Swap your smartphone for sleep with SleepTown app

This week, the papers declared the UK a nation of smartphone addicts – see this story in the Independent. This followed the publication of Deloitte’s annual Mobile Consumer Survey, which found that more than half of us feel that we use our phones too much. You probably won’t be that surprised by the findings, which include: Over half of us check our phones within fifteen minutes of waking Nearly 80% of us check our phones in the last…

Productivity software for insecure days

You would be doing well to find a more minimal piece of productivity software than DoOneThing. It is perfect in its simplicity. At the top of your Mac’s screen, in the menu bar where the clock lives, it displays your goal. Just one goal – the most important to-do. Every time you glance at the clock, you catch sight of it and begin to think “maybe I could do that”. Eventually, at some point, I inevitably find…

OmmWriter: Beautiful writing software

There is lots of writing software available. However,  you’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful, distraction-free writing environment than OmmWriter. The video below is from 2009 and so things have changed a little, including the music. A new version called Gaia (2017) has also been released. This has brought in new backgrounds, sounds, fonts and new export formats. However, the basic product is the same and it is a wonderful world in which to write. The key feature that…

How to breathe easy: Introducing Breathing Zone

You know those times when life is feeling a bit overwhelming? Sometimes demands can be coming at us from all directions. I call it baby bird syndrome because, however hard you work, it never seems to quieten down! Well during one such period, I discovered Breathing Zone. Simplicity is the key here with a piece of software that takes you back to the basics of breathing. Breathing Zone encourages us to take a moment out of our day to…

How to unlock your potential with MindBloom

There is a lot of goal software on the market, most of which comes with a price tag. But there have been plenty of times in my life where I’ve wanted to get serious about my goals but had no spare cash to spend on goals software! So I decided to take a look for some free goals software and discovered Mindbloom’s Life Game, which combines goal setting and games!