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How to Cut to the Front of the Line at (Almost) Any Restaurant

How to Cut to the Front of the Line at (Almost) Any Restaurant

We’re taught from a young age how to behave in line; to form a single file and wait our turn. Civilized society depends upon such etiquette, but eventually, we realize these rules don’t apply to everyone. Pretty people, for example, never seem to wait in line at a club—go figure.

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    Imagine how much time you could save if you didn’t have to waste it standing in line for lattes and lobster rolls? These iPhone apps will let you order ahead, so not only will you stride up to the front of the line, but your purchase will be waiting for you when you get there.

    Snap a Finger and Skip the Line

     

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      Snapfinger is your ticket to the front of the line at some of America’s most popular chain restaurants. Whether your town has a Restaurant Row or Strip Mall, chances are it has one of the 561,000 restaurants serviced by the Snapfinger app. Pre-order and skip the line at fast food places including Baja Fresh, Pick Up Stix and Zaxbys, or speed up your take-out order at casual restaurants like Yard House, Outback Steakhouse and Rock Bottom Restaurants where you can send your order directly to the kitchen and have it waiting when you arrive.

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            Zingle Txt Now 4 No Lines K?

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              Zingle is so simple that even users with “dumb” phones can get in on the fun. That’s because Zingle lets users text their order via SMS to restaurants and coffee shops. The Zingle app makes it easy to find participating locations and saves your favorite orders. There’s no charge to place an order, but keep in mind that text-messaging rates may apply.

               

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                    Seamless Ordering for No Waiting

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                      If you’re in one of the 40 cities covered by Seamless, download this app. Now. Every area is different, of course, but in Long Beach, CA I found a great selection of local restaurants with reviews, ratings and menus. Another bonus with this app is you have the choice of pick-up or delivery so you can skip both the line and the traffic. Score!

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                            Use ChowNow to Skip the Line at Local Restaurants

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                              ChowNow is creating the apps that make it possible for you to cut the front of the line at your favorite burrito spot. Their tools offer local restaurants the ability to have branded apps—even without a big national marketing budget. Now, hungry people like me can order a Mac Daddy pancake from The Potholder Café, pick it up and get home to eat it while it’s still hot.

                              Tapingo Gets College Kids Out of Line

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                                The smart folks at Tapingo know that college students don’t have time to wait in line. (Toga! Toga!) They have studying to do. To help keep students on task—and on budget—the Tapingo app for Mobile Food Ordering on Campus even keeps track of payment partners like credit cards, Paypal, or student cards. The app highlights participating locations on (and nearby) a campus that accept mobile orders so students can get their orders and be on their way quickly.

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                                If your time is too valuable to wait in line, it’s time to hack your mealtime routine. From smartphones to text-only, and office lunches to campus cuisine, there are plenty of ways to get ahead of the herd by pre-ordering with your iPhone. On the other hand, if what you really need is 10 more minutes with Temple Run, then perhaps a long line is just what you’re looking for.

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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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