If you ask people about the things that they cannot live without, you can be sure that the majority of them will say that they cannot be without their smartphone.
This compact device is what many consider their lifeline. This is one of the main reasons why mobile phone and telecommunication companies do not tire of making more improvements to their products and services.
No one can disregard the convenience provided by smartphones. In fact, many will even claim that a smartphone is one of their main tools for convenience. It improves their quality of life in a variety of ways.
So, if you still rely on your phone mostly for communication, you are certainly missing out on a lot of good things that your life needs.
But, if you wish to get better functional mileage out of your phone, here are six ways you can use it to improve your quality of life:
1. As a budget manager
‘Want to be more frugal and financially organized?
You can download different organizing apps to help you stay on top of your budget and spending. Some of these apps are smart enough to do the math for you to help you determine if certain purchases will exceed your budget.
There are discount apps to take advantage of as well. You can use these to avoid paying full price for anything. This way, you not only get to stick to your budget, but you can save money as well.
2. As an additional income generator
Side hustles are possible through your smartphone.
You can earn extra money to augment your finances during your spare time. If your phone comes with a great mobile data deal, you can answer surveys, click ads, and count your steps to earn money or gift certificates.
During economically troubled times, it’s a huge advantage to be able to have other streams of income no matter how small the income they yield. If you combine earnings from all of these side hustles, they may amount to a considerable amount of money.
3. As a safety companion
The world can be quite a dangerous place when you are traveling alone, especially if you are a girl. Being hyper-alert or mindful of your surroundings is not enough.
If you want to commute with someone you know often, there is an app that can find people in your contacts who can travel with you.
There are also apps that can protect you from muggers. The Motion Alarm app, for example, sounds off loudly when someone wants to steal your phone.
Another popular safety app that you can download is Watch Over Me. This app tracks your travel time and you can create an emergency list of contacts that will be notified if you fail to check in after the time of travel that you have set.
Not only that. It also possesses a feature that will automatically turn on the camera once the device is shaken vigorously. You can record the situation you are in without tinkering with your phone.
4. As a fitness buddy
If you wish to embark on a healthier and more active lifestyle, your smartphone can help with this as well.
First of all, you can download exercise videos from YouTube to your phone. Anytime you feel like working out, just open the file and follow the routine.
And secondly, there are apps that you can use to help you count food calories, monitor your water intake, count your daily steps, and even find healthy restaurants in your area.
Lastly, you can join groups that can support you in your fitness agenda especially if your mobile plan offers Facebook without internet. People from across the globe can provide you advice and encouragement to help you succeed in becoming healthier and stronger.
5. As a styling aid
Does putting together an appropriate clothing ensemble eat up a large chunk of your time every morning making you late for work? You can put an end to this by checking out Pinterest and Instagram for style inspiration the night before.
Or, you can use styling apps such as Stylebook that manage the pieces in your closet and help you put together looks. These apps even offer styling tips and tricks from professional stylists.
6. As a stress reliever
Your phone offers countless possibilities for stress relief.
From calming instrumental music to daily encouraging quotes and entertaining games to relax you and distract you from all worries — your smartphone can provide you with all these.
These are not all that your phone can be so you can improve daily life.
Keep an eye out for new provisions and discover many other ways that your phone can simplify life responsibilities and bring you joy.
Al-moottil P Antony
Al-moottil P Antony is a C-Suite Executive Support Professional for Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and African countries.