Are you so busy that you can't seem to get to everything? Here are 6 apps you may need in your life

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  • If you're a woman, you probably know that juggling personal needs, family, relationships and a career is no easy feat.
  • This means you can burnout if you aren't able to enlist some help in certain areas of your life.
  • So, whether it’s creating a meal plan for the week ahead, finding a great deal for a meal out, or fitting a yoga session into the day, check out these apps to help make life for working women a little easier and more fun!

1. Keep your favourite recipes in one place

Ever gone shopping for ingredients to make your favourite dish, only to forget a key ingredient because you didn’t have the recipe on hand? Paprika Recipe Manager keeps all your favourite recipes in one place, so all you need is your phone. Search online for recipes, then download them into Paprika at the tap of a button.

You can create a shopping list (the app sorts ingredients by grocery aisle, e.g. pasta and beans, dairy, oils and dressings etc.) and create meal plans for the week. Other helpful features include being able to scale ingredients according to serving size, and pinning recipes, which allows you to easily switch between different recipes while you’re cooking.

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2. Best restaurant specials

For those nights when you’re not in the mood to make dinner, but also don’t want to spend a lot on eating out, FOMO is your friend. This new, locally created food and drinks app uses geolocation to find specials at nearby restaurateurs listed on the app.

The founders of the app got the idea for it after eating out, then seeing specials at a different restaurant in the same area and wishing they’d gone there instead - hence the name, FOMO (fear of missing out). You can also book a table through the app, and afterwards give a rating for the restaurant and the special you tried.

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3. Check out health niggles

We all have those moments when a health niggle starts feeling a bit more serious, making you wonder if a trip to the doctor is warranted. Enter Ada, an easy-to-use AI tool to help you better manage your health. Founded by doctors, the app’s symptom checker prompts you to enter the symptoms, asks a range of specific and related questions, and then offers an assessment, along with advice on whether you should see a doctor or not.

Although the app explicitly states its advice is not a medical diagnosis, it’s been rated as one of the best symptom trackers on the market. Healthcare services are strained under the pandemic, and with more than 11 million users worldwide and almost 24 million assessments made to date, Ada is clearly bringing comfort and peace of mind to many.

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4. Find a great electrician, plumber or handyman near you

Need help around the house fast to fix a burst geyser, unblock a drain or get keys out of a locked car? SweepSouth’s Connect app takes the hassle out of finding a reputable handyman, plumber, electrician or painter by connecting you to vetted and rated professionals in your area. 

Once you’ve selected the service you want, a chat feature allows you to talk to the professional directly. The app also has a very handy image recognition feature, which lets you take a picture of a household area or broken item so that it can identify which service professional is best suited to help fix the problem! There are also a host of other professional freelance services for you to browse through, from graphic designers and chefs, to tax and accountancy services, and therapists.

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5. For better sleep

If you’re having trouble sleeping, SleepCycle will help you figure out why and give advice on how to remedy the problem. The app tracks your quality of sleep, measuring your heart rate and monitoring sleep patterns. Using sound analysis technology, it  listens to your sleep sounds, making note of any disruptions, such as snoring or sleep talking, to analyse the quality of your sleep.

Its findings are then given to you as easy-to-understand insights, graphs and trends, with guidance on how to change your routine to improve your sleep. A unique feature is that it wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase in the morning, which will have you feeling well-rested for the day ahead.

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6. Yoga every day

Down Dog is a unique yoga app that allows you to customise your experience according to your preferences, making it such a pleasant experience that you won’t be able to wait for the next session! You get to choose a particular voice to guide you through the poses, and pick a genre of music as background music, resulting in a tailored yoga experience uniquely suited to you.

You also select the style of yoga you’d like to practice: Vinyasa, Hatha, and Restorative, and set the length of sessions. If you love a class, you can save it to replay it later, and download it offline as well. This is the top-rated yoga app for a reason - it's like having your own yoga instructor on your phone. 

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