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9 apps that will seriously simplify your life

From better email habits to never forgetting your passwords.

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HOW MANY TIMES would you say you’ve touched your phone in the last 24 hours? Fifty, maybe one hundred? The latest research would actually suggest the figure is closer to 2,617.

And with social media thrown into the mix, phones often get a bad rap for stunting our productivity, when in fact those 2,000+ taps can each be used to do something to simplify our lives.

Here’s how to stop scrolling and use apps to streamline your life.

I want to: Do things more efficiently

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1. Get on top of your tasks: Todoist

Often find yourself about to leave work when you remember you didn’t do something important? Todoist allows you to colour-code your tasks in order of priority across themes like work, shopping, errands and even movies to watch. Think of it as a digital version of a bullet journal that you can use both at your desk and on the move.

2. Spend less time reading emails with Spark

Wondering how much of your work day goes into checking emails? A shocking 4.1 hours on average, according to The Washington Post, who crafted a calculator for you to work out your personal average. Spark automatically identifies your emails as newsletters, notifications and personal – meaning you are only notified for what’s important.

3. Organise your day: Swipes

Using the same satisfying swipe that made Tinder so popular, Swipes allows you to keep track of your tasks by swiping them left to snooze to a particular time later that day or week or right when they are completed – meaning you only ever have to focus on one at any one time. Here’s a video of how it works.

I want to: Be able to find things easily

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4. Keep links in the one place: Instapaper

Always have trouble re-finding an article or a video you saw? The ‘saved’ section of Facebook and Instagram can be useful but it’s still not always clear which you saw it on. Instapaper seeks to solve this issue and allows you to store all of your articles, videos and other useful links in the one place for future reading – with folders to organise everything.

5. Never forget your password again: 1Password

There is nothing more frustrating than going to login on a site you don’t use that often and having to try out all of your passwords to no avail, or less secure than using the same password for everything. 1Password not only stores all your passwords locked away, it generates high-security ones for any account you have. Here’s a video of how it works.

6. Get fast, reliable help when something goes wrong: Fixers

When your computer breaks or a fuse goes in your home, who has the time to ring around and find someone available, at a rate you can afford? Fixers takes the stress out of that for you – letting you contact the right person, look at their recommendations, get a quote and even pay by card – for any niggling task you need done.

I want to: Keep better tabs on my health

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7. Keep track of your workout and diet: MyFitnessPal

Whether you’re trying to follow a diet or just want to eat a few less donuts, keeping track of what you’re eating and how much you’re exercising is a foolproof way to stay on top of your fitness. MyFitnessPal has a list of over five million foods and an extensive list of workout activities so you can get a good idea of what’s worth sweating for.

8. Get real-life rewards for working out: Sweatcoin

An app that is currently sitting at number one in the American charts, Sweatcoin manages to combine fitness tracking and micropayments to make you feel like you’re earning more than just muscle when you stay active. It tracks your steps to earn you points towards airline tickets and tech gadgets, or even just donate them to charity.

9. Clear your mind before you go to sleep: Calm

When we spoke to a sleep expert recently, one of the biggest issues he cited is that we don’t give ourselves enough ‘wind down’ time to fall asleep easily. If you’re not getting the shuteye you deserve, try a quick meditation with Calm before you go to sleep. They even offer bedtime stories for adults designed to relax and induce deep sleep.

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