Use your smartphone for all it’s worth and download these apps to improve your work-life balance.
When you try to balance a career with what seems to be a non-existent personal life, you’ll do almost anything to save a few hours each week.
By optimizing when you do little things like shopping, cleaning, fulfilling a prescription, or following the news, you can actually save quite a bit of time.
Not only can you minimize the time you spend on boring tasks at home with these apps. Some will also help you save time at work, and thus give you more time to do other things.
Tick of cooking and cleaning
Save your free time for friends and hobbies. Don’t waste it doing things you dislike.
I’d love to add an app for cleaners to the list as well, but my current supplier of a freshly smelling apartment only has a website. Do you have an app based favourite that helps you book a cleaner?
Don’t waste time in a physical store
In the UK, actually going somewhere physically to shop takes forever. You first have to travel in traffic to get there, and then you spend an hour looking for something you never find.
You can avoid this hassle altogether by doing your shopping in an app.
But the real time-saver is to get groceries through an app as well. I get Ocado to deliver water, yoghurts, and other snacks I keep around the apartment early in the morning before I leave for work.
Keep your health in check
What do you do when you run out of birth control pills in the middle of a hectic project? You book an online appointment with your health app.
This might not sound like a big deal, but not having to use one or two hours of a day to get to a doctor’s office, has a big impact if your work-life balance is already stretched.
I use Babylon, and even though I wouldn’t give them a 5-star rating, they’re always good to have as a back-up when you don’t have time to run to the doctor’s office for minor stuff.
Calm down and relax
A little indulgence on the weekends goes a long way to make you feel better about your lack of work-life balance.
You can use a massage app like Urban to book an appointment to your own apartment when you’re exhausted. It saves you the time to travel somewhere, and you can stay more relaxed.
Another winner for stressed-out working-women is Headspace. Use it to cool down your mind between meetings and get some quiet time.
Start loving app-based newspapers
Any woman who wants to stay on top of her game needs to be updated on what’s happening in her industry.
But you shouldn’t have to get in early to the office just to read the news. Read them on an app on your commute instead.
For general and economy-related news, I recommend Bloomberg and FT. But a protip is to find the app versions of all niche magazines you need to read in your industry. You’d be surprised how many of them have an app.
Discovering this saved me a lot of time when I was a junior. Download the articles to your phone, and you’ll still be able to read when you’re offline on the tube.
Structure your contacts
Most companies will also have expense systems where you can upload your receipts through an app. Make sure you’re updated on your company’s latest version.
Don’t stay late in the office to scan receipts when you can just take a photo off them and be done with it.
We can’t escape the fact that a lot of jobs have too much face time. Sometimes you have to wait around for a superior to comment on something, and it can be extremely frustrating.
Unfortunately, I don’t have an app that will help get your boss to send you comments sooner, but I can tell you to do something sensible in the meantime.
Why don’t you download Kindle on your phone so you can keep reading your books everywhere? Or finally start that language course you’ve been thinking about using Babbel?
Believe it or not, but I feel like those are some of the best apps to improve your work-life balance. At least it feels like you have time for some valuable personal activities too.
Make travel automatic and easy
You already have uber on your phone. It’s super easy to use when you work overtime and need a ride home, or to a meeting. No need to wait in line for a taxi or try to find a late-night bus.
But you should also add all other travel apps you use at work, for example one from your airline. You shouldn’t have to go to the airport earlier just to stand in line at the check-in counter.
Remember to register with the rewards programs and add your passport details to the app so you can check-in online without hassle every time.
Further reading on apps to improve work-life balance
- Read this article from The Muse on apps for better time management
- 10 free apps to improve your work life balance from Businessnewsdaily
There are tons of apps out there designed to improve your work-life balance, and I’ve only touched upon a few. I would love for you to share which apps you use to optimize your work-day.