Here are five smart apps to help you break away from the 24-hour workday.
We live in an age of mobility, which means we’re always on: online, on the go and, yes, on the job...like, all the time. Work emails at 10:00 PM? Check. Calls from the boss while you’re vacationing on a beach in Bali? (Okay, in your sister’s backyard in Altoona.) Check. Between the constant notifications, alerts and calls, employees may develop resentment and eventually find themselves suffering from job burnout. But, before you angrily throw your smart device into the ocean (or whatever body of water is by Altoona), consider that these devices also have downloadable apps that can help you escape from work, clear your mind, stay in shape and better manage your day. Here are five apps to improve your life at work and at home.
Put Your Phone on Hold
Has your addiction to your phone turned you into a screen zombie? Space is a personalized behavior-change program that helps you monitor your phone use. With social network tracking and daily tips, this app makes you more conscious of the time you spend on your device, ultimately helping you to build healthier habits, with your phone and with all those human beings you used to interact with!
Download a Personal Trainer
Need a break from those work emails but still want to feel productive? Get in a workout with the Nike + Run Club. This app does a lot more than simply measure your distances and personal bests. It’s a virtual personal trainer in your pocket (or on your wrist) that adapts to you as your fitness levels change. Need extra motivation? You can even compete against your friends and take them along for your runs (even if they can’t keep up with your pace in real life).
Keep Your Family Organized
Being focused and organized at work doesn’t always translate to life at home. The Cozi Family Organizer is a huge help for managing family events, appointments and activities in one virtual planner. The app lets you edit and share a color-coded family calendar in real time, and it also stores lists, so the entire family can tell you what to buy at the grocery store. Feeling maxed out from work? Cozi can even plan your meals for the night. (You’ll still have to cook it though...the app does have its limits.)
Work stressing you out? There’s an app for that! Based on cognitive behavioral therapy and mindful meditation, the Pacifica app offers tools for stress, anxiety and depression alongside a supportive community that helps over 1.9 million daily users. More than another yoga-type meditation app with a few poses and breathing exercises, Pacifica offers relaxation methods, mood and health tracking, thoughts tracking and goal setting to keep your mind clear and your life balanced.
Make the Most of Your Time
Feel like you’re always on the clock because of your smart devices? The ATracker takes clock management to a whole new level. This time-tracking application allows you keep tabs on how long it takes to complete a variety of assignments and tasks. This second-by-second view of how you’re spending your time (through easy-to-understand and attractive pie charts and bar graphs) helps make you a master at time management. And ATracker is easy to set up, so you won’t need to track the time you’re spending as you get ready to track your time!
Technology is often considered the “bad guy” when it comes to work-life balance, but when used right, it can make life a lot simpler and more efficient. These five apps are some examples, and so are our communications services and solutions! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get the balance right at your workplace.