Unplugging has to be one of the hardest things for this city girl to do.
Why, you ask?
Well…partly it is the FOMO (fear of missing out).
This year, I’ve set a goal to unplug AT LEAST once a month for a weekend. It’s amazing how much you miss when you face is planted in front of a screen. My next unplugging weekend is coming up (along with my birthday), and I hope to use my screen-free time to my advantage by soaking up all of the people and places around me. Let’s walk through the apps I’m using to achieve it!
Calm: Isn’t there a saying about people not being busy but just not able to make time? Something like that. Either way, I had to find a way to calm my mind when it was time to go to bed. It seemed that everything rushed to the surface when it was time to settle for bed and I hated it. Until I found, Calm. Calm helps me practice meditation and mindfulness from wherever I am. I can even access it on Chromecast and Apple TV. Need a moment? Check it out. Available for iOS and Android and Web
If This, Then That: I’ve got an ENTIRE post dedicated to this but know one thing, I don’t know how I even function with IFFT (If This, Then That). It allows me to save my twitter favorites, push my Fitbit badges out to social media to stunt on my friends and get notifications about #BlackGirlMagic around the web. Learn more about this tool and its recipes here. Available for iOS and Android
Google Photos: Stop what you are doing right now and look at your phone. Scroll over to your photos and count how many you have at this moment. I’ve got 1579 photos, 30 videos, and some other random things. It used to be worse before Google Photos. Thanks to my good friend Ana (Hey Girl!), she gave me a great recommendation late last year about using the Google Photos Assistant to back up my photos and clear up some space on my phone. It’s been a lifesaver since then! Available for iOS and Android
Need a virtual personal assistant at your fingertips? 24me takes care of scheduling your meetings, helps you pay your cell phone bill and even sends messages to your friends on their birthday (by syncing with Facebook and other apps). Seems like the perfect one-stop shop for getting your affairs in order before you unplug. Available for iOS and Android
Want to tackle a group of tasks in a certain amount of time? I know a lot of people like to call that “batching”. One of the best apps out there that help with knocking those things off of your to-do list and get to spend some screen-free time is 30/30. I’m able to knock out a blog post, schedule content for work and have a nice workout all before falling into the Facebook game hole. Available for iOS
Any of these apps currently in your phone or arsenal? Did I miss any that you love? Sound off below!