6 Ways to Free Your Mind and Your Time
XAD | 09 / 19 / 2013
Increasingly fast and smart, the computer draws comparisons to the human brain.
But when we want to measure the brain’s storage capacity, scientists turn to computer jargon, estimating an average human noggin holds between 100 terabytes and 2.5 petabytes.
That’s a lot of information. Technology can help free one’s mind of the addresses, passwords, dates, lists and recipes.
Here are six ways to unclutter your brain:
FORGET YOUR PASSWORDS
It’s no secret that passwords are a pain. Nowadays, many websites demand a password more sophisticated than your childhood dog or maiden name, one that features a minimum of six characters, one capital letter, a number and, worst, the monthly update.
On top of that, they expect you to remember it.
Before you spring for a locked diary, check out a password memorization program like Dashlane, which saves your password in a vault accessible by all browsers and devices, including as iPhone and Android cell phones.
As an additional time-saving feature, the free app offers to memorize all the tedious information one fills out to register at sites, including credit card information, and then fills it in next time.
And no need to worry about your computer falling in the wrong hands: a master password prevents a thief from going on shopping spree.
Recipes are made to be followed, though more often they’re forgotten.
Rather than consult with cookbooks or try to commit them to memory, record recipes on your cell. On your smartphone, you could jot it as a note, snap a photo of a written recipe or save it on an app like Evernote.
Available on nearly every platform, this free app lets you to clip and save recipes, guitar tabs, images, important announcements, unimportant announcements or whatever online and share them with friends.
What’s more, Evernote organizes all your finds and automatically processes and indexes them so you can search for them later, even offline. It’s hard to live up to the tagline “Remember Everything,” but Evernote does.
TEAR YOURSELF FROM EMAIL
Bing. Bing. Bing.
No, those aren’t advertisements for a search engine. That is your smart phone sounding the alarm that — egads — you got a few new emails.
While you could turn off the noise setting, and let the identify thieves win, you could ease your mind by downloading the free app AWAYfind.
This email client lets you choose what constitutes as important and alerts you when you should receive that urgent notice, notifying you by phone call, text message or Twitter direct message.
FIND YOUR CAR
The 2000 drama documentary starring Ashton Kutcher, “Dude, Where’s My Car?” taught many the value of a handy car remote. For everyone else left wandering the parking lot of grocery stores, download AutoPark App.
Next time you park, tap the iPhone app ($2.99) to place a marker on a map, and then find way back with your phone’s built-in GPS.
REMEMBER THY NAME
Business cards are annoying. They clutter your desk, stuff your wallet or make you wish you held onto them.
Enter CamCard, a free app that is all business.
Next time someone hands your his or her card, snap a photo with your Andriod, iPhone and BlackBerry, and watch CamCard read and replicate, filing the person’s name and phone number away for later.
Turns out many people who fork out hundreds for smart phones and tablets care about their finances.
About 40 percent of banking occurs on smart phones and tablets, according to xAd and Telmetrics Mobile Path to Purchase Study.
Fund transfers, bill payments and other transactions can be completed through Mint.com or PNC Bank Virtual Wallet, Chase, Bank of America, Capital One and Wells Fargo without the fondest idea of your account number or routing number.