Thirteen apps that will change your life

In 2019, the struggle can be real. Politics are volatile, the weather is extreme, avocado prices are skyrocketing and we’re constantly barraged by popular internet memes. As a result, we’ve become a country obsessed with finding ways to make life as convenient as possible. From travel, to food, to getting up in the morning, anything to take the edge off is welcomed with open arms.

In light of that, and because we’re all about making your life as easy as possible, we’ve put together an ultimate list of apps that’ll make your life that little bit easier, because let’s face it, you deserve it.

App: Move GB

Category: Fitness and lifestyle

What it does:

Describing themselves as ‘every activity membership’. Move Gb provides one fitness membership to thousands of activities and classes, at different venues across the country. Forget signing up to a gym, download move GB and simply book at the tap of a button, at a time and place that works for you. Move GB centres around convenience, flexibility, variety and ease, providing a membership that allows you to work out wherever you are, at a time that suits you.

App: Petrol Prices

Category: Travel

What it does:

This app is another cracker if you’re looking to save some time and money, petrol prices helps you find the cheapest or nearest petrol stations within any UK postcode, covering over 98% of uk forecourts. The app lets you earn points by updating missing or incorrect prices, or through editing the app to include missing station facilities like water, toilets or baby-changing. If you add your vehicle, you’ll also receive useful reminders of when your MOT or tax is due, which can earn you additional points.

App: Yummly

Category: Food

What it does:

Yummly is a recipe search engine app that will solve your meal time woes in seconds. Yummly filters recipes by ingredients, cuisine, diet, nutrition and allergies, to help you plan the perfect personalised meal for you and your friends. Helping to put together shopping lists, Yummly also provides a ‘what’s in my fridge feature’, which allows you to search specific ingredients or barcodes of products to show you relevant, tailored recipes.

App: 1password

Category: Organisation

What it does:

This app essentially does what it says on the tin, remembering all of your passwords so you don’t have to. 1password is a secure way for you to store all of your sensitive information using one master password. It stores your debit and credit card information, backs up your software licenses, and locks down those all important notes you’d otherwise forget. The app also provides the option to have multiple vaults, and share selected information with friends, family and co workers.

App: City mapper

Category: Travel

What it does:

Citymapper makes planning and navigating through new cities far less daunting and time consuming. Working in real time, the app lets you plan your journey with different travel options compared to estimated times of arrival. The app also offers disruption alerts and can keep your friends or coworkers updated of your whereabouts. City mapper offers the added bonus of Uber integration and live cycle info, and in the unlikely occurrence that you go offline, citymapper also provides an in app map to find your way around.

App: Mint

Category: Finance

What it does:

Mint is about as simple as it gets when it comes to budgeting apps. Mint automatically categorizes transactions from linked credit and debit cards and tracks them against your budgets. The app will send you alerts when you spend a little more than planned, and also keeps note of your overall cash flow to provide an insight into where you’re spending your money each month.

App: Alarmy

Category: Productivity

What it does:

If the temptation to press the snooze button is getting in the way of having a productive day, then Alarmy is the app for you. The alarmy app won’t stop ringing until you’ve carried out a set task, this could be anything from completing a maths puzzle, to taking a picture of your cup of tea. Regardless, alarmy makes sure you’re up and about, and ready to seize the day. Simple, but genius.

App: Headspace

Category: Health and Wellness

What it does:

Headspace is a great app for life gets busy and your mind is feeling just as hectic. Describing themselves as the guide to health and happiness, headspace helps you to let go off stress and anxiety, and focuses on ensuring that you get a better night sleep. The app offers guided meditations and mindfulness techniques to help you find balance and calm, regardless of what life throws at you.

App: Petrol Prices

Category: Travel

What it does:

This app is another cracker if you’re looking to save some time and money, petrol prices helps you find the cheapest or nearest petrol stations within any UK postcode, covering over 98% of UK forecourts. The app lets you earn points by updating missing or incorrect prices, or through editing the app to include missing station facilities like water, toilets or baby-changing. If you add your vehicle, you’ll also receive useful reminders of when your MOT or tax is due, which can earn you additional points.

App: Wunderlist

Category: Scheduling/Organisation

What it does:

With hundreds of productivity apps out there, it can be hard to figure out which one will work the best for you. Wunderlist is a simple to-do list and task manager app that helps you get the job done. From shopping lists, to holiday planning, to important reminders, this app has easy to use features to combat organisation stress. You can share lists or collaborate with friends, family and colleagues, and wunderlist instantly syncs between your phone, tablet and computer, so you can access your to-dos from anywhere. Organisation has never been so easy.

App: Calm

Category: Health and Wellness

What it does:

Calm is the number 1 app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, and they certainly earned their status. Calm provides guided meditation, breathing programs and stretching exercises for beginners, all the way to intermediate and advanced, meaning wherever you are in journey, there’s something to help you. The aop promises to ensure better sleep, lower stress and less anxiety and is recommended by mental heath experts.

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App: Wriggle

Category: Food

What it does:

Wriggle saves you time and money, by finding you great food deals in your area. Wriggle hand picks favourite restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs to create exclusive deals. You simply choose where you’d like to go, purchase the deal in app, then show your wriggle code when you arrive to receive offers and discounts . The app allows you to search by location, postcode, cuisine, time and date, meaning you can find the best food, near to you, at a time that works for your schedule. The app also includes wriggle rewards, that sees that every purchase you make on wriggle earns you points that can redeemed for credit, meaning the next time you purchase will be cheaper.

App: Money Box

Category: Finance

What it does:

Money box is the perfect introduction to investment, with very little effort required. The app rounds up small everyday purchases to an amount set by you and puts the excess into stocks and shares of your choice, to help you start investing from as little as £1. You simply link it to your debit card, and set how much you want it to round up by each month. When you sign up Money box allows you to choose between, ‘cautious’, ‘balanced’ and ‘adventurous’, meaning whether you prefer to play it safe, or dive in at the investment deep end, money box can guide you through it. Investment made simple.

How limber changed my perspective on work

What does ‘work’ mean to you? Do you define yourself by your job? Is your livelihood the same as your purpose in life? Or is your job merely a means to make ends meet, to fund your ‘true’ passions? (Or, like me, are you still trying to work all of that out…)

For me, the definition of ‘work’ has changed drastically over the past few years. When I was still at school I believed that the job I ended up doing would be my purpose and passion in life. I decided at a young age that I was going to be a vet; I loved animals and being outdoors, and I was good at science, so the choice seemed to make a lot of sense.

I worked hard to get into vet school (to the exclusion of many of my other passions) and I didn’t really stop to consider an alternative occupation. My career choice defined me; when asked ‘what do you do?’ I proudly replied that I was a veterinary student, and I enjoyed the interest and respect that I gained in response.

So when I finally decided, in my third year of vet school, that veterinary really wasn’t for me, I suddenly found myself swimming in a sea of uncertainty. Ok, so I now knew that I definitely didn’t want to be a vet. But what should I do instead? What could I do instead?

I thought about my interests before I pursued veterinary. Sustainability, art, music, French … But I hadn’t kept up with those subjects – I was out of practice and my skills were undeveloped. There was no way I’d be able to land a job in those areas – I’d have to work on my skillset.

By the time I graduated university, I was no closer to knowing what career to pursue, but I still believed that whatever I chose as my work had to be my passion. On the other hand, the summer was over, my savings were dwindling, and I needed to pay the bills. I had a science degree and a decent amount of hospitality experience on my CV. So what followed were a myriad of choices that attempted to balance my unshakeable belief that work had to be my passion on the one hand, with the need to earn a living on the other. I tore myself in very different directions trying to pursue those goals.

CV after CV. Cover letter after cover letter. Rejection after rejection. Over the next two years I worked at a coffee kiosk, then as an admin temp in a corporate finance company, started a PhD, left a PhD, and was unemployed and no closer to my goals of a life-fulfilling career and enough cash to pay the bills.

Then, by chance, I discovered an app called limber.

limber was a new platform for finding work in hospitality, without the need to commit to one venue or a minimum number of hours. To work on limber, all I had to do was download the app and make a profile. Once my account had been approved, I was able to browse shifts and businesses in my local area and, if I found one I liked the sound of, I could just tap to apply. If I didn’t fancy working one day, I just wouldn’t apply to anything. It’s was so simple and so flexible.

Suddenly, by joining limber, a whole new perspective on work opened up for me.

I could now see a future in which I could separate the need to earn money from the desire to prioritise my interests and passions. By working through limber, I could choose when and where to earn, and easily fit work around my other priorities. I also felt more excited about the work; it would be a way to be around people and have a sense of purpose, to help out a local business who were short-staffed, but also to work on my own terms and say ‘no’ to work when I wanted to prioritise other aspects of life.

As it happens, I never actually worked a limber shift. I was so excited about the concept of limber, that before I managed to apply for a shift, an email came around from limber HQ – they were looking for a summer intern.

A year on from applying to that internship, I’m now in charge of running operations at limber. I also dabble in financial forecasting, data analysis, customer-service and content creation. But the most crucial role we all play at limber HQ, is challenging the way we work. We’re strong believers that our priority in life should be living, not working. And as well as building and operating limber, the platform that enables others to work flexibly and autonomously, to earn around their lifestyle, we practice what we preach.

Chris, limber’s CEO, has written a piece on how we work flexibly at limber HQ, go and have a read.

Some people are fortunate enough to have a passion in life that also earns them a living. Others are not so fortunate. But the need to make ends meet should never get in the way of actually pursuing your life’s goals. Otherwise what’s the point? We only have one life (as far as I’m aware, anyway) so don’t waste it tied into a miserable, rigid job that saps your energy away from your interests. Don’t give your up your life to work on someone else’s terms.

Pursue your passions, break the boredom, resist rigidity, aspire to autonomy and favour freedom. Ultimately, live limber.

P.s. Since changing my perspective on work, I’ve discovered I have far more energy to pursue new interests. This year, already, I’ve completed a creative fashion design course, sewn my first dress from scratch, upholstered a stool, explored surface pattern design, taken on an allotment, read 5 new books, and developed an exercise habit I love. What would you do with more time or energy?