In the frenetic, crazy digital world we live in technology is everywhere. Quite literally. Think about our always-on smartphones, streams of emails, social media feeds – and instead of being helpful technology can often feel like one giant distraction.
Switching off and opting out completely on a remote island isn’t possible, but there are some smart ways to use tech to boost our wellbeing and productivity – including an assortment of clever apps. Here are some of our faves…
For the hopeless procrastinator: Stay Focused
The Stay Focused app can help you meet those deadlines by restricting the use of time-wasting apps on your phone. If you’re spending way too much time on social media or messaging apps then this is for you. Stay Focused is also available as a browser extension on your desktop or laptop so that once your allotted time is up, the websites on your restricted list will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.
For the big spender on a small budget: 22seven
Budget and track your spending like a pro with this free and proudly South African personal finance app. Available via iOS, Android and the web, 22seven gives you a complete overview of your finances as well as a personalised budget to help you save precious rands and cents.
For anyone not getting their eight glasses of water a day: Drink Water Reminder
Get reminders to stay hydrated by taking a sip of water through your web browser or via your phone through the Drink Water Reminder app. The browser extension and app are both fully customisable to track and record vital water intake for a healthier you.
For the perpetually stressed out: Calm
Calm is one of the most popular apps around to help you relax, meditate, and sleep. The app features 10 minute daily calming exercises, sleepprogrammesto help you unwind before bed, soothing nature sounds, and master classes with renowned mental health experts on the best ways to reduce stress levels.
For those who need more sleep: Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get more sleep then the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is what you’ve been waiting for. The smart alarm clock tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up during light sleep in the morning to help you feel more rested to tackle the day ahead.
Of course, if you’re looking for a fail-safe way unplug, relax and unwind, Mall of the North has yourfavouritecup of coffee and plenty of ways to spoil yourself. Here’s to a happy, healthy 2019!