While technology can make some aspects of life decidedly more complicated (really, do we now need to share updates on both Instagram stories and Snapchat?), there are some technological developments that can simplify our lives, too. Ahead, we’re sharing four of them – read on, and let us know if we missed your favorite.
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The best simplification begins from within, and Headspace – a meditation app – helps facilitate that. By offering user-friendly, guided meditation sessions, Headspace makes mindfulness not a buzzword, but a reality. While this might sound kind of heady (ahem), its benefits are totally tangible – after each session we feel more relaxed, more inspired, and less overwhelmed. Download and decompress daily.
A favorite of team eXO, Via is a ridesharing app that makes getting around your city simple and affordable. Via is modeled after old-fashioned carpooling, an efficient and energy-saving mode of transportation. But unlike your best friend’s mom, Via uses sophisticated algorithms to match you with a vehicle going your way, with wait times usually less than five minutes. Here in Manhattan, rides are $5 flat (!) anywhere south of 125th street; in Chicago and Washington D.C., rides are under $4. Saving money and catching a ride has never been simpler.
While services like FreshDirect and PeaPod are helpful for getting the week’s grocery shopping done, the wait time involved requires planning out meals in advance. That’s why Instacart is such a blessing for busy women like us: You order your groceries online and get them delivered in just one hour. Moreover, with retail partners like Whole Foods, Instacart ensures that high-quality, organic food is just a click away. Simple has never tasted so good.
Consuming the news can be a full-time job, particularly if you’re interested in a variety of topics. That’s to say, if you want to know the latest happenings in politics, how the Syrian refugee crisis is unfolding, and who won at last night’s Emmy awards, chances are you’ll be spending a good part of your morning trying to piece it all together. Thankfully, theSkimm does all of the hard work for you, delivering the day’s news in your inbox in a way that’s both substantial and manageable. Perhaps their tagline explains it best: “theSkimm makes it easier to be smarter.”