It’s time for a spot of Monday Motivation, so let’s start with an inspirational quote to get us in the mood:
It’s a fine quote, but it’s not perfect. Because it doesn’t really tell us how to wake up in the first place. And that can be a struggle, especially after a fun-filled weekend.
But don’t worry, help is at hand. We’ve rounded up our favourite alarm clock apps on Android, iOS and Windows Phone for you. A good alarm app is a pretty essential download, especially when you consider some of the manual alternatives…
If you’re the type of person who’d rather not start the day with numerous mechanical slaps and a mess of dangerously tangled hair, here are a few smarter solutions.
FREE on Android
Mimicker is a free alarm clock app that makes you play a simple game to stop its alarm. As the name might suggest to you, this involves mimicking an action. It could be something like repeating a tongue twister, or making a surprised face.
Mimicker is fun but it’s no push over – if you don’t successfully complete your mimic in time, it assumes you’ve fallen asleep and starts your alarm ringing again. D’oh!
Gesture Alarm Clock
FREE on iOS
Gesture Alarm Clock is an alarm app with some very cool and useful features.
To start with, you can rather neatly set up an alarm by drawing the time on your smartphone screen.
There’s also a ‘vibration alarm’ option that can stop you waking up your loved ones when only you have to get up. If you don’t wake up with the sound of your vibrating smartphone, a back-up alarm will kick in after a few minutes.
Gesture Alarm Clock will also wake you up earlier if it detects any travel delays on your journey into work. Very clever.
FREE on Windows Phone
Realarm is well known for being the best alarm app for Windows Phone, and by all accounts it’s just got even better.
It’s got an impressive list of voice commands and comes with full Cortana integration. So you can simply say something like “Wake me up in half an hour” rather than setting up alarm times manually.
You can also use Realarm to give yourself important reminders throughout the day, with the help of its built-in calendar and agenda view.
Do you use any other alarm clock apps to get you up and at ‘em each day? Or have you constructed a dangerous and barely functioning manual clockwork device instead? Either way, let us know by commenting below.