Make it ‘Appen


8 time-saving apps & sites that will up your efficiency - and blitz your excuses




This travel app has us feeling all warm and fuzzy, promising to “make this planet a lot less lonely” for globetrotters. Townske features more than 3000 user-created city guides across 300 cities, covering everything from where to get the best coffee to which lesserknown paths to explore (so you can skip those pesky tourist traps). Sporting a wealth of local knowledge and stunning photography, it’ll have your 2016 travel itinerary well and truly sorted. 



What’s the real price of that frock you’ve been eyeing? Developed by Aussie social enterprise Good On You, this app reveals honest (to goodness) truths on how more than 1000 clothing, accessory and footwear brands treat their workers, the environment and animals. Don’t like what you discover? It also has the functionality to let you relay your feedback directly to fashion companies, telling them to clean up their act. Good on you. 



Nothing tastes as good as a half-priced lunch, except for one that you can score at walking distance. Loocl works by allowing business owners to post lastminute deals in real time to their local community – be it stock to clear or seats to fill. Conjured up by eBay Australia’s former head of shipping and local business, Elie Shuggi (who had to give his job the boot when this baby kicked off), Loocl has taken Sydney’s eastern suburbs by storm – with national coverage soon to follow.



If you’re one of the 5 million people who already use the virtual to-do list Trello, you’re probably familiar with the standard default layout – a series of columns with lists of tasks you need to complete, which can be shared with other members. But, did you know you can now switch Trello to ‘calendar view’, which means it lays out tasks in a chronological timeline, like a flow chart? This means it’s easier than ever to prioritise jobs based on urgency. You can also now sync Google Calendar alerts with your Trello calendar. 



You might have heard us banging on about WildCard before, and for good reason – it’s the app of choice for networking events, allowing you to immediately sniff out a person of interest who you genuinely have something in common with. Think of it as Tinder for professionals (without the side swipes). If you’re at an event or location, the app shows you a ‘deck of cards’ of other users who are in the vicinity, with their professional info and areas of expertise. It even suggests a convo-starter based on their interests. 



Another mindfulness app? This one is different. Pause’s mission is to combat multitasking (which makes us less focused, therefore less productive) with a simple computer game. A small amorphous blob shows up on your smartphone screen and you have to move it around with your fingers, slow or fast as per the instructions. It’s like an interactive lava lamp, and fans swear by its relaxing benefits. The team are currently working on a 3D version. 



This isn’t technically a timemanagement app, but is a time-saver for anyone without office facilities. As the name suggests, TinyScan is a tiny pocket scanner. Hold your iPhone camera over any A4 document and it will create a virtual copy which you can then share over email or save to a cloud platform. Remarkably useful, it will save you a trip to the library (or a friend’s office) to use their facilities. 



The brainchild of Sydney-based graphic designer Melina Wilkins, Quint places inspiration squarely in your hands (and a designer hat firmly on your head), allowing users to personalise their own invitations from more than 100 templates. It even has the courtesy to track your RSVPs, whether your invitees have the app or not. Not the partying kind? No bother, there’s room to fashion artwork, cards, quotes, prints and tram scrolls which you can send out digitally or print.


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