Summer’s Over, Save your Sanity

Apps can help you be productive.

School begins this week, and that means that mom gets to go back to a true, structured day. Of course, now everything has a scheduled time, and the lazy summer days are indeed over. I know, you can already feel the stress. No worries my lovely peeps, I have found salvation in the form of apps and websites. And, because I love you, I am going to share the bounty and the love.

It’s no secret that like our kids (and Millennials) we are all addicted to technology. Admit it; you use your phone or tablet for EVERYTHING. Look around you, the electronic revolution has come, and has become an extra appendage to most. So why not use it to your advantage? All these smarty-pants phones have a zillion apps, so why not use them to keep your productivity up, and your sanity in check?

Let’s start simple. One of my LinkedIn contacts that I follow is Andy Puddicombe. For those of you who have been under a rock, he is the co-founder of Headspace. He is a meditation and mindfulness guru. He also has a degree in Circus Arts. (Yes, I’m in awe.) Now those of you in the stone age without a smartphone can log in via laptop or listen to his TEDTalks on youtube. I highly recommend it. Now, the app. Headspace is the perfect app for beginners to mindful meditation. Your busy schedule causes overwhelm and stress, and this little app steps up to help you combat that stress. It’s all about finding the perfect balance in your life, and meditation can help you stop, refocus, and smell those roses if you like.

Next, Motivation. Seriously, it’s like Pinterest on steroids. This app is the perfect pick me up when you feel the weight of your busy day crushing your mojo.You can set it up to receive daily, weekly or however many quotes you need a week. It’s just a little set of inspiring thoughts to help you achieve those lofty goals you set for yourself.

OK, now, you need to eat, right? Forget Delivery Dudes, folks; HelloFresh is the app you need. New, easy recipes and supplies delivered to your doorstep! When you sign up, you choose a plan that suits your life. How many peeps you need to feed, if your veg or carnivorous Rex, and you get a HelloFresh box at your door when you want it. That’s right; you even choose how many nights a week you want to cook! You can choose your recipes, put your subscription on hold, change, cancel…it’s all up to you, but it makes those crazy days a little easier.

And in case you think I forgot about exercise, there’s an app for that too! I just read about (haven’t tried it yet, but I’m downloading it as I type) CarrotFit. Spark People recommended it’s a daily 7-minute workout. We can all spare 7 minutes, right? According to the support website, she (yes, Carrot is a she) is a sadistic AI who’s only goal is to whip your ass into shape. You are to go from flabby to Grade A specimen, and she will threaten, ridicule, inspire and bribe you to get there. I’m a little nervous, but I think I need Carrot in my life.

**NOTE: CarrotFit is an apple app only right now, so for android users, try 7-minute workout. If you need sarcasm and bribery, ring me. I’m proud to offer my services, lol.

And there you have it folks, how to stay sane without too much pain. I know that scheduling yourself works well, so be sure to leave time in your busy day for a little self-love and self-care. I’ll be cowering in the corner with Carrot.

Stay motivated and caffeinated!😉☕