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Mobile Apps to Keep Your Mind Active at Home

Updated April 9, 2024 . AmFam Team

Do you need a little help staying motivated at home? Whether you find yourself in the kitchen more, looking for at-home workouts, or needing ways to stay focused and motivated, we’ve got you covered. All you need is your smartphone.

We’ve compiled a list of mobile apps—from cooking and exercising to meditation and habit tracking—that offer inspiration and advice to keep you productive. Take a look.


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Apps to Help You Stay Motivated

Motivation - Daily Quotes. What better way to inspire your passions than with words spoken by the world’s most influential dreamers? With this free app, you’ll receive an empowering quote that energizes you for the day’s endeavors.

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Vision Board. Visualizing your dreams can help make them a reality. Use this app to create a digital dream board to display your greatest goals and visualize a life of realized dreams. If you can see it, you’re far more likely to achieve it.

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Gratitude. This app helps you focus on staying positive, becoming more mindful and living with intention. Some of its customizable features include voice notes, task lists, a journal with prompts, daily affirmations and a vision board.

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Apps to Help You Focus

Headspace. (Opens in a new tab) By making meditation simple, this app can help you refocus and approach life more mindfully, giving you more room to explore your passions. As their website says, “brilliant things happen in calm minds.”

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RoundPie (Opens in a new tab). If you work better with scheduled breaks, RoundPie is the app for you. This productivity app trains you to focus on your task for a set amount of time, usually ten minutes, and then reward yourself with a short break. You can compile a to-do list within the app and use the built-in timer to knock out each task one at a time. Whether you need help focusing on work, school or life in general, this app can help.

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Freedom (Opens in a new tab). Block distracting apps and websites so you can be more productive. Millions of users trust the Freedom app and website blocker to help them improve their focus. 

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Habit-Tracking Apps

Coach.me (Opens in a new tab) This habit-tracking app can help you set goals and stay on track by displaying your progress and providing you with tips to help you succeed. Plus, you’ll get the support of other dreamers like you in the app's community section. And, if your dream could really use a boost, check out the paid version and gain access to real coaches in real time.

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Way of Life. (Opens in a new tab) If you’re looking for an app that requires minimal effort, Way of Life is for you. It takes less than a minute a day to track, identify and change certain habits that may be holding you back. You can completely personalize any goal to fit your life. You’ll receive powerful reminders to stay motivated, plus view data that tracks positive and negative trends over time, all designed to help you make changes for the better.

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HabitShare. (Opens in a new tab) Do you stick to a goal better when you have others to hold you accountable? HabitShare is a social habit tracker that allows you to connect and share habits with friends for extra motivation and accountability. Schedule reminders, create custom habits specific to your goals, and share them with friends.

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At-Home Exercise Apps

Seven (Opens in a new tab). Many of us find it difficult to reserve 30 minutes a day to work out. Now, you can squeeze in your daily exercise in less than ten minutes. No more excuses! The Seven app offers seven-minute, no-equipment sessions that’ll have you breaking a sweat one minute and back to your day the next.

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DailyYoga. (Opens in a new tab) Whether you’ve never tried yoga or you practice it daily, DailyYoga offers a variety of poses and classes that span all fitness levels. Choose from five- to 70-minute sessions—it’s all about options to fit your lifestyle.

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8Fit App. (Opens in a new tab) Working on your fitness and your healthy eating habits? 8Fit will help you make the most of your wellness journey. You’ll get custom, no-equipment workouts that range from 15 to 20 minutes long. And you can take advantage of the nutrition guidance, meal plans and other healthy eating tools to help you reach your goals.

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Cooking Apps

BigOven App. (Opens in a new tab) If you’re looking for a variety of recipes, BigOven offers users over 350,000 to choose from. Stay on top of organizing your meals with an easy-to-use meal planner function and grocery list tool. Have some leftovers to use up? It can help with that, too. And, if you like to gain inspiration from other people’s creations, there’s a fun social feature that allows you to see what others are whipping up.

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Tasty (Opens in a new tab)This app boasts over 3,000 recipes with a step-by-step instruction mode, a mobile cookbook and an innovative search tool that allows you to filter by ingredients, cuisine type and social occasion.

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SideChef. (Opens in a new tab) Whether you’ve been cracking eggs with one hand for years or you're a newbie in the kitchen, SideChef has a recipe for you. With over 2,500 recipes to choose from — each with step-by-step instructions — you’ll find something to satiate your palette. Enjoy voice guidance, integrated timers for a hands-free experience and a social feature that lets you share your questions and creations with others.

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