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App Review: Water Drink Reminder Pro

I’ve always struggled with drinking enough water. I’m really not sure why. It’s just that I usually don’t think about it.

That’s why when the Android app Water Drink Reminder Pro went on sale for 99 cents over the Thanksgiving holiday I decided to use some of my Google Opinion Rewards credit and check it out.

Water Drink Reminder Pro Screenshot

You tell the app how tall you are and enter your weight and it calculates how much water you should be drinking each day. For me it was 103.8 ounces per day.

Whenever you consume liquids throughout the day you can easily enter them into the app. I like how it has a bunch of predetermined drinks/quantities for you to choose from… or you can edit them.

There’s a way to enter water, coffee, tea, sports drinks, soda, even beer. Having a widget on my home screen makes it quick and easy to enter what I’ve had to drink.

If you’re like me and need a quick reminder to stay hydrated you can have the app remind you. The preset reminder tone sounds like water pouring into a glass.

The rest of my family thinks it sounds like someone peeing. Which, if you use this app you’ll probably be doing more of. You can change it to whatever tone you like. If you have an Android wear device you can have notifications/reminders sent to it.

The Water Drink Reminder Pro app will even chart your weight if you chose to enter it each day. It’s been interesting to see the up and down fluctuations in my weight as I’ve started tracking it.

I’ve been using the app for over a week now and can honestly say that I have increased my daily water intake. I still struggle to reach the suggested goal but I’m doing better.

The reminders (about once an hour) have gotten me to take drinks when I normally wouldn’t have. This app has really made me realize how little water I had been drinking previously.

I’d recommend this app to anyone who, like me, struggles to get the proper daily water intake. It’s easy to use and almost turns drinking water into a game.

Do you need this app? Not really. You could set a reminder alarm on your phone to go off every 60 minutes reminding you to drink water. You could enter your weight and beverages consumed into a spreadsheet. You could… but you probably wont.

I could’ve done all that before but I didn’t. I like the ease and simplicity of this app and don’t regret the purchase.

If you’re interested in some great new apps as well and care about eco-shopping, my friend showed me Beyobee! I love it! It feels so good to reduce waste.

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App Review: Twilight

I’ve been steadily accumulating a fair amount of Play Store credit thanks to the Google Opinion Rewards program.  Not knowing what new apps I might want to spend some of it on I turned to my favorite Android forum.

I asked, “What is the last app you bought?”  A good friend replied that he purchased the pro version of the Twilight app and was really happy with it.

His recommendations and advice in the past have been spot on so I headed to the Play Store to check it out.  I read the app description and watched the informational YouTube video.

Based on what I read, saw, and that trusted recommendation I paid the $2.99 for the Twilight Pro version without hesitation.

Twilight App For Android

So what exactly does the Twilight App do?  It pinpoints your location and based on the time of day filters out the blue light from your screen.  This is supposed to help promote healthier sleep.

Here’s what one of my screens looks like before Twilight kicks in.

Nexus 7 Screenshot without Twilight App

This is the screen with the blue light filtered by Twilight.

Nexus 7 Portrait Screenshot using Twilight App

I’ve been using the Twilight app on both my Android smartphone and my Nexus 7 tablet for a week now and I can say from my experience…. it works.  It works really well!

I’m probably falling asleep a half hour sooner than before.  I’m also sleeping better during the course of the night.

The only downside I see to using Twilight is a direct result of what it’s designed to do.  Because it casts a redish tint on your screen it makes it impossible to edit pictures or find the perfect Instagram filter.

This is easily remedied by pausing Twilight, returning the screen to normal.

If you have an Android phone or tablet and spend a lot of time on it at night I highly recommend Twilight. You wouldn’t even need to buy the pro version.  The free version does everything you’ll need to start seeing the benefits.

Twilight is only available for Android.  If you have an iDevice you might want to search the iTunes store for a blue light filter.

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It’s OK To Ask For Advice

Today I learned a few lessons and potentially eased some workday stress.  I thought I’d share my experience here in the hopes it could help you too!

Here’s my story: Every week at work I have a very time consuming, detail oriented project.  It is easily my least favorite part of the week and takes several hours to complete.  It also happens to land on Friday at a busy and stressful time.

Week in and week out I dreaded Fridays knowing this task was looming.  Today I decided to do something about it.

I sent a group email to a bunch of people that do what I do at other radio stations within our company.  These people are spread out around the country and are faced with the same task each Friday.

The purpose of my email was to share the workflow I use weekly and to see if others had input on how I could streamline the process.

It didn’t take long and the replies started coming in.  Some expressing the same frustrations I had and others offering really great suggestions.  One even took the extra effort to type up detailed instructions on what he does.

Before the end of the day I had gained some knowledge and came away with two ways to potentially cut the time spent on this task in half!  That’s a definite win for me… but I wasn’t the only winner.

I got a couple emails sent only to me thanking me for asking for advice.  Turns out they picked up some timesavers in the email exchange too!

So what did I learn today?

  1. That my way isn’t always the only way… or the best way.
  2. That you’ll never know unless you ask. I could have asked months ago and eliminated a lot of stress.
  3. That if I have a question about something… somebody else probably has the same or similar one.
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