Kyō App: Making Daily Reflection Manageable in 2018 [Tool of The Week] 263

Kyō App: Making Daily Reflection Manageable in 2018 [Tool of The Week] kyo

Reflection is important. It’s not something that should only happen at the end of each year, though. But must become an attitude towards life. At every step of the journey, we should stop, get back to the present, reflect, take some decisions, make sure we’re doing what’s right, and then continue.

To help you with that in the new year, I found an app that can become your daily reflection journal – Kyo, only available on the App Store for iOS devices.

What is Kyo App?

According to its creators, ‘KYŌ is a personal daily reflection app. We help fuel your daily reflection through questions from some of the most inspiring figures in the world.’

It’s a tool that helps you reflect in the company of your idols, and that’s one of the things I like about it the most. One of the names associated with it is Leo Babauta, someone who’s been inspiring me on my personal journey over the years through his blog ZenHabits.

The Importance of Daily Reflection

Daily reflection is something the people I consider my mentors have relied on since they can remember. Let’s take Tim Ferriss, for instance. He shares that reflective writing is the most cost-effective therapy he’s ever found.

A question is a powerful thing when presented at the right time and by the right person.

And by providing a guided approach and platform that loops in people’s’ idols, like Kevin Rose, Om Malik, Leo Babauta, with Kyo App we can unlock an entirely new depth of reflection. One we’ve never really seen anywhere before.

KYŌ is Japanese for ‘today’.

There’s really no other day more important than today, and no other moment more precious than this one. And that’s what the creators of the Kyo App have tried to remind us of, by leveraging technology to fit into our lives, instead of adding one more thing that we need to fit into our days.

How Does Kyo Work?

Let’s take a look inside the reflection journal tool.

For a start, what are the goals of the app? Well, they are connected to mind, body, and spirit. Kyo aims to lower your anxiety and stress, increase clarity and focus, and stimulate creativity.

Kyo helps you ask the right questions at the right time. It gives you all entries in one place and provides guidance from experts around the world.

KYŌ app on the apple store daily reflection journal

Pricing

Anyone can use KYŌ for FREE. You will be able to create entries, use KYŌ prompts and see all interviews.

However, monthly and yearly plans give full access to KYŌ’s entire collection of custom question packs and “how-to” content plus additional features like custom reminders on your questions.

The two auto-renewing subscription options are:

  • $2.99 per month
  • $24.99 per year.

Are you ready to make reflection part of your days?

I do believe a single app like Kyo can help us be more mindful, find answers to the deeper questions, and – ultimately – find direction and achieve more.

If you are in need of some clarity and focus too, make sure to check out the app on the App Store.

Get The Lifestyle Designer's Digest
Directly into your inbox every Monday.
Previous ArticleNext Article

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success 4

The Importance of Exercise to Your Professional Success

In today’s world, most jobs are demanding both physically and mentally. Competition is not always based on the best resume, education, or experience. Having the upper hand in your profession is most likely linked to your ability to think quickly, act appropriately, and carry out difficult duties with the utmost quality.

You need to be able to bring something new, different, and maybe even better to the table. So, how can you get the edge? How can you maximize your professional potential and output?

Believe it or not, the answer to that question might be found outside the workplace. It may be what you do when you are not at work that makes the difference in your work. What is it? EXERCISE, that’s what!

Replace Some Screen Time or Other Time Wasters.

Everyone needs to take a break from the workday. Television, gaming, social media, and video-viewing are what we often go to for this.

Try replacing some of your downtime with exercise, or trying exercising while you are in front of the screen. Exercising instead of sitting will not only help relieve some stress from your day but also help release some built up tension so you can actually rest better at night, helping you be better prepared for the next work day.

Exercising a few hours before bedtime elevates your body temperature. When your body temperature returns to normal, your brain and body are ready to sleep.

Exercise Sharpens Your Thinking.

It is a fact that as we age, our cognitive abilities decline.

While researchers may not have found the cure for dementia-related disorders, they do know that exercise helps delay onset or slow down its progression. Exercising during the years of 25 – 45 can boost the brain chemicals that prevent shrinking of the brain. It has also been shown to create new brain cells and increase proteins found in the brain that help keep thinking skills sharp.

Exercise Reduces Sick Time.

Exercise improves general health functioning and helps build your immunity to illnesses.

It has also been shown to increase our ability to think and work under stress, rather than giving in to the stress and being more susceptible to illness.

This keeps you reporting to work on a regular basis, and taking less sick days. The more you are at work, the more productive you are, and the more your employer values you.

Working Out Increases Your Stamina.

Long work days can leave you drained and listless. If you know you are facing long meetings, strenuous work sessions, or overtime for increased production demands, you can prepare to meet these challenges head-on.

As you exercise, over time your stamina will be able to withstand longer and more strenuous workouts. It also translates into helping you stay sharp during those long, arduous workdays.

Yes, How You Look Does Count.

best ways to become a millionaire

While it may never be mentioned, your appearance is noticed by employers, co-workers, interviewers, etc. You do not necessarily need to look like a buff bodybuilder, but having a svelte, strong appearance is a benefit.

Other’s first perception of you is of great importance. Think about interviewing prospective employees. Honestly consider the impact of their first impression on their employment outlook. Healthy looking is definitely a check in the “yes” column.

Energy levels are also higher when you are exercising regularly, and your energy is part of how you are perceived overall. When you start to feel better about yourself, you begin to present a more positive image to your coworkers.

It Boosts Your Confidence.

When you have conquered a goal in your exercise plan, like being able to run an entire mile instead of having to stop and walk some, you know you have accomplished something. You are on your way to bigger and better goals.

There may have been times along the way that you felt like that milestone would never come, but here it is. You feel proud and motivated to keep working toward your next goal. You see the fruits of your labor. You are energized and begin to feel better about yourself overall.

You begin to feel a sense of accomplishment that does not leave when you exit the gym doors. You carry that as a boost in your confidence as you go into work.

Bring the Habits of Exercise to Work.

What else do you learn through exercise? Goal setting, resilience, perseverance, learning new things, taking chances, organizing and managing your time, just to name a few. These are great skills to boost your performance at work, too.

You begin to realize that you can take what you have learned through setting up and sticking with an exercise plan to the workplace. You can use all these skills in your career. As you do, you will become more confident and thus, more effective in your daily tasks.

All of these are learned by starting, committing to, and following through with a fitness plan, and can become more of a life plan.

If you are looking for a job, being physically fit might not get you the job, but it will definitely help your chances. Your first impression is incredibly important, so do not brush off exercise and fitness lightly.

Exercise has so many benefits like sharpening thinking, building stamina, increasing energy, reducing negative effects of stress, building immunity, and boosting self-confidence. This can really help you in your professional success.

The benefits extend beyond your exercise time.

They stay with you day in and day out. If you are not currently exercising regularly, just start today, doing something small. Some sit-ups in front of the television, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, cleaning up your diet, or increasing your walking pace as you move around the office are good ways to get started. You will feel the benefits, even with these small steps.