if you aren't already using free apps and websites to make your life more efficient, you really need to start right now. when you start to track all the little things you spend time on, you realize pretty quickly that someone has to have invented a better way to do things. and they have. so what are you waiting for?! simplify your life in just a couple minutes with:
unroll.me. seriously. i know i mentioned it on last friday's post, but if you haven't done this yet, get on it. your inbox will thank you.
sidereel. look, i've read your blogs and your twitter statuses. so i know i am not the only one with a ridiculous line up of shows to keep track of. i don't have a dvr and i don't need one because sidereel is my jam. you can track all of your shows and it gives you a daily calendar of what's playing when. it also reminds you when a new season of a previously tracked show starts up again. and it tells you if/when/where free episodes are available to watch online. i love this thing. there's a phone app version too.
day zero project. if you have any sort of bucket list (101 in 1001, 30 before 30, etc.) this is a great way to track it. you input each goal and your timeline. it lets you know how many days are left and what your percentage of goals completed is. it's great to have the list all in one spot.
key ring. scans all those pesky frequent shopper tags you carry on your keys with the bar codes. it keeps them all in the nifty app on your phone and then you don't have to carry them at all! the store just scans your phone. personally, i have walgreens, cvs, petsmart, petco, and i had one for the grocery before they did away with those. it also shows what coupons are available at your stores as well as nearby. i think redlaser is similar too.
ifttt. if you're still manually updating your social media when you post new blog content, you're wasting time! just use if this then that! log in and you'll see all sorts of directions you can give it - like auto post to twitter when a new post goes up. that's what i do. you can also do things not related to blogging, like having your phone send a note if it's going to rain or auto syncing photos to evernote. speaking of which...
evernote. just get it and mess around, then start looking at all the tutorials that are out there (link it in the comments if you have a good one!) because evernote does everything. i don't have a paper filing system at all any more because i scan everything into evernote.
lastpass. track and save all those super complicated passwords securely on lastpass. then let it do all the log in work for you. it makes paying really easy too if you're an online shopper. not that i'm encouraging or anything.
paperkarma. simplify and also save the trees by cutting out junk mail with paperkarma. just take a photo of the junk mail with your mailing address and the sender's address visible and the app will magically make it stop.
soundgecko. takes any text and transforms it to audio. so you can listen to my blog instead of reading it while you're trying to do other things like commute to work. (because obviously it's my blog and not, like, the news or anything that you'd be listening to.)
waze. get 'real-time help from other drivers' as waze says on their site. yep, other commuters will kindly alert you to traffic, construction, potholes, and other driving pains. and it tells you where the cheapest gas is.
and there you have it. go forth and simplify. you can thank me later.