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7 Apps To Get You Into The Festive Spirit!

7 Apps To Get You Into The Festive Spirit!

The last trick or treaters had barely gobbled their last sweets before we were dusting off our Christmas jumpers and blasting Mariah Carey. Whilst we’re not hanging our lights just yet (although give it a few days), there’s no denying Christmas is on its way and we are using every resource available to get us feeling festive.

If you’re feeling like this is all a bit early and you’re still dreaming of sipping Pina Colada’s on the beach in July, here’s our favourite apps to get you into the festive spirit.

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ElfYourself

This is the first app we download once it hits November because, let’s face it, it guarantees laughs all round. A great one for families to enjoy. The app allows users to superimpose their photos on Christmas elves. A custom dancing video is then generated which can be uploaded to social media or emailed to other family members. We use it as sort of a ‘pre-Christmas-card Christmas card’, just to remind distant family members that Christmas is approaching and it’s time to start thinking about presents.

Reindeer Cam

A great one for the kids, Reindeer Cam allows users to watch Santa’s official reindeer live feed including feeding time (which is done by Santa himself!). There is nothing better to get you in the Christmas spirit than watching a group of reindeer going about their day, playing in the snow and being fed by the one and only Father Christmas. Users can get on Santa’s ‘nice list’ by writing a letter to Santa which he will respond to!

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Santa Booth

Although now fairly outdated (we predict Snapchat’s filters will soon do something similar!), Santa Booth is a great app for some family-friendly holiday fun. Users can put Santa’s image over theirs using ‘the latest technology from the North Pole’. It can be done with other characters including Mrs. Claus, Elves and reindeer, Although not as high tech or hilarious as Elf yourself, it’s easy to use, great for kids and you can even ‘Santa’ your dog.

PriceSpy

For the savvy Christmas shoppers out there, PriceSpy is one of the best apps for taking the stress out of Christmas shopping, allowing you to sit back with a glass of mulled wine and an entire wheel of Camembert. PriceSpy conducts real-time searches to make sure users get the best price online. Products can be compared side by side and there is even a barcode scanner for when you spot something in-store that you feel you might get for cheaper. Some people may call it stingy to get the cheapest version of family’s Christmas presents, we call it economical.

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Inkly

A little like Moonpig, Inkly allows users to send printed gifted cards to friends and family with their own handwriting inside. Users can create unique designs, upload photos of loved ones (because who doesn’t love a personalised card?), and create collages. The app can use photos from Instagram, Facebook or Dropbox and has a number of pre-made designs for those of us who are short on time or…creative energy. The best part about this app is that the cards can be ordered straight from your smartphone or tablet, so there is no excuse for not making someone’s day this Christmas.

Christmas RADIO

The moment that first Christmas song comes on the radio is a special one but why wait? Christmas RADIO allows users to enjoy a huge variety of Christmas music from over 50 stations including Mistletoe, Christmas Carols Radio and Kristmas Kountry. North Pole Radio broadcasts directly from the North Pole. Christmas RADIO allows users to listen to and enjoy Christmas music whenever they like. It’s an immediate mood booster and bound to get you excited for the festive season.

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Epicurious

Christmas foodies rejoice! The Epicurious app allows users to find the world’s best recipes (including Christmas dinners!), watch food videos and cook amazing meals throughout the holiday season. The app has a whole section on holidays, parties and seasonal cooking and is perfect for those who need a little extra guidance when it comes to cooking the ever-stressful Christmas dinner. The app also allows users to create shopping lists, gives users a timer so they know exactly how long to cook various foods for, and helps users with seasonal ingredients. Perfect for anyone who wants to impress their friends and family this season!

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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2019 Updated)

No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. It’s undoubtedly allowed us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

If you’re not taking advantage of one of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use? Well, this will depend on your needs, but we’ve put together a list of 18 of the very best time management apps that can help you with the most common time management challenges.

Let’s dive straight into the list…

1. Rescue Time — Use your time wisely

    If you have doubts that you’re using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. You may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

    Download Rescue Time

    2. Remember The Milk — Keep on top of all your tasks

      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool which is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc. It helps you to manage your tasks easily, and reminds you of them – wherever you are.

      Download Remember the Milk

      3. Focus Booster – Boost motivation to complete tasks

        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It’s designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures.

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        Download Focus Booster

        4. Toggl – Keep track of time spent on projects and tasks

          This is a great alternative to time-sheets, if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then through analysis, working out how you can manage them more effectively.

          Download Toggl

          5. Dropbox — Store and send large files easily

            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices – but Dropbox is free and easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go.

            Download Dropbox

            6. Evernote — Keep all your notes in one place

              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes or images).  You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to really optimize your time.

              Download Evernote

              7. Mind42 — Focus on tasks at hand with mind mapping

                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mind42 is the best free mind mapping app currently available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

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                Download Mind42

                8. SyncBackFree — Back up and sync your files effortlessly

                  This free software allows you to back up, restore and synchronize your files easily. It not only saves you time now – but also in the future. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this pivotal tool.

                  Download SnycBackFree

                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) — Manage your to-do lists effectively

                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists, and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you to target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It automatically generates to-do lists, with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                    Download MyLifeOrganized (MLO)

                    10. 1Password — Have all your passwords remembered

                      This app allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database, protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                      Download 1Password

                      11. Pocket — Keep your eye on the ball

                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. Use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact on your immediate work.

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                        Download Pocket

                        12. [email protected] — Boost your attention span

                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400%! Ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working or reading.

                          Download [email protected]

                          13. Launchy — Interact with your computer in a smart way

                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want.

                            Download Launchy

                            14. Forest — Boost your focus by growing a forest

                              This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track. The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                              Download Forest

                              15. Trello — Track your projects in a highly visual way

                                This is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board (which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed) as your start, work on and complete the associated task.

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                                Download Trello

                                16. Wunderlist — Digitalize your to-do lists

                                  Purchased by Microsoft in 2015, Wunderlist is an easy to use, feature-packed to-do list app. From planning a holiday, to sharing a shopping list with a partner, or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist will keep you on top of all your tasks.

                                  Download Wunderlist

                                  17. TimeTree — Have a shared calendar with your family

                                    This app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments. So, whether you’re planning a party, or run a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                    Download Time Tree

                                    18. Todoist — Capture and order all your tasks and activities easily

                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list. It’s available via browsers and apps, and lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as given a due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                      Download Todoist

                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools. And the good news is – that many of them are completely free of charge! So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you – and begin boosting your productivity now!

                                      Oh, and one more thing… Take a look at a couple of our other articles that will help further streamline your time management:

                                      40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone and 20 Quick Tips For Better Time Management

                                      More Recommended Productivity Experts on Lifehack

                                      • Leon Ho — The Founder and CEO of Lifehack, which he share productivity hacks to make life easier
                                      • Carl Pullein — A renowned productivity and time management coach
                                      • Mark Pettit — A Business Coach for ambitious entrepreneurs who want to achieve more by working less

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