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Turn your smart­phone into a pro­duc­tiv­ity tool with the in­no­va­tive Smarter Time app

Destiny Man - - NOTEBOOK - BY EBRAHIM MOOLLA

Smart­phones can ei­ther be a colos­sal waste of time – we’re look­ing at you, Candy Crush – or they can make it eas­ier to meet work and per­sonal com­mit­ments and man­age a mod­ern, hec­tic life­style with­out anx­i­ety. Smarter Time, now avail­able on An­droid and with a beta iOS ver­sion in the works, aims to help you man­age your time and or­gan­ise your life more ef­fi­ciently. As you log your time man­u­ally and the app tracks your ac­tiv­ity au­to­mat­i­cally to fill in blanks in your day – bas­ing its work on your pre­vi­ous habits and on data from your phone’s sen­sors – it be­gins to pro­duce re­ports on ev­ery­thing from how you spend your day to which apps are wast­ing most of your time. You can ex­port your data any time, save it on­line or keep it tucked away on your phone, well away from pesky Face­book servers.

Once you’ve been suf­fi­ciently hor­ri­fied at the amount of time you’re wast­ing, you’ll want to change your daily ac­tiv­ity bal­ance and set cus­tomised goals that Smarter Time will help you achieve. We found the ba­sic free ver­sion more than pow­er­ful enough to co­erce us into bin­ning our post-lunch day­dream­ing habit, but if you’re af­ter ad­di­tional fea­tures like more de­tailed re­ports and ad­di­tional data-ex­port op­tions, you can sign up for Plus ac­counts, which will set you back $3-$10 each month.

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