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10 Awesome Apps That Will Wake Up And Kick-Start Your Morning

10 Awesome Apps That Will Wake Up And Kick-Start Your Morning

Getting a jump start to your morning can be difficult for many individuals. Coupling the fact that individuals may find themselves with an improper sleep schedule, the next problem that afflicts individuals waking in the morning is not being productive. The morning is an opportune time to get things done and have your morning started on a good foot. Today, we will take a look at ten awesome applications that will get you out of bed restfully, started on a productive day, and able to get adequate sleep so your next morning is as successful as your first.

Sunrise (Free)

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    With Sunrise, you are able to connect various services, like iCloud and Google Calendar, to have all of your calendar and social media organized and there for you to read comprehensively. Facebook connectivity allows you to keep up with events and birthdays, LinkedIn spices up meeting notifications by giving you a detailed profile of the participants. This is topped off with weather info and Google Maps support for directions.

    Google Now (Free)

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      Google Now is a service that allows you to be notified of the information you need to know in the time in you need it. From directions to the meeting to weather reports for the day, Google Now gets your morning on a good footing while also supporting you throughout the day. If you have a calendar report that you have a flight in a few hours, a “card” appears showing flight info and directions to the airport. Google Now is a part of the Google Search app.

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      Morning ($2.99)

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        What sets this application apart is the UI that makes it approachable and easy to use. Unlike the other applications mentioned, which either sacrifices being feature packed for a simple design vice versa, Morning gives you all the features you come to expect from an application like this, without the clutter. Morning offers you weather reports, to-do reminders, traffic information, stock and news, as well as event countdowns.

        Alarm Clock 4 Free (Free)

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          Alarm Clock 4 Free is everything you need in terms of sleep, middle of the night occurrences, and your morning start. The Sleep timer allows you to listen to your iTunes music, gradually decreasing the volume until you fall sleep. Once you are sleep, the handy flashlight allows you to get some light in the dark during your mid-night bathroom trip. The UI offers the current time whenever the application is open, along with the current temperature, the date, and battery status.

          Top of the Morning ($0.99)

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            For a less expensive option to Morning for iOS, you can check out the Top of the Morning: Morning Assistant application. This application offers a full weather report, a list of to-do task reminders, calendar events, as well as top news and stock market stories. While I’m not personally a fan of the font, I find that the UX of the application, with its gestures, makes it a very affordable application to keep you well informed at the top of your morning.

            Elevate (Free)

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              The start of the morning is an opportune time to gather information. Your brain is fresh from six to eight hours of rest and it has a fresh slate to take in what the day has to give them. In addition, it offers a great way to bring in a routine, unlike the middle of the day which can be so unpredictable. This is why I recommend Elevate – Brain Training for giving your morning a kick-start. Through three quick and brain boosting activities, offered daily, you are able to keep your mind sharp to possibly combat memory issues later in life. Plus, it’s free!

              Sleep Cycle ($0.99)

              Sleep Cycle

                You can’t have an amazing morning if you aren’t having a good night. Many times, the root of inadequate sleep, if you do find yourself getting into bed at a reasonable hour, is movements and waking in the middle of the night. Not fully getting into a deep REM cycle means you aren’t truly getting a full night’s sleep.

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                Sleep Cycle keeps you informed on the times you were in deep sleep and when you were awake at night. By placing your phone under your bed sheet, you get a full report on the quality of your sleep and the time you were truly sleep. Plus, Sleep Cycle offers music for you to get into a relaxing rest, and iTunes compatibility to wake up to familiar tunes.

                Any.do (Free)

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                  You’re up and taking a look at what is ahead of you today. The various other applications we recommended have to-do features, but they aren’t full-fledged to-do applications. Any.do is an awesome and minimalist to-do manager. Cloud support allows you to have full access to your tasks on various formats. Predictive text, location notifications, and voice-to-text features allows you to spend less time planning and more time doing.

                  Wunderlist (Free)

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                    Wunderlist is a wonderful program that I make use of everyday for keeping my life in order. You can organize tasks by category, star important tasks, set alarms, and digest them in various views. This can be from daily view or by the week. Each task can have its own checklists, notes, and you can even share tasks. Wunderlist is a great, free option for ensuring your life is in order.

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                    Acorns ($1.00/Month)

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                      Starting your day with smart decisions is the key to a great rest of your day. Acorns is certainly the latest app on the scene for smart decision making. With Acorns, you can take the spare change of purchases made and invest it into a diversified investment portfolio.

                      Acorns can be a great integral part of your day by checking the app each morning to see how your investments are doing, and simply clicking the acorn icon to send off the spare change for the day before to invest. Making this a daily task makes investing easy and builds your overall net worth. Acorns is set to be available in the latter part of this summer.

                      Which application do you feel gets your morning to a great start? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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