Apps To The Rescue

Typical scene at a local emergency room

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This week I have been all about apps!! Yesterday, I hosted a “Productivity Apps” webinar. In case you missed it check it out here! Today I want to introduce you to a whole new category – emergency apps! (I know, I know, I can’t get enough!)

One day at work, a co-worker sliced her finger while opening mail. It was deeper than your average cut so we weren’t sure what to do. Immediately, we were all Googing a solution. We use our Smartphones for just about everything so why not in a crisis situation too?

So this led me to create a list of the best apps for when you find yourself in a panic:

1. iTriage
If you have any health questions this app will have the answer. You can find medications, diseases, and medical locations instantly! In the app’s new verison 5.9, members of select insurance providers will be able to find medical facilities that are In-Network for your plan. (FREE)

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Tonight’s The Night! Join My Productivity Apps Webinar

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I’m excited to host my second FREE Webinar tonight — dedicated to apps!

Want to learn about the best apps to increase your productivity, and do more in less time?!  Well tonight, February 26, 2014 @ 8 pm EST, you can join me as I reveal some of my favorites.   (just in case you missed the last webinar “Boost Your Productivity in 2014” check it out now)

When I see people using the “Notes” app on their iPhones to keep their to-do’s or tasks, I literally cringe thinking back to when I used to do the same! There are so many great apps out there that blow “Notes” right out of the water. And don’t fear – they are mostly all free!

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5 Reasons To Kick Your Phone Out Of Bed

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David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Smart phones have become our sole source of communication, our daily weather updates, the way we unwind with games, and even our cuddle buddies at night. I know many of you can’t think of another way but to have your phone next to your head at night.  However, this is something I’ve never done and refuse to do.  I have to set boundaries or else I’d go insane…checking and rechecking emails, Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Since getting a Blackberry for work about seven years ago, I’ve always kept all of my phones in the living room, nice and far out of reach. Being connected 24/7 is not only a distraction but it’s also not good for your health.  Sleeping is supposed to be peaceful and sacred.  Just ask Arianna Huffington — she worships sleep and thinks you should “Sleep Your Way to the Top” — and you should too! 🙂

So here is a list of why you should dump your phone and snuggle your pillow (or your honey) instead!

1. Lights. When my Blackberry blinks red, my eyes open right up. This isn’t just your inner-email intuition, as I once believed.  Artificial lights will disrupt your body’s natural rhythm and acts as a stimulate that will keep you awake longer.  The sense of urgency would cause me to pop out of bed and deal with whatever issue is at hand, right then.  No good for sleep or my nerves.  (more here)

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Get Anything Done For Five Dollars

 

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I have said time and time again that just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should! As you may know, I am a huge believer in outsourcing your life – it saves you time, energy, and the stress of juggling too many things at once.

There are so many great outsourcing apps out there that I have reviewed before like WunWun, and TaskRabbit, but for today’s “Fab Find” I want to introduce you to another hire-for-help website I just discovered called Fiverr.

Fiverr is one of the largest marketplaces for service, but it differs from other outsourcing sites.  Every task is only $5.00 – how awesome (and cheap) is that?!  Other sites will get the job done, but it can get pricey depending on what you need done.

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Make Cash From Your Clutter

Yard Sale!

Yard Sale! (Photo credit: moon angel)

I started my spring cleaning a little early this year, not only in the hopes that maybe Mother Nature will get the hint (crossing my fingers and toes that this ridiculous snow in the Northeast ends) but also to make a little extra cash!  YES – cash for your clutter, what could be better then that?  So, I found some apps/sites to help you clean out your closet, junk drawers, and entertainment centers, and fill your pockets with cash!

PoshMark
Dig out those glamorous heels in the back of your closet that you love but can’t find another occasion to wear and let this app do the rest. You can set up an inventory of clothes, shoes, and jewelry to sell on the app or through their site. All you do is upload the photos, set the price, negotiate with customers, and voila you now have a little extra space in your wardrobe and cash in your hand. They make shipments super easy by sending you the prepaid packaging – all you need to do is add the address (because of this they take 20% of your sale). You can also browse through other “closets” in case you need to fill that heel hole in your heart 😉

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