It's okay, you can admit it. Sometimes you watch Digitwirl and think, "Great. Another app I have to learn how to use?" Trust me, even I suffer from tech fatigue sometimes— there are so many new websites, gadgets and apps that emerge every day, promising to save us all kinds of time. Of course, I test them all (a small price to pay for you, beloved Twirlers!), but few actually deliver. They might be a bit helpful here and there, but if it's not a significant time-savings, you're less likely to continue to use it.
If I can't make it stick in my life, then it doesn't end up being a very good Twirl.
The tech tools below are what I consider to be the best-in-class, life-altering, savers of time. Not sure if they're worth the trouble? I've broken each down for you in terms of how much time you could save per month if you put all these to work.
Listen up, Time Warner Cable! Hear this, AT&T! I won't let you ruin my day and put a kink in my neck while I wait on hold for one of your customer service representatives! I'll just dial through the Fast Customer app and then hang up— the app rings me back when a real live person is ready to take my call. Time saved: 11 minutes.
Bills, statements, subscriptions... everything's on a different pay cycle, and it's an endless stream of letter opening (papercuts!), check writing (hand cramps!) and time on the phone contesting late fees (headaches!). Manilla makes all that a thing of the past— everything comes to one central dashboard, and you get reminders when each bill is due, which you can pay from right within the app. Time saved: 34 minutes.
Sure, there are some of us who love the thrill of collecting and clipping coupons. Most of us could do without scouring the papers and wielding our scissors if we knew we'd have that money-saving coupon whenever we needed it. Bingo— Coupon Sherpa is a website and mobile app full of coupons that you can use online, print before a big shopping trip, or dial up on your phone when you're at the store. Time saved: 17 minutes.
We'd all love a personal shopper to take stock of what we're low on, and head to the grocery store to buy it. Diapers, toilet paper, laundry detergent... all that non-perishable and oh-so-critical stuff that's a pain to lug home. Alice is an online shop for such things, but it's so much more— set up recurring purchases and you'll never have to remember to pick up paper towels again... they'll just magically appear when your'e running low, and you can save a trip to the store. Time saved: 60 minutes.