Get the Work-life Balance Right

Five great apps to help you maintain equilibrium in all aspects of life.

“Who would’ve thought that a 24-hour workday could be damaging to a person,” said no one ever. Yet here we are, leaving the office each evening with our mobile devices in hand, reading work emails as we brush our teeth, taking business calls while at our kids’ games. It’s no wonder that according to Mental Health America, more than one in four Americans describe themselves as “super stressed.” We all need a break sometimes, but you don’t have to break your smart phone to get one. In fact, there are several apps out there that you can download now to help you tune out the job for a while and tune-up your body, mind and soul.

Put Your Phone on Hold

Has your phone addiction turned you into a screen zombie? Space is a personalized behavior-change program that helps you monitor your phone use. With social network tracking and daily tips, this app makes you more conscious of the time you spend on your device, ultimately helping you to build healthier habits, with your phone and with all those human beings you used to interact with!

Download a Personal Trainer

Need a break from those work emails but still want to feel productive? Get in a workout with the Nike + Run Club. This app does a lot more than simply measure your distances and personal bests. It’s a virtual personal trainer in your pocket (or on your wrist) that adapts to you as your fitness levels change. Need extra motivation? You can even compete against your friends and take them along for your runs (even if they can’t keep up with your pace in real life).

Keep Your Family Organized

Being focused and organized at work doesn’t always translate to life at home. The Cozi Family Organizer is a huge help for managing family events, appointments and activities in one virtual planner. The app lets you edit and share a color-coded family calendar in real time, and it also stores lists, so the entire family can tell you what to buy at the grocery store. Feeling maxed out from work? Cozi can even plan your meals for the night. (You’ll still have to cook it though...the app does have its limits.)

Manage Stress

Work stressing you out? There’s an app for that! Based on cognitive behavioral therapy and mindful meditation, the Pacifica app offers tools for stress, anxiety and depression alongside a supportive community that helps over 1.9 million daily users. More than another yoga-type meditation app with a few poses and breathing exercises, Pacifica offers relaxation methods, mood and health tracking, thoughts tracking and goal setting to keep your mind clear and your life balanced.

Make the Most of Your Time

Feel like you’re always on the clock because of your smart devices? The ATracker takes clock management to a whole new level. This time-tracking application allows you keep tabs on how long it takes to complete a variety of assignments and tasks. This second-by-second view of how you’re spending your time (through easy-to-understand and attractive pie charts and bar graphs) helps make you a master at time management. ATracker is easy to set up, so you won’t need to track the time you’re spending as you get ready to track your time!

Technology is often considered the “bad guy” when it comes to work-life balance, but when used right, it can make life a lot simpler and more efficient. These five apps are some examples, and so are our communications services and solutions! Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get the balance right at your workplace.

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