It’s not difficult to see why smartphones can have a bad reputation at times. You only need to step onto the metro in the morning and revel in the sight of commuters engrossed in the screen of their phones to understand why it can seem like these little devices have taken over our lives – and not in a positive way.
However, when used wisely, our phones can help us to achieve a positive work-life balance thanks to the myriad apps available on Android and iOS. These can assist in different ways, from helping you to save time and money, through to achieving your mental and physical health goals. We’ve selected a few – both Dubai-specific and otherwise – to help you along the way.
Since Careem came onto the scene, it has been a breeze getting home or to that meeting across town. Download the app, tell it where you want to go and you’ll see a number of ride options, from economy through to first class (a premium service for a more luxurious arrival at your destination). The fare estimation tool is also a handy feature. Careem is available in 53 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
If you feel like you’re becoming one of the aforementioned people on the metro who are addicted to their phones, this app can help you to gain a better understanding of how much time you’re spending on each of your apps. There’s also the extremely helpful option of blocking access to messages or apps during a given period of time, which is useful for when you want to knuckle down and complete that to-do list.
No one likes to pay bills, so the least we can do is make it easier on ourselves. The mPay app from Dubai government lets you pay for everything from DEWA through to Etisalat/Du, Dubai Police traffic fines, and Dubai Municipality services. Once you’ve registered your account and payment details, paying is a breeze.
Described as a form of app-based meditation training, Headspace brings the benefits of in-person meditation to your smartphone. Meditation has been found to reduce stress, aid better sleep, contribute to healthier relationships, and help sharpen concentration – which is always particularly important for the self-employed among us. Download the app to enjoy a free trial and start meditating from the comfort of your sofa.
Week Plan for iOS (Weekly Planner on Android) helps you to make sure you always have time for all the things that matter to you – both work-related and otherwise. Schedule your tasks and get a psychological boost every time you check one off the list. The app is a combination of a to-do list and a calendar/planner.
This app helps you to spend more wisely, save more and, as a result, waste less time worrying about where your money has gone. The personal finance app sends you tailored charts so that you can see what you’re spending as you go along. It’s the best way to avoid any nasty surprises when you check your bank balance at the end of the month.
Do you ever wonder whether you’re spending way too much (or too little) time on a given task or project? ATracker lets you figure out exactly where you’re spending your time. Use the app to define what your daily to-do list is and then track how much time you’re taking to finish each task; it’s a very useful tool in the quest for that elusive work-life balance.