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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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                                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                                      5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                                      Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                                      Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                                      Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                                      1. 750words

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                                        750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                                        750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                                        750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                                        2. Ohlife

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                                          Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                                          Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                                          3. Oneword

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                                            OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                                            Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                                            4. Penzu

                                              Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                                              With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                                              5. Evernote

                                              Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                                              Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                                              For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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