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Many of us want to improve ourselves, but we don’t know where begin or how to change.

Maybe it’s lack of time or motivation that keeps you from working toward improvement, or maybe it’s simple procrastination.

Whatever your reason for neglecting self-improvement Learn 10 Simple Self Improvement Tips In 10 Minutes [Stuff to Watch] Learn 10 Simple Self Improvement Tips In 10 Minutes [Stuff to Watch] These quick videos from Psychologist and author Richard Wiseman teach you simple ways to become better. Read More , there’s an incredible variety of tech tools available to help you move forward.

Begin with Self-Awareness

On your journey to a better you, recognize that self-improvement begins with self-awareness. Knowing yourself, your habits, your motives, and your values will make it easier to transform your problem areas. Taking a good look at yourself from within will help you to realize who you truly are.

Apps for Journaling

my wonderful days app

Writing down your daily thoughts, activities, and revelations will serve you well. One study proved that writing eases the symptoms of depression. Here are a few of my favorite apps for journaling 4 Awesome Journal Apps To Write About Your Day [iPhone] 4 Awesome Journal Apps To Write About Your Day [iPhone] Journal and diary writing have a long rich history, and now thanks to very crafty software developers, there are digital shelves of seductively rich apps that inspire you to write down your memories and daily... Read More :

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  • Momento (iOS, $1.99). Momento helps you create a snapshot of your day by integrating information from your social networks with your personal daily thoughts.
  • My Wonderful Days (iOS, $2.99). If your aim is to create short journal entries, My Wonderful Days is perfect. There’s space to add your daily thoughts, upload images, and record your mood.

Download: Momento for iOS | My Wonderful Days for iOS.

Personality Testing Apps

Know thyself pro app

Maybe you’re interested in learning more about your own personality traits. Such knowledge will help you become more self-aware, which will then lead to more successful progress toward self-improvement. I like Know Thyself Pro (iOS, $2.99) and Personality Coach (Android, $9.99).

Download: Know Thyself Pro for iOS | Personality Coach for Android.

Reach Out to Others

iCoach app

Self-improvement is a highly personal process, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Communicating 6 iPhone Communication Apps to Write Notes, Message and Tweet Faster [iOS] 6 iPhone Communication Apps to Write Notes, Message and Tweet Faster [iOS] The true meaning of mobile for me is pulling out my iPhone and getting something done quickly while waiting in traffic at a stoplight, in line to order fast-food, or in the morning after my... Read More with other people about your intentions and progress can actually be very helpful. Here are a few ways to effectively connect with others and further your progress toward self-improvement using tech tools:

Download: The iCoach for iOS.

Besides addressing self-awareness, lay out some goals for overall self-improvement. What exactly do you want to improve and why?

Whether you want to improve your weight, mental focus or relationships with other people, think about schedules instead of deadlines and lifestyle choices instead of immediate life-changing transformations.

Best Apps for Goal Setting

habit list app

Unrealistic expectations are among the top killers of any self-improvement plan. Begin by writing down small, measurable goals How Using "If-Then" Logic Can Help You Reach Your Goals How Using "If-Then" Logic Can Help You Reach Your Goals We set resolutions for the new year with good intentions. It's all about self-improvement. But intentions aren't enough. To follow through, you need a plan of action. Read More . Once you know where you want to go, set a proper schedule for how to get there. These are my favorite apps for goal setting:

  • Habit List (iOS, $3.99). Habit List allows you to achieve your goals through creating good habits. You can set reminders, track progress and more.
  • Strides (iOS, free). The best part of Strides is that it’s free and creates beautiful graphs and visuals that show your progress.

Download: Habit List for iOS | Strides for iOS.

Make Lifestyle Choices

healthy recipes app

While it’s noble to aim high and set forth to immediately transform your life overnight, it’s more feasible to make lifestyle changes that you can integrate into your daily life.

For example, instead of saying, “I will lose 50 lbs in the next three months,” make a commitment to replace one unhealthy snack with a healthy alternative every day. You could use a free app like Lose It! to help you reach your goal, slowly, over time, and by changing your lifestyle.

Other self-improvement apps for making healthier lifestyle choices include the following:

  • irunrun (iOS, free). This app is a performance and liability platform to help enhance your life by focusing on recurring behaviors.
  • Healthy Recipes (iOS and Android, free). This app offers over 500,000 recipes from the popular Spark Recipes website.

Download: Lose It! for Android and iOS | irunrun for iOS | Healthy Recipes for iOS and Android.

Try Something Entirely New

DuoLingo app

Don’t be afraid to break outside of your comfort zone and try something new. For example, learn a new language, then sing in that language, and maybe write subtitles to your favorite movie in another language. (There’s an app for language learning, too, of course. I like DuoLingo.)

Download: DuoLingo for Android and iOS.

You could also branch out and look into possible online courses 15 of the Best Courses on Udemy for Self-Improvement 15 of the Best Courses on Udemy for Self-Improvement We can no longer pretend that schools will teach us everything. So, start learning something on your own. Online education is a crowded space. Which makes us ask the question -- Which course should I... Read More that would help you meet your self-improvement goals.

Look into a day in the life of an interesting professional with a site like Life Tramp. And yes, here you can give back by helping someone find their own passion as well. You can even use the right tools to reinvent your career Want To Switch Jobs? 5 Tools That Help You Reinvent A New Career Want To Switch Jobs? 5 Tools That Help You Reinvent A New Career Finding the right career is easier with online tools and career counselors. But to truly understand your dream job, you need to dive deeper and decide for yourself if that job fits you. Read More and improve your life.

Matt Cutts is the last person you would find stuck in a rut. The Google engineer and a well-known name to webmasters around the world advises trying something new for 30-days. Watch this excellent (and inspiring) three minute TED talk.

Enjoy Your Journey

A recent Oxford Economics study found that the number of unused vacation days in the United States is the highest it’s been in 40 years. By some estimates, workers leave nearly 25% of their vacation days Wanderfly: Get Vacation Suggestions Based on Your Preferences Wanderfly: Get Vacation Suggestions Based on Your Preferences Read More  on the table, choosing instead to work.

All work and no play can be stressful for anyone. Your journey toward self-improvement should be empowering. And while that comes with some dedication, it should be fun. Work hard, play hard, and use the tech tools available to you to make the most of your life’s journey.

What do you struggle with most when it comes to setting a new self-improvement goal? What is a strategy you have used to overcome these struggles in the past?

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  1. Mike
    February 27, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    For improving math skills in business environment try: FInMath - Financial mathematics

  2. Istvan
    March 24, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    There is another self-improvement app in development http://champyapp.com
    The main focus - create habits and challenge you friends. Check it out.

  3. Robyn
    March 12, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    I'm in the middle of a self-improvement think-fest. I've kept a journal for decades, which helps me see patterns of thought and recently started a log of decisions I've made so I can review them later for how they turned out. Right now, I'm trying to set more specific goals for myself and I'm working through understanding what those goals should be. I don't want to choose something that just seems achievable, but something that will bring more depth to my life through the accomplishment.

  4. Saikat
    March 12, 2015 at 2:07 am

    For me, it started with frustration! And a yearning to build self-belief. Maybe, there were underlying self-esteem issues. I managed to work on them through a gradual process of awareness. Doodling was my substitute for journaling, and it helped a lot in clarifying what I wanted from life and the day.

    • Rob
      March 12, 2015 at 5:09 am

      Saikat, what kind of doodles? I've found myself accidentally doodling lately- was if conscious and deliberate, or more mindless doodling?

    • Saikat Basu
      March 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      I am trying it for all sorts of activities -- from brainstorming article ideas to creating more visual to-do lists. When I started, it was more about clarifying where I wanted to see myself after x many years. It just feels kind of relaxing...and there are definite cognitive benefits of scratching around on paper :)

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