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Published on March 21st, 2017 | by Technable


Slowing Things Down: Sensible Steps to Improve Your Life With Just a Smartphone

Slowing Things Down: Sensible Steps to Improve Your Life With Just a Smartphone

When was the last time you slowed down and paid attention to the important things in life? If you’re like a lot of people, you probably find yourself being distracted by all sorts of peripheral things during the day. If you own a smartphone, you have in your hands an amazing device that can actually improve your life.

How much time do you spend on your phone?

Believe it or not, most Americans use their smartphones for nearly five hours a day. That’s the stats from Digital Trends magazine and just goes to show that not everyone is as sensible with their phone time as they might be. Time managers such as Habitica help busy people organize their hours. The app, which is available for Apple and Android devices, manages daily tasks in a fun, game-like interface. Tell it what you need to accomplish, and the Habitica app will keep you focused.

Do you send or receive money? If so, you’ll want to know about Venmo. Instead of waiting outside because you forgot your wallet, transfer funds to your friends in an instant. iOS and Android ready, Venmo takes the hassle out of paying for person-to-person purchases. Evernote lets you store pictures, memos, documents and other vital stuff on the cloud. From there, you can tap into your files and edit or share them from anywhere. Evernote app can be accessed on your smartphone, computer, tablet or all three.

Talk, talk, talk

If one of your weekly to-dos involves meeting with a licensed counselor or therapist, the Talkspace app may be of interest. The therapy app is designed for people who would benefit from counseling don’t have access to in-person therapy sessions, says Buzzfeed.

Need to communicate with coworkers, but not everyone is in the same place? Don’t want to let anyone overhear your project plans? Slack is a free chat app that enables idea sharing in a private chatroom environment. Slack can be used on smartphones and computers. Find it at Google Play.

Take audio notes

Next time you need to take or make a call while taking notes, record the call with a call recorder app by Apalon Apps, instead. As long as parties are aware that the call’s being digitally recorded, it’s a great way to retrieve verbatim info after the call is concluded. When shopping for a call recorder app, look for one that offers PIN security and auto sorting. If you can play back calls through speakers or headphones, even better. An automatic phone recorder app makes it easier and safer to answer calls while driving. You won’t have to try to take notes during the call, and you’ll have easy access to every word anytime you need to re-hear them.

Smartphone apps can simplify so many aspects of your day-to-day work and personal life. The trick is to find the apps that suit your preferences and ditch the ones that don’t. Not every app your download is a great one, but when you find an app that works for you, let it help slow down and organize your world.

Emma Bridges uses tech to keep her life in check and organized to a T. She’s a bit of a control freak who loves lists but cannot abide clutter. She enjoys organizing and spring cleaning!

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