Getting up and going in the mornings can be difficult for quite a few of us. While most of us know how to use the alarm on our smart phones, why not take it to another level and use some apps that not only wake you up but get you motivated to get out the door in a good mood. Granted there are dozens of apps out there that can do this, but here are some we reviewed and put together for morning motivation.
- Alarm Clock Extreme-this not so obnoxious sounding app can be set to slowing increase in volume so as to not shock you awake. There’s even a snooze feature that’s customizable. You can either solve a math problem to dismiss the alarm or just snooze. There’s even the option of setting the snooze so it decreases in time after each alarm and a maximum number of times you can hit the snooze.
- Sunrise, from the developers of Foursquare’s user interface design, integrates Google Calendar, Facebook, Eventbrite and LinkedIn and more into an eye-appealing morning digest of short emails. You can check the latest weather; see your schedule for the day along with thumbnails of who’s celebrating a birthday. Rescheduling an event is done with just a tap of an arrow. The email subject line tells you how many events and birthdays on that day’s calendar and the emails arrive by 7 a.m. to give you plenty of time for handling things.
- Sworkit lets you take your daily fitness in chunks ranging from five to sixty minutes. This is a great way to not miss your daily workouts with focuses on yoga, cardio and strength training. The only equipment you need is your body. The app builds randomized training circuits for you. Embedded videos show you the moves for each exercise. This is great for people always on the go. No more searching for the gym.
- Ted Talks are short videos you may have seen on YouTube. This quick pep speeches feature wise thoughts from educators, scientists, entrepreneurs and other professionals from all walks of life. With over 1000 videos and more each day, you can learn something new every day.
- Have your friend’s tweets and status updates read to you with Guide. This app takes web content and reads it to you, broadcast style. Although still in early alpha phase, it’s scheduled for beta in early March. You can also sync your social network feeds ignoring ads and non-news items.