For the woman on the go, life is a balancing act between professional commitments and personal goals. One has to find time for everything as everything is important in its own right. Thankfully, in our day and age, technology has made things a little easier, and gives us plenty of options to work smartly. One way to do so is to download Apps on your handheld devices that solve a multitude of your problems, and have your life running more efficiently.
We bring to you 7 kind of Apps and some recommendations within them which will surely bring more method to the madness you are surrounded with.
1. Stay on top of the News
It’s a must. To start your mornings with a daily update on what’s happening around the world is a great idea. It could be the App of your favourite news medium like NDTV, Times of India or it could be the News aggregators like Feedly or Pocket. The aggregator Apps keep track of all your favourite sites, news feeds, YouTube etc. and keep you posted with what is in the News and where. Apps like Pocket help you bookmark and save the articles for later reading; thus keeping you assured that you are not going to miss out on anything that is worth your attention. We also like the ‘Share with a Friend’ feature in the App. If you are really pressed for time, try InShorts – national and international news summarised into 60 words or less.
2. Organize your life
It is indeed like having a personal assistant at your beck and call all the time. Todoist is an App that will keep all your To-Do lists managed. You can set weekly/monthly goals, track your progress on the checklist you make, collaborate with others to share these tasks. The navigation is user-friendly and it integrates with a variety of platforms. Evernote is another productivity-enhancing App that is a rage amongst its dedicated users. Take notes on the App wherever you are, upload images, videos, audio files across tools like PDF, MS Office etc. Share these with collaborators at ease and you are sure to make the right impression.
3. Simplify staying healthy
Do not ignore this tip as you can continue to work only till your body allows you to. To look and stay fit is the need of the day as our eating and physical activities are becoming less and less healthy. We are walking less, we are staring at our screens more and we are consuming junk food like there is no tomorrow. An App that monitors your input and output in terms of what you are doing to your body, will help you turn healthy living into a daily habit. Fitbit, My Fitness Pal, Run Meter, Lose It! are just some of the names which are favourites among people who are addicted to health Apps.
4. Yummify your food platter
Recipe Apps are handy too. If you are forever bogged down by the question from your cook or family- ‘What’s for dinner tonight?’, try one of the food Apps. Browse through what is cooking in other kitchens, get inspired by the handy kitchen tips or simply get ideas on how to get variety in your food. SweetNSpicy, AllRecipes, Dinner Spinner, Yummly are some places where you can get all the food answers that you are looking for.
5. Who does the grocery shopping?
Take advantage of all the new Grocery Apps around your area who deliver essentials home. Do not try to be the wonder woman who handpicks everything. You can be that person over the weekends, maybe, but a handy Grocery Supply App like Grofers or Big Basket is truly a friend in need. So as you leave work, order some pasta, white sauce and some veggies from the App and all will get delivered just as you enter your home.
6. Stay safe, stay mobile, stay connected
We can go on and on about our rights to be able to wear what we want, stay out till we please and return home as late as it is required but the truth is, until things improve on the ground for our safety, every working woman is vulnerable if she is not taking care of herself. There are Apps which must be on your phone so you don’t depend on anyone for mobility yet when you are away from your trusted people, they can feel connected to you and give you a sense of security. Have a Cab aggregator App (like Uber/Ola) and along with that, a safety App which shows your coordinates to people you have chosen and sends them SOS messages in case of a mishap. An App like SOS- Stay Safe for instance just needs you to press Power and it automatically sends your location and device battery level to friends and family. It is better to be safe than sorry as they say.
7. Give your brain a break
Most of our day goes into logging into several sites and sometimes even on someone else’s machines. All the sites have Logins and passwords. Is it even humanly possible to remember so many passwords (unless you keep one standard password for all of them- which can be a huge mistake)? To simplify your life, install a Password manager right now. LastPass, Dashlane are some of the most known Apps which have been designed to solve our password management woes. From Online shopping to checking mails, a Password Managing App will clear your mind from the worries of juggling with several passwords you manage and thus save on a lot of time.
Do not get intimidated by the ever- increasing world of Apps. They are built to make our lives easier and if we know the aspects of our lives where we can do with some help, why not go out and use them?
Only two rules Apply: First, check ratings, read online reviews and talk to existing users – this is the best way to know about the functionality and best uses of an App. Secondly, use the App. Simply knowing about the features and having the logo on your phone screen isn’t enough. Get in the habit of delegating your load on to an App and then see how your life gets a structure.
About The Author
An MBA from MICA, Parul Tyagi is a marketer and a freelance content curator for over a decade now. An avid blogger, she has written articles for several offline and online publications. After penning down her first two fiction books- Love Will Find A Way and Hurry Om Hari, she forayed into non-fiction writing with her latest, quirky and strictly non-preachy title- 69 Things I Wish I Knew Before Getting Married. A full-time mother of two boys, Parul finds her peace in reading, traveling and eating (mostly all at the same time!)