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Gear & Gizmos: Embark on a journey of personal growth

Make some time to focus on developing yourself (and have some fun along the way) with these gadgets.

by Adam Gale
Last Updated: 29 Apr 2016

I Can Be Confident app 

iOS, free

It can take many years to become truly comfortable in your own skin. If you're in a hurry, why not try an app? Just find a quiet space, slap on some headphones, and let the narrator's hypnotic voice lull you into a state of deep relaxation. The messages of self-empowerment contained within the 15 audio tracks (one free, the rest $1) will then sink in. Or, at least, they would do if the narrator's voice hadn't immediately sent you to sleep, but it's worth a shot. 

Rating 1/3

Atlas wristband

Around £160

Personal growth doesn't have to be of the emotional kind. Hulk up with this rugged wearable. Its 360 degree sensors automatically detect which exercise you're doing, providing detailed data so you can analyse your form on your phone. It's like a personal trainer on your wrist, targeting weak spots you weren't even aware of, for maximum muscle gain. You'll be ripped in no time, though if you go too far the same may be said of your favourite suit.

Rating 2/3

Lego Serious Play

Price varies

You may not have thought that building a pirate hideout from tiny yellow bricks could help grow your business, but the boffins at Denmark's favourite toy firm disagree. Their patented process, involving several bags of Lego and a trained facilitator, promises to enhance innovation, boost business performance and 'transform insight and awareness into commitment and shared goals'. And if that doesn't work, at least you'll have a ready-made birthday present for the kids.

Rating 2/3

Chinese elm bonsai

Price varies

Spring is a great time to start pruning your bonsai. In nature, a Chinese elm would grow up to 65ft high, but with care and attention you can keep it small enough for your coffee table. Visualise the shape you want and then get pruning. Use concave cutters, start at the bottom, then wire the branches to restrict growth. It can take years to master the art of bonsai though, so if you're the impatient sort you might want to get a cactus instead.

Rating 3/3

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