Time may very well be the most precious resource we have. But as our lives grow increasingly action-packed with to-dos and commitments, it seems that time keeps slipping by. Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to save time with some neat mobile apps that will give you back life’s greatest luxury.
If you’re not in the mood to cook, head out to dinner! But instead of calling around to try to snag restaurant reservations try the No Wait app, which lists all nearby restaurants without a current wait time. You can book a table from within the app and search for your favorite place.
Self-care is the name of the game these days, but if you’re struggling to find the time to get to the spa bring relaxation to you with the Soothe app. A licensed massage therapist can be at your door in as little as an hour. They’ll bring the table, sheets, lotion, oils, and music so all you have to do is lie down and relax.
Free yourself from being chained to your calendar with Calendly, a service that will allow people to digitally schedule meetings with you. The app automatically syncs with your calendar to check your availability, saving you time from back-and-forth messaging to schedule an appointment. The basic plan is free, or you can upgrade for additional features.
No time for a grocery run? Let instacart do it for you! This grocery app lets you pick out your groceries, which can be delivered to your door in as little as two hours. Shop from places like Sprouts, Safeway, Costco, Whole Foods, and many more! Delivery is just $5.99, but you can sign up for an annual membership and earn free deliveries by referring friends. It’s the easiest way to get groceries in a flash. (Store availability depends on your market.)
Headed out to a special event and need a little beauty boost? Try beGLAMMED, which will send a makeup artist or hairstylist to your door. From blowouts and up-dos to airbrush makeup and even manicures, this glam squad will doll you up in the comfort of your own home.
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Simplify the hassle of finding a babysitter with ZipSit, which allows you to find a sitter, schedule the hours needed, and process payments all through the app. The app is free to use and you can save favorite sitters, message new ones, and even share referrals with friends.
It seems like every website has a different requirement for password creation. And with digital hacking on the rise, it’s more important than ever to protect our private information. Enter LastPass, a password management tool that will create strong passwords for you, organize, and keep passwords for each website in a secure vault. You can also securely share passwords using the app and upgrade to the Family Plan for just $4 a month.
Train your brain to focus on positivity with the Five-Minute Journal app. This quick, easy-to-use app begins each day by asking three simple questions that will help you focus on gratitude and begin the day on a high note. Wind down the evening with a quick reflection by answering two quick questions. It’s perfect for those who want a happiness boost but may not have time for traditional journaling.
You know you need to cut back on social media, but knowing so and doing so are two entirely different things. Cut the cord with RescueTime, an app that will remove the distractions you select and let you focus on getting your work done. It will help boost your productivity as well as help you understand your daily habits by showing you where you spend the most time online. It’s the easiest way to master time management and change your habits.
Looking to up-level your cooking skills but don’t quite have the time? Try Project Foodie, which brings delicious, easy-to-follow recipes right to your kitchen on your smartphone or tablet. The app has videos as well as written recipes to follow, and you can easily add any needed ingredients to the built-in grocery list. The recipes are brought to you by restaurant chefs and the app also includes cooking timers, recipe calculators, and cooking tips to help refine your kitchen skills.