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As our lives are becoming increasingly busy and hectic, every little help in overcoming everyday stress and avoiding burnout is more than welcome. Luckily, no other field is recording as fast a development as information technology, which means we can now get assistance for various tasks and our lives can be better organised thanks to the apps downloaded to our mobile devices.
Even better, there are so many apps that come free of charge and make an instant impact that there is little excuse remaining for not turning to them for help. Whether our problem lies in poor time management, forgetfulness or lack of physical activity, we can now choose from thousands, if not millions, of apps for various purposes. Let’s look at some free ones that have become very popular.
Organising your time
With virtual personal assistance now offered in forms of Google Now, Siri and Cortana, that come with the operating system on your mobile device, you may feel you don’t need any other app to help you organise your daily activities on the go. Still, you might want to check out apps such as EasilyDo, 24me, Quip and Wunderlist.
They all offer pretty similar services and connect with your other accounts to make sure you don’t forget anything and they are all quite user-friendly. While it’s still you who has to run errands, whichever app you choose will help you remember exactly what needs to be done and when. You should probably give more than one of them a chance before deciding which design and functions work best for you.
Improving your productivity
EverNote and Trello are just two of many apps that connect well with your other accounts and allow collaboration with other members of your family or team from your workplace. With useful reminders, which won’t let you forget any single task, and a sleek design, you’ll be able to complete all your tasks in the most efficient manner.
Similarly, if you’re an avid user of social media, you can only benefit from apps such as Hootsuite, which allow you to analyse your followers and friends, and schedule your posts so that they have the highest possible engagement.
As we spend more and more time working, we’re running a risk of neglecting our physical (and mental) health. Luckily, we can use an app like Fitnet, which features sets of very short exercises that we can do pretty much anywhere. Another great feature is that it also uses the camera to help you see how closely you follow the moves.
Nike+ is another popular free choice, which you can use if you’re interested in exercises designed by professional trainers. What is particularly interesting about this app is that you can share your workout info with others.
Fooducate is one of the most interesting apps out there. Not only can it scan barcodes of products to let you know how healthy they are, but it also tracks your sleep and mood patterns. Taking all information into account, this app makes suggestions regarding your diet in order to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Although we can’t get rid of stress completely (and recent studies show that a little bit of stress is actually beneficial to our health), we can significantly reduce its levels by using some handy apps. For example, Happify will help you deal with stress and anxiety by offering a range of activities that are supposed to bring you peace of mind.
Moving your home or office can be extremely stressful. Luckily, apps such as the increasingly popular Instatruck can help you find a moving truck and a driver that will transport any load you might have.
Since an increasing number of people are experiencing insomnia and can’t fall asleep, or are unable to get enough rest at night, or they wake up in the middle of the night due to often inexplicable anxiety, it comes as no surprise that many apps have been designed to provide assistance in that field. For example, Awoken, Sleepmaker Rain and Sleep Well Hypnosis all tackle different aspects of sleep deprivation.
Whether you have problems falling asleep or waking up for no reason, you can turn to one of many apps available for free. Give them a go and, hopefully, this terribly inconvenient problem will disappear.
As you can see, there are many parts of our lives that we require help with when it comes to becoming more organised and efficient. Believing that a gadget can solve all our problems is wrong, but if we use the benefits of free apps, we’ll most definitely notice some improvement.
The fact that there are so many of them, and that we can get and test them for free is probably one of their greatest advantages. After all, our lives will not become an even bigger mess because we’re using some apps. It only happens if we are unrealistic about our capacity and no app can fix that… yet.