use your body weight, actual weights or things around the house for the strength training sessions.  The app tracks calories burned and a functional map shows what areas of the body you have exercised.

The app is available for both iOS and Android. You can use the app for free, but personalized routines require premium access that costs $11.99 monthly, $29.99 quarterly, and $89.99 annually.