11 Tools To Help You Maintain a Work-Life Balance


Work/life balance in the startup world pretty much means you’ve remembered to pay the rent and feed the fish. Here are some apps to help you save time, better organize your time and/or spend some quality time away from your desk.


1) CardMunch. We collect business cards practically on a daily basis, but who has the time to sit down and input all of that information? (Admit it: you have a whole stack of those cards you’ve been meaning to organize. In fact, that was yet another of your non-completed New Year’s resolutions – from three years ago.) CardMunch is a free service that does all that work for you. Just snap a photo of a business card, and CardMunch will import the contact data into your phone’s address book. It also lets you reach out to your new business contact via LinkedIn (who bought the company). Available for iOS.

2) LogMeIn is a free service that lets you remotely log in to your computer. Did you forget to take home a file that’s on your office computer? LogMeIn’s mobile app lets you access all of your computers from your smartphone or tablet. The app will even let you control both PCs and Macs, and is available for iOS and Android. Splashtop is another option and works on more devices, but it’s not free.

3) Lemon Wallet allows you to store a digital copy of all of your cards—ID, insurance, loyalty and payment cards—so you always have a backup in case your wallet is misplaced, lost or stolen. You can also store all your receipts in case you need to make a return, for tax purposes or to track your spending. Just take a picture of your receipt, and Lemon Wallet will digitize the key information.

4) Simply Yoga is your personal yoga instructor that allows you to practice yoga whenever you want to – or whenever you need it. It comes with 20, 40, and 60-minute video workouts as well as individual poses and routines. Available for iPhone.

5) Find Nearest Starbucks. Jonesing for a caffeine fix? Need to hop online? This app lists almost 12,000 Starbucks locations in the United States, Canada and several European countries, including the five nearest locations displayed on startup. Just enter the zip code of your current location.

6) Speaktoit is your downloadable personal assistant that performs tasks, answers questions, notifies you about important events, and more, to help you be more efficient – and have a little fun. It’s the Android version of Siri that learns your favorite places and services, and customizes your experience according to your preferences, offering the best suggestions and functions to fit your schedule and location.

7) Evernote may not speak to you, but it’s another good way to stay organized. It save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see. And works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there.

8) Tinder anonymously finds out who likes you nearby, and connects you if you’re also interested. From what we hear, it’s a very addictive dating app that lets you approve or reject the faces of people offered as potential dates. Think the app version of Hot or Not. (Isn’t everything appified eventually?)

9) Stray Boots is an urban game that helps you spend an afternoon discovering new things and places in your own town. So if you’re finally taking a day to yourself – or with a friend, or a few – and don’t have a clue about what to do, why not do something besides the same old same old. It’s a great way to impress a date, break your routine, or if you don’t have the time to take the time, it’s also a great tool for team-building. Sidetour is another alternative.

10) Appy Couple. Speaking of work-life balance, let’s say that you’re way beyond the Tinder stage. You’re finally taking the Big Step. Planning a wedding takes time and that’s one thing you don’t have a lot of. Enter Appy Couple, an app that lets you create your own beautiful wedding app and website; curate content to share with guests; cover the logistics (hotel & flight info, maps, RSVP details), send emails, and basically keep everything and everyone organized – elegantly and all in one shot. Now you have no excuse not to go out and do it, you crazy kids.

11) CouchCachet. If you have some down time and want to do nothing at all – but want people to believe that you really do have a life, this app allows you to up your social status without all the bother of actually having to be social. It provides you with a list of parties/events/cool bars/concerts going on near you. All you have to do is check in on Foursquare to the ones you like and voila! You can finally be the social butterfly you’d like people to believe you are, without ever having to leave the comfort of your Snuggie. Finally, you can take full advantage of the City That Never Sleeps while you’re at home, snoozing away.

About the author: Bonnie Halper

Bonnie Halper curates the StartupOneStop.com newsletter, which focuses on startups and entrepreneurs, and is currently being read in 50+ countries around the world.

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