A lot of us blame technology for the constant stress that we're under and for the fact that we feel constantly so wired. We're continuously bombarded by notifications and messages and we seem to spend half our time looking at screens - is it any wonder so many of us are burned out?
But just as guns don't kill people - people do, so is it true that apps don't make you tired - you do.
The key is just to use the right technology. Actually, there are plenty of apps out there that can help you to feel less stressed and that can reduce that information overload. Likewise, there are also a number of online services that can do the same. Let's take a look at a few of them.
Headspace is an app that can teach you how to practice mindfulness meditation. The app does cost money if you intend to keep using it but the first few sessions are free and provide a great introduction.
Fabulous is a beautifully designed app for Android that can help you to take on new habits and routines and that will guide you through your goals and objectives. It makes setting new challenges for yourself fun and encourages you with motivation and tips along the way.
Here's a great way to use technology to make your life easier - set up some standing orders with online services. There are actually tons of companies that now offer there services on an automated recurring business:
- Clothes companies that send you a new outfit every month
- Supermarkets that let you have your weekly shop delivered to you
- Diet companies that send ready made meals/ingredients to you on a daily basis
- Flower shops that send flowers to someone on their birthday every year
Consider if something like this could help!
A virtual assistant is an assistant that works for you via the web. They tend to be based in India and are very affordable but their services cover anything that can be done online. That could mean doing research for your work, or it could mean helping you organize a holiday!
Todoist is a great 'to-do list' app that lets you set to do lists and then receive notifications and reminders about them.
Any calendar app can be a great way to check your availability and to avoid over booking yourself. It syncs with other apps and even lets you share your schedule with others too.