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1 Essential App for Every Day of The Week

1 Essential App for Every Day of The Week

We all need that little extra something now and again to give our day a boost, and with over 2.5 million apps available on the App Store alone, we really are spoiled for choice when it comes to improving our day the techie way. We’ve compiled a list of apps for every day of the week. Whether you struggle with focus, productivity or Saturday morning avocado withdrawals, these apps will help you through no matter how far away the weekend.

Monday

For some, Monday is a day for fresh starts, a new mindset, and another to-do list to smash. It really doesn’t matter that this productivity only lasts until 2pm. For others, Mondays are a dread, a bore, and by far―the worst day of the week. For those of you who struggle to motivate yourselves at 9am on a Monday morning, Wunderlist (free) is the app for you.

A to-do list and project organiser in one, Wunderlist provides tasks reminders, notes, and keeps your to-do list up to date and synchronised across all devices. It is simple to use so even those who have been hit hard with Monday morning grogginess can begin organising with ease. The premium feature includes file uploads, task delegation and unlimited subtasks, but we are happy with the free version (there’s only so much our Monday morning brains can endure).

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Tuesday

Congratulations for making it through Monday. Your reward? Tuesday, the second worst day of the week.

Yes, Monday might be over, but last weekend is now a distant memory and there’s still 3 whole days to endure until Friday

If there’s ever a day where a spot of retail therapy is needed, it’s the ever-mundane Tuesday. Combat your bad mood and London’s high prices in one with Vouchercloud (free) ―the app that ensures you can treat yourself without having to live off of porridge and pasta until payday.

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Vouchercloud offers great discounts for a huge number of brands, ranging from Topshop to B&Q to Pizza Express. Whether it’s a Tuesday evening pint, pizza, or…holiday, Vouchercloud is an easy way to spend money you don’t have but still feel good about it.

Wednesday

By Wednesday, the midweek slump is starting to take hold. Your productivity reserves are starting to dwindle and it’s hard to focus when the weekend is beginning to appear on the horizon. For days like these, Calm (free) is our go-to. It’s a mindfulness meditation app which has the potential to not only turn your day around, but also your week. A huge number of companies are now encouraging mindfulness meditation, due to the huge number of benefits to both mental and physical health.

Calm is free to download and beautifully designed. It includes 7 days of guided meditation and for £7.99 a month, users can unlock a whole host of other meditations focusing on other areas of life, whether it’s concentration, gratitude, happiness, or deep sleep. These short, guided meditations can be done at any time of the day.

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The app also includes relaxing sounds such as fire crackling, waves breaking onto a beach or the sound of the pouring rain. It’s perfect for soothing a sore head on a stressful day.

Thursday

It’s never too early to start planning the weekend. Our favourite app to ensure we experience maximum fun with minimum crowds is Dojo (free). Dojo’s motto is that if it’s worth going to, they will know about it. Their researchers handpick the best things to do, see, eat and drink throughout the week, and believe us when we say, the list is endless. Dojo also includes recommendations for things you wouldn’t even think about, such as ‘5 Curated Vintage Shops’ and ‘Date Friendly Food Joints’.

Your days of Netflix and Chill-in are over.

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Friday

So Friday night has arrived and the drinks are flowing, perhaps a little too easily. For this, we give you DrinkCoach (free), one of The Observer’s Top 10 Health Apps. The app allows you to track your drinking over time, set goals, see how many calories you’re consuming in alcohol and how much you are spending. Whilst we all enjoy a night out, it’s easy to overdo it, and with DrinkCoach you are far better equipped to stay on top of your alcohol consumption. Yes, it may seem boring, but you’ll be thanking us in the morning!

Saturday

Saturday mornings can be filled with productivity, spring cleans and gentle jogs around the local park, or (if you ignored our app for Friday) they can be an emblem of regret, headaches, and the distant taste of Sambuca. Whatever your physical state on a Saturday morning, I’m sure we can all agree that sometimes all we really need is a decent brunch.

Deliveroo (free) delivers restaurant food, and it delivers it fast. Have a look at their best of London breakfasts and enjoy your Saturday how it’s meant to be enjoyed, with overpriced and pretentious avocado on toast.

Sunday

Sunday mornings are made for coffee and catch ups, and if you’re struggling to find a good coffee shop then look no further than London Coffee Network (free). Supporting local, independent coffee shops that sell high quality coffee in a great environment. London Coffee Network also rewards users with points depending on how much they spend in store. The app claims to be a ‘digital loyalty card for drinking better coffee’ and lists over 200 coffee shops. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to your Sunday morning caffeine fix.

Featured photo credit: William Iven via albumarium.com

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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