5 Ways to Turn Your Phone Into a Personal Assistant

By | October 29, 2018

Some days, you wake up, fist pump, and feel ready to werk. And then, there are mornings when you sleep through your alarm, forget your BFF’s birthday, and just can’t—which is where a personal assistant would really come in handy.

But you’re not Mariah (probably) and a professional is $ $ . No prob: With the right tricks and smart apps, your phone can double as your second in command. Here’s how to use it to stay on top of work, life, and beyond.

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Set up subscriptions

Nothing inspires panic like looking for a fresh pair of contact lenses in the morning and only then remembering you’ve run out. That’s the genius of subscription services—just set your delivery date and forget about it. A few of our faves: Hubble, which sends you a fresh supply of contact lenses every month; Lola, which does the same for tampons and pads; and Billie, which offers shaving essentials minus the usual drugstore markup.

Plan your workouts

So you’re over the treadmill, and can’t remember the last time you actually wanted to go to barre class. No sweat: Download one or two motivating workout apps to get back in the groove in no time.

Not sure where to start? Go for an energizing jog with the Nike+ Run Club app, which offers guided runs and encouragement from virtual coaches, or sign up for an a.m. vinyasa class via MindBody. It’s easy to book on the go, and you can quickly add upcoming classes to your calendar (you know, to ensure that you’ll actually show up).

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Let someone else track your spending

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Okay, so you don’t need a new pair of boots… but they’re on sale, so the store is basically paying you back, right? Budget-tracking apps like Mint and Clarity allow you to see your spending at a glance, so that you can make smarter shopping decisions when tempted. Clarity even lets you set up an automated savings account for a rainy day—or those boots.

Remember to gift

You’ll never again have to tell mom that her birthday gift was backordered (when, really, you just forgot to order it) once you have the Bouqs app on your phone. You can pre-schedule flower deliveries for big events, or even arrange for a fresh batch to arrive at the same time every month. Get ready to be crowned the favorite child once more.

Call your ride

Until your personal chauffeur arrives and announces he’s willing to work for free, there’s always Uber or Lyft, which will ensure you’ll get a ride home whether you’re too tired to take public transit or your designated driver called it an early night. Pro move: Schedule pickups in advance for things that are super time-sensitive, like getting to the airport.

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