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30 Killer Apps that will Make You Smarter

30 Killer Apps that will Make You Smarter

Nowadays you can have more than just fun with your apps – you can also use them to become smarter. Here are 30 apps you can use to help your memory, challenge your IQ, and help you to expand your brain.

Tools To Lead A Smarter Life

1. Casual

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    Casual helps handle tasks and projects in a new way: the app is amazingly visual. You plan your tasks just by drawing them as a flowchart. Casual is a unique app that helps visualize dependencies between tasks. You don’t have to click on tabs to find out about certain aspects of projects, such as who is doing which tasks. You can try this app for free to see if it works for you.
    Download links: Web-Based

    2. Fooducate

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      Why is it that good food looks so terrible and junk food looks so good? With this free app, you can find the good food that actually tastes good, so you can eat healthy and like it. Scan items for nutritional information, and find out which foods are the best for you, the best buys, and of course, the most enjoyable.
      Download links: Android | iOS

      3. Cloudswave

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        Become a smart spender: get all of the software and web applications for your business and your personal life. This free app directory allows you to get the best deals on all of the software and apps you need. On Cloudswave you will also find the Cloudscore, a rating based on carefully selected Expert Reviews computed to help you capture the essence of critical opinion in a single number.
        Download links: Web-Based

        4. Owl

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          Do you love to astound your friends with oddball facts? Get all of the fun and off-beat trivia you can handle with Owl, a free app that gives you one fun fact each day. Become smarter with interesting facts you never heard of.
          Download links: iOS

          5. Atlas by Collins

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            The Atlas by Collins lets you travel all around the world, with a flick of your finger. As well as seeing new places, you can also discover incredible information about the world’s most important places and artifacts. Learn about the world using nine globes, a variety of maps, and other fun tools for just $0.99.
            Download links: iOS

            6. iBooks

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              Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind; it forces you to stretch your own. But you may think you don’t have time to read. Do you ride the train to work? Read on the train. Do you have breaks? Read on your breaks. There really is no excuse when you have the free iBooks app, with a huge library that is constantly growing.
              Download links: iOS

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              7. Flipboard

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                Are you always the last to know what is going on in the world around you? Start being the one who tells others what is going on by using the free Flipboard app, with tap and touch controls that makes it easy to get news as it’s happening.
                Download links: Android | iOS

                8. SmartThings

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                  A smart home for smart people. Control all of the devices in your home with the easy-to-use SmartThings app that turns your smartphone into a remote.
                  Download links: Android | iOS

                  Mind Games

                  9. Circles Memory Game

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                    Your memory affects your ability to quickly and easily retrieve and apply stored information in situations when you need to solve a problem – and your ability to solve problems is often defined as intelligence. Therefore, memory and intelligence are almost like two sides of the same coin. Not only can you improve your memory, but you will also be supporting Alzheimer’s research by getting this $0.99 app. You’ll have fun too.
                    Download links: Android | iOS

                    10. Lumosity Mobile

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                      Train your brain to become smarter, and have a blast doing it! Side effects of using this app include improved memory, a longer attention span, and better work performance through fun games and puzzles, and it doesn’t cost anything to use.
                      Download links: Android | iOS

                      11. Personal Zen

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                        Smart people can control their stress. Personal Zen is clinically proven to reduce stress by JUST playing a fun game. Built by a team of leading neuroscientists and mobile developers, playing Personal Zen actually retrains your brain to lower stress and anxiety.
                        Download links: iOS

                        12. Fit Brains Trainer

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                          Research shows that online training is an effective way to build cognitive reserve and increase brain performance. Fit Brains Trainer is free and you can increase your short-term memory by as much as 40% in less than three weeks. Wait…what were we just talking about? Obviously, we need this!
                          Download links: Android | iOS

                          13. Brain Workshop

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                            If you are like some of us who still don’t have mobile phones, don’t despair. There are apps for us too. Brain Workshop is a free desktop app that you can use to improve your brain power, and no cell phones are necessary. But for those who has an Android phones, there is an app on Google Play!
                            Download links: Android

                            14. Math Genius Brain Trainer

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                              Unless you planned on working in a math-oriented field, you probably hated math classes as much as we did. Math develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills—it makes you smarter. This free app lets you play math games that will help improve your skills without making you bored.
                              Download links: iOS

                              15. Clockwork Brain

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                                Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! Studies have shown that “mental aerobics,” such as solving puzzles, are an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Learning was never so much fun, and you will actually get addicted to improving your brain power with this free app.
                                Download links: iOS

                                16. Memory Trainer

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                                  Puzzle games alone are not the only one that can make you smarter. If you are an Android user, you can enjoy this app that really makes you use your brain to remember things. The best part is that it is fun, and you get to play matching games.
                                  Download links: Android

                                  17. Eidetic

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                                    To show that you are smart, you need to memorize interesting and important words and facts. Eidetic is another app that will help your memory through special memory-boosting exercises, and it only costs $0.99.
                                    Download links: iOS

                                    18. The New York Times Crossword

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                                      Crosswords make you smarter. They make you think in different ways, attack problems in different ways, and expand your vocabulary. Just playing the crossword puzzles can improve your intelligence. This free app has the same crossword puzzles that are published every day in the newspaper.

                                      Download links: iOS

                                      19. mTrainer Pro

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                                        Giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier and sharpen your mind. This is a gym that won’t make you break out in a sweat. Instead, you can try some fun brain exercises for just $1.99.
                                        Download links: iOS

                                        20. Blocks

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                                          Be a kid again and play with blocks, only these blocks will improve your brain power. You need to move the pieces to get out, and you need to use logic to do it with this app that costs only $2.99.
                                          Download links: iOS

                                          21. Brain Trainer Special

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                                            This is a collection of games that Android users can use to help them to remember phone numbers, solve math problems, and more, and it’s absolutely free to use. Available game modes: math ninja, letter sequences, number sequences, memory trainer (pictures), speedy shapes, memory letters, memory numbers, tricky colors, memorize 123, 3D CUBES, target mode, phone numbers, question mode, 18 session modes…sudoku of course and other modes like puzzle.
                                            Download links: Android

                                            22. Critical Thinking University Think-O-Meter

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                                              Get hypothetical situations, study them, and then get quizzed on what you remember with this free app that helps you become smarter.
                                              Download links: iOS

                                              Time Management Apps

                                              23. Toggl

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                                                Time management is a common sore spot among many intelligent people. Where does your time go? You can find out by using this app. You simply tell the app what you are doing, start the timer, and stop it when you are finished. You will be able to better manage your time with this app, and the basic version is free. If you want all of the features, it is just $5 per month.
                                                Download links: Android | iOS

                                                24. RescueTime

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                                                  Work is boring, and social media websites are fun. But, you may be spending too much time socializing, and not enough time working. This app, which costs just $9 per month for the premium version, lets you see how much time you are spending with various websites and applications. Track how long you spend on reading useful information and extend this time.
                                                  Download links: Android | iOS

                                                  25. My Minutes

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                                                    Wasting too much time on certain tasks? Spend your time smarter and use My Minutes for free to set time limits for everything you do.
                                                    Download links: Android | iOS

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                                                    26. Timesheet

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                                                      You don’t even have to lift a finger to type for tracking and billing work hours. Simply tell it what to do with voice commands. Great for those who love telling others what to do.
                                                      Download links: Android

                                                      27. Eternity

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                                                        Inner balance is one of the crucial features of modern intelligent person. Work, home, kids, fun –  it all takes your time, and you need to balance it. Eternity lets you categorize everything you do and create a balance for just $4.99.
                                                        Download links: iOS

                                                        28. Now Then

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                                                          Categorize things you do smartly. Now Then helps you record and analyse what you spend your time doing. Identify misused time for $2.99.
                                                          Download links: iOS

                                                          29. ATracker

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                                                            Track everything you do, so you always know what to do and when to do it with this app, for $4.99. ATracker creates beautiful reports in pie chart and bar chart which you can share via Facebook, Twitter and email. You can also export data in CSV format.

                                                            Download links: iOS

                                                            30. Timely

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                                                              Who did what – when? Or who’s doing what – when? Either way, you’ll know the answer. Helps you plan for new projects, delegate work to employees and see who’s got too much on their plate.
                                                              Download links: iOS

                                                              Featured photo credit: Tom via flickr.com

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                                                              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                                              11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                                              Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                                                              Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                                                              Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                                                              In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                                                              1. ScheduleOnce

                                                                ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                                                                ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                                                                ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                                                                Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                                                                Available on Web

                                                                2. Calendly

                                                                  Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                                                  You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                                                  Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                                                                  3. Assistant.to

                                                                    For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                                                    From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                                                    While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                                                    Available on Web

                                                                    4. Acuityscheduling

                                                                      Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                                                      It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                                      5. Pick

                                                                        Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                                                        At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                                                        Available on Web

                                                                        6. X.ai

                                                                          For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                                                          This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                                                          Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                                                          Available on Web

                                                                          7. YouCanBook.me

                                                                            is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                                                            They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                                                            Available on Web

                                                                            8. Doodle

                                                                              Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                                                              It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                                                              You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                                                              While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                                                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                                              9. WhenAvailable

                                                                                WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                                                                Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                                                                Available on Web

                                                                                10. Rally

                                                                                  Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                                                  Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                                                                  Available on Web

                                                                                  11. NeedtoMeet

                                                                                    Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                                                    NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                                                    While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                                                    Available on Web

                                                                                    Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                                                    In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                                                    To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                                                    Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                                                    A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                                                    Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                                                    If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                                                    Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                                                    With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                                                    Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                                                    Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                                                    Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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