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6 Online Tools To Simplify Your Life (Outside Work)

In the old days, a simple mantra of “phone-keys-wallet” would be enough to ensure that you weren’t forgetting anything essential as you left the house for the day.

Today, our smartphones are capable of making life so much simpler on the go. There is an app for everything.  Helpling, the first global online platform for cleaning services, understands the need to simplify. We have researched some of the most useful online tools that you must have to make your life easier, organised and more manageable.

1. Nike+ Training Club – start on the road to fitness without ever having to enter a gym. This app has a countless number of exercises that you can tailor to your own fitness goals. Watch the inspirational ladies on the screen do it first, then just follow their lead! No equipment required, completely flexible timings, and best of all, it’s free!

2. PicLab- how many times can you reuse the same Instagram filters before just losing the inspiration for photography? PicLab allows you to add beautiful typography, apply stunning filters and photo effects. People will soon be asking you for your secret behind such aesthetically pleasing pictures!

3. LinkedIn Pulse – stay up to date with your industry’s latest news with LinkedIn’s new side app, Pulse. It shows you all the articles from your feed in a clean, non-distracting way. Remain on top of all the professional scoop with a coffee in one hand and your phone in the other.

4. Namshi – when are you expected to find the time to go shopping between meetings, deadlines and friends who want to have brunch? But clothes do wear out, making Namshi such an important app. Search for exactly what you want, send in your order, and have it delivered to your doorstep, ready to wear at the next dinner party.

5. Day One – this journaling app allows you to record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments. Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling a simple pleasure.

6. 30/30 – A simple task manager that allows you to divide your day into tasks allocating time to complete each task. You can track your progress and use your time efficiently.

These online tools cover everything from planning your training sessions to organizing your day. But if you are looking to create more time to yourself, why not head to www.helpling.ae to book your home cleaning service. Helpling’s mission is to give people more free time so they get to enjoy the other things in life.

Seven years in Dubai

This January marks my seven years of living in Dubai.

It might not be a long time for some, but for me it’s a big deal. I have never lived that long at one place. Because my father was in Air Force, we moved to a new place every couple of years when I was a child. When he retired we settled in Karachi where I lived for 4 years until I moved to US for higher education. During my 4 years in US, I lived in Buffalo, New York and Dallas, Texas so it was not 4 years at the same place. Then I moved back to Karachi and lived there for three years until I moved to Dubai. So there you go, a recap of last 15 years of my life. Four countries and four cities.

It’s also an import period of my life as I was newly married when I moved here and now I am a proud father of a 6-year old daughter and a 3-year old son.

It’s also a time when I grew from someone who had nothing to someone who owns a house in Dubai.

Dubai is where I transitioned from twenty-something to thirty-something.

Dubai is from where I traveled to Holland, Germany, Jordan, France, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and rest of the Middle East.

I don’t know how much longer I will in Dubai, but I know that where ever I live, Dubai will always be in my heart. It might not be the best place in the world, but it has treated me well, and for that I will always keep Dubai dear to me.

 

Maintain your life journal with STEP Journal

Our life on the internet is scattered over so many portals. There is Facebook, of course, but there is also Foursquare, and twitter, and Instagram, and lots of other places where critical information about our life is stored. And then there wearable devices now which also store valuable information about our life.

Many at times, I feel the need to consolidate all information spread across the internet and put it at one place, and look at the big picture.

Don’t you feel the same way?

Well now there is an app for that!

Enter STEP. The app that documents every step of your life.

Please check out the video review above. In short, the app connects with different data sources like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, your device’s location data, activities tracking devices, and more. Once you connect the app with these portals, and let it run for a day or so, then you will see the app’s home page showing you different “steps” during your day. You have the option to edit the step in any way you want by including pictures, changing the date, editing the location in the map, or adding notes.

Over time, you will have a complete history of your activities, consolidated from different sources.

You can download the app for Android here.

Try it, and let me know your thoughts.

Kids App – Let’s Play with DingDong

If you are looking for a fun and harmless app to keep your kids occupied for hours and hours, then this app is your answer.

Let’s play with DingDong is a music app for kids which let’s the kids familiarize themselves with different aspects of music in a fun and exciting way.

The app features an animated character called DingDong, who is fond of music. You do different activities with the character, like dress it up, sing songs, play musical instruments, and so on.

While doing these activities, the kid gets familiar with music in a non intrusive way and that’s the beauty of this app.

You can see my detailed review in the above video. I let me daughter play with the app and she loved it. It’s now installed in her own tablet and she plays it every day.

Let me know your comments about this app.

Android Download

Get out of bed with Alarmy

If you are like me, you struggle getting out of the bed in the morning. Even if you have the loudest of the alarms (the rest of the family would hate you because of that, but that’s besides the point). It’s very easy to just snooze the alarm and go back to bed.

If only there could be a way to make me get out of bed when the alarm goes off.

Well, now there is. And it’s called Alarmy.

The concept is out of the box but simple.

Here is how it works.

You set up the alarm normally, but during the setup process you take a picture of any object (ideally as far away from your bed as possible, for example the shower or sink or perhaps the view from your window). Now when the alarm goes off, you cannot turn it off until you take the same picture. This will force you to get out of bed and use your camera, take the picture and turn off the alarm. The result is that you are up and alert. After doing all this there is no way I am going back to bed.

Alarmy is my permanent alarm app. Now I can never be late for work.

Download link for Android

Download link for iOS