WEB & TECH / OCT. 21, 2014
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Top 10 Apps to Help You Balance Work And Pleasure

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Time is precious, and when you’re working full time, it might seem like the other facets of your life go by the wayside. Whether you need help staying more productive, planning your home life, staying organized or getting more exercise, check out these apps that can help you save time and achieve a better work-life balance. 

Toggl 

If you’re constantly looking for ways to be more efficient on the job, you might need some help. Toggl is an app that helps you track how efficiently you do certain tasks, and then helps you look at your efficiency levels over time. If you work from home, you could even use the app to create time sheets that you’d then turn in to your boss.

Tomato Timer 

Like Toggl, Tomato Timer helps you keep track of how efficiently you’re doing tasks -- but with this one, it’s more about timing yourself and setting limits. The app puts your work day into short 25-minute periods. After one 25-minute session, the app reminds you to take a short break and then get back to work. 

MyMeetingPro

If you’re tasked with planning and running meetings in the workplace, there’s a good chance you leave the task of planning to the very last minute -- or perhaps even do it on your personal time at home. To make your life easier and make your meetings more productive, download an app such as MyMeetingPro, which helps you take notes, prepare for meetings and monitor the meeting’s agenda to save everyone time.

Cozi Family Organizer

You’re probably already using a calendar app to monitor your work activities -- so take that one step further and get your family calendar organized too. Apps such as Cozi Family Organizer lets you manage birthdays, put together to-do lists and generally manage the daily tasks of life at home.

Bill Keeper

Paying bills and managing family expenses can take up a lot of weekend time -- but with the help of an app like Bill Keeper, it can get easier. The app tracks your bills and reminds you when bills are coming due, so you don’t have to sort through a stack of mail to find out what’s coming up.

MyPlate by Livestrong

If one of your goals is to lose weight or get more exercise, you might need some help staying organized. That’s where apps such as Livestrong’s MyPlate come in handy. The app allows you to set a weight loss goal and then enter the foods and portion sizes you’ve eaten and the exercises you’ve done each day. At the end of the day, you’ll see whether there’s room in the calorie “budget” for that cookie you’ve been craving. If you need support or encouragement, the app also comes with a forum feature.

RunKeeper

Whether you’re walking on your lunch break or spending a lot of time on your feet at the office, wouldn’t it be good to know just how far you’ve been walking, and how many calories you’ve burned? The RunKeeper app uses GPS technology to track your walks, monitoring distance and estimating the number of calories you’ve burned during each activity. Pair that with your weight loss app to keep on top of all of your activity.

7 Minute Workout

Exercise is important, but if you’re not giving it the time it deserves, get some help with apps such as 7 Minute Workout. The app’s high-intensity workouts make it easy for you to elevate your heart rate and strengthen and tone, all in a short amount of time.

Food on the Table

You know you have to eat healthy -- but still, there’s the meal planning and shopping to contend with. That’s where Food on the Table comes in handy, helping you develop healthy meals as well as developing a shopping list. 

Sleep Cycle

Feeling tired at work and not able to get as much done as you’d like? You might not be getting as much sleep as you should, and you might not be waking at the right time. Use the Sleep Cycle app to analyze your sleep patterns and wake you up during the lightest phase of your sleep cycle -- the time when you’ll awake feeling the most refreshed.

From the beginning of the work day to your relaxation in bed, you could be making better use of your time with the help of a few well-chosen apps. 

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