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12 apps to make your life so much easier

Want to boost productivity, live healthily, stay organised and more? There’s an app for that.

By Alexia Dellner, 13 October 2016
12 apps to make your life so much easier

No matter who you are or where you live, chances are that you are very busy. In this modern age, between all the demands of work, school, children, relationships, and more, it's a wonder that we manage to get anything done at all! But one of the wonderful things about living in today's world, is that help to manage your hectic life is just a tap away.

Armed with these clever apps, you'll have the tools you need to make your life just a little bit easier.

Smartphone apps are becoming increasingly popular, and with their ability to help us boost productivity, save money, live healthier and so much more, it's no wonder why!

We've rounded up 12 of the best apps on the market to help you in every aspect of your life. Armed with these clever apps, you'll have the tools you need to make your life just a little bit easier. It’s basically like having your very own personal assistant with you at all times - and who wouldn't want that? From dating and health to budgeting and travel, these are the best apps for everything in life.

Productivity

Always find yourself joting down notes and reminders everywhere? Keep everything in one place with the Wanderlust app  that lets your create, organise and share multiple lists, whether that’s your weekly shopping list, work to do list, must-reads books, or household chores. You can also set due dates and reminders and assign tasks to other people. Simple! Get the Wanderlust app here

Fitness

We all know that a balanced diet and regular exercise is the key to a healthy lifestyle but after a long day, it can be hard to motivate yourself to get moving. Keep workouts interesting with Nike+ Training Club, the perfect app for those who get bored easily. With 100 workouts ranging from 15-minute, muscle-targeted toners to hour-long, high intensity training sessions, there's no excuse not to get moving! Want more fitness inspiration? Find the Nike+ Training Club app and more fitness apps here

Time management

We've all done it - you sit down to your computer, ready to work and before you know it, you've spent the last 45 minutes clicking away on Facebook. Nix those distractions with RescueTime, a productivity and time management app. Let the app run the background of your computer or smartphone, and prepare to be amazed as it tells you exactly how much time you are spending on various activities, like e-mailing, Facebook, and other websites. Once you get the breakdown, you'll know how to avoid the things that are draining your time and energy. Get the RescueTime app here. 

Healthy eating

Popular app MyFitnessPal makes food tracking and calorie counting easy. Simply input what you’ve eaten and how much exercised, and the app will do all the tricky maths for you and let you know how many calories you’ve burned, the amount of vitamins and nutrients you’ve eaten and how to reach your health goals. There are millions of different types of foods in its database, including popular items from restaurants and supermarkets, so it’s easy to keep track of exactly what you’re eating. There’s also a MyFitnessPal community that allows users to exchange tips and share experiences. Get the MyFitnessPal app here. 

Meditation

Need some help relaxing? Try Headspace. This easy-to-use app starts with a free series of 10 guided meditations, designed to help users stay calm and focused when managing the stresses of everyday life. After the free meditations are completed, users can subscribe for more mood and lifestyle based series including ‘Sleep’, ‘Happiness’ and ‘Stress’. Get the Headspace app here and find more brilliant meditation apps here

Travel

Whether you’re heading to a new part of town or you're on holiday exploring an entirely different city, travel app Citymapper can help. Simply input your starting point and your destination, and this nifty navigator will help you plan your journey, complete with different travel options and your estimated time of arrival, taking into consideration any disruptions and travel alerts. Get the Citymapper app here

Dating

Welcome to the dating digital age, where finding a hot date for the weekend could be as easy as logging on and swiping right. Newbies to the online dating game might like Bumble, a female-first dating app which lets women make the first move and message first. Ladies have 24 hours to message their love interest before the potential date disappears. Get the Bumble app here. 

Baby care

Being a mum can feel overwhelming at times, with plenty of stresses and problem-solving along the way. That’s why having a few clever tips and tricks to make your life easier can be a total life-saver. Recommended by NHS midwives, the Baby Feed Timer app tracks your baby's feeding schedule (whether you're breastfeeding or bottle-feeding). This clever log helps you record when and how long your baby feeds and reminds you when her next feeding is. You can even use the app after the baby has started on solid foods! Get the Baby Feed Timer app here

Commuting

Stuck in traffic again? No more! Waze is the huge community based traffic and navigation app that shares real time road information, allowing you to choose the quickest route. Great for planning the best route in advance, but can also re-route users when changes on the road occur. Genius! Get the Waze app here. 

Budgeting

Stay in control of your finances with the OnTrees Personal Finance app. This easy-to-use budgeting app lets you view all your bank accounts in one place, including credit cards, loans, billing and current account data. It also lets you easily see how much money is coming in and going out, plus splits your spending into categories such as restaurants, groceries and household bills. Budgeting made easy! Get the OnTrees Personal Finance app here

Sleep

No one likes waking up to the jolting sound of an alarm clock, but unfortunately waking up naturally is a luxury that not many of us can afford. Enter Sleep Cycle, the app that tracks your sleeping patterns and wakes you up when you’re sleeping at your lightest (within a set period of time so that you’re not late!), so it feels as if you’ve done it naturally! It also monitors the quality of your sleep. Pretty cool, right? Get the Sleep Cycle app here.