Take a Chill Pill – Apps to Destress
Five Apps to Help Destress for the Holidays
Let’s face it: the holidays are supposed to be a time to eat, drink, and be merry, but how many times do you actually get to do just that? While you may be physically out of the office, we all know that the business world never stops and the constant stream of emails continue to flow in. If you’re like me, the constant notifications never go unnoticed. I find myself checking emails and responding to them, quite frequently on days off.
For the upcoming holiday season, let’s break that habit! Studies show that tech-free vacations lead to you becoming more productive, sleeping better, having better posture, and keeping a better overall attitude. Use these five apps to declutter your busy work life and keep your holiday season filled with family, friends, and fun!
- Spark by Readdle
Is your email inbox constantly cluttered? Spark works with any email account and will automatically categorize emails for easy processing. The Snooze feature, a very important one for the holidays, allows you to “snooze” a task for the next day, or even next month. Spark will also notify you when an important email hits your inbox, so you won’t have to worry about missing out. Other widgets are included in this smart app to help make email frustration dissipate in no time!
Before you take your holiday vacation, it’s likely you’ll be planning out tasks and preparing to be out for a while. Boomerang allows you to schedule emails through your Gmail account. Many professionals use it to send out daily updates or to send emails that they draft after hours during business hours for the next day. When you want to make sure that the receiver will respond to your email, go ahead and schedule it out for the appropriate time. The Gmail app also allows you to send emails back to yourself if you do not receive a response within a certain number of days. In addition, you can schedule the email back to appear back in your inbox as unread for a time that you know you will be back in the office after vacation. Boomerang allows you to schedule and send emails from the comfort of your couch after hours, to ensure that the daily grind operates smoothly.
Constant email clutter got you down? You’re not alone, trust me. Unroll.me is a great app that allows you to manage all newsletters and daily deals that end up unopened in your inbox. Don’t worry, you can still manage the ones that you want showing up in your inbox, but Unroll.me will clean up your cluttered inbox in an instant. And best of all, it’s free!
Planning out your social media posts while you’re on a break is crucial because you want to keep your presence constant and fresh, while not becoming stagnant. During the holidays, there are tons of unreached customers and clients actively searching for your products or services because they too, most likely, have a few days off and are seizing the opportunity to do some research. Hootsuite is a valuable resource to plan ahead and post relevant, rich content for as far out as you would like at the times your target audience is most likely to be looking for it. Besides simply scheduling out your social media posts, Hootsuite allows you to engage with fans right in the platform, track analytics, and send out posts to multiple social media profiles with one click.
Finally, it wouldn’t be the holiday season without a little relaxation, so make sure you take the time to do just that. Headspace is what they call “a gym for your mind,” where for ten minutes a day, you can work out your brain to be more relaxed and calm. There are various categories and session lengths to fit your lifestyle, so any busy entrepreneur can fit in a session each day of their holiday break and beyond.
By using these new apps that are designed to help destress your life, you’ll be able to enjoy more of our your holiday break and be able to declutter just in time for the new year. Work will always be in the back of your mind, and on your phone, but with these apps managing your priorities will be a breeze. Set yourself up for a successful holiday break now, and reap the benefits later!