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Productivity apps to help manage your time

In today’s non-stop digital world, it’s becoming more important than ever to make every minute count. Often, that means reshuffling things and prioritising others, while still making time for family and relaxation so that we don’t burn ourselves out or suffer from chronic stress. One of the benefits of technology is the increasing use of apps and tools to better plan our jam-packed lives. We take a look at a few top apps to help manage your time — and your mental health.

Google Calendar 
While this may not be an app, your Google Calendar is more than just your average calendar. In fact, it’s become so handy, many tend to think of it as their own personal PA. Along with adding events, you can create your own tasks list for the week (if you’re a serial task-crosser you’ll enjoy this feature). You can go so far as to map out your entire week: everything from dropping the little ones at school, to writing a blog post, going to Pilates, packing next day lunches, seeing a friend for coffee, or creating a “me time” block of time. This article shows you step-by-step how to organise your life using Google Calendar and Google Docs.

For those who enjoy ticking off tasks, this organisation app could be a time management game changer. Use this app to create and access your tasks everywhere — iPhone, Android, Apple watch, Mac, and Chrome to name just a few platforms. Other impressive features include:

  • Simple interface, lightweight, and easy to use
  • Reminders
  • Calendar view
  • Share list — ideal for work projects or family grocery lists, etc.
  • Tags
  • Search feature
  • Transfer tasks to email

Sometimes, carrying a notebook and pen to jot down ideas and thoughts, or daily reminders can feel like a bit of schlep and it may not be very practical depending on your surroundings or job. That’s where Evernote comes in. Here, you can quickly snap a picture of a sketch, jot down a reminder on the go, or create a to-do list. Everything is synced and can be viewed on any device, which gives you one less thing to worry about. You also have the option to share lists or images, and if you want to pull up that note you made yourself while standing in the bank queue, you can easily retrieve it with the search feature.

Instead of drawing up lists, or creating and filling up spreadsheets each week, consider trying a money management app, like 22seven to free up some time and keep track of your everyday finances. This app is free, and it’s also handy if you’re thinking about investing or working to a strict budget. Some stand-out features include:

  • A personal budget that’s generated for you so that you can see exactly how much money you have and what you spend each month
  • Tips and observations about how to use your money better (personalised)
  • Automatic categorisation of all your transactions
  • An option to invest and grow your money, effortlessly
  • Secure information
  • Great support from 8am to 8pm

And there you have it, four free apps to help manage your time better and give you peace of mind so that you have more time for family, fun, relaxing, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life.

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