Best time-saving tech and apps

The ultimate combo to make the day go smoother

In a world where things rarely run on time, working to a strict schedule can often prove difficult. But not if you have a few tricks up your sleeve. Here T3 unveils the apps and gadgets designed to save you precious time

On Sunday March 27 the clocks went forward by one hour, bringing us lighter evenings and a hint of the summer that lies ahead. It did, however, mean that 60 minutes of Monday 28 were stolen from you. Not to worry. It’s possible to claw back that missing hour of productivity. Using time-saving tech and iPhone apps, we managed to bend the fabric of time itself…

WAKE UP

1 Sleep Cycle
No more snooze button. Set a window of time that you’d like to be woken up in and place your iPhone under your pillow. This app will then monitor your nightly tossing and turning to determine when you’re in the lightest phase of sleep and wake you then.
Price: £0.59
MINUTES SAVED: 9

2 Cuisinart CSC400U slow cooker
Save time in the evening by chucking dinner ingredients into this slow cooker before heading to work. It’ll cook hearty meals in its 3.8-litre belly for up to eight hours, switching to hold mode when perfectly cooked.
Price: £59,
Link: Cuisinart
MINUTES SAVED: 20

COMMUTE

3 Dragon Dictation
While in the car why not bash out a few important emails? No, don’t take your eyes off the road; that’s unsafe. Dragon Dictation is a talk-to-type app, bringing accuracy and voice commands. It’s up to five times faster than typing and cleverly learns to decipher your accent over time.
Price: FREE
MINUTES SAVED: 10

4 TomTom GO 950 LIVE
TomTom’s HD Traffic, IQ Routes and QuickGPSFix shave time off of your daily commute, with real-time traffic and incident info, knowledge of peak gridlock times and the ability to re-route you on the fly.
Price: £300
Link: TomTom
MINUTES SAVED: 11

AT LUNCH

5 WalkJogRun
Pound some pavement during your lunch break, but before you go, check this app to view local user-created running routes. Alternatively you could plan your own routes using the free and simple tools on offer at www.walkjogrun.net.
Price: £1.79
MINUTES SAVED: 30

6 Nike LunarGlide +2
Built to offer support to underpronators and overpronators alike, the LunarGlides have a lightweight and durable Flywire panel and a LunarLite cushioning system with “energy return” that literally puts a spring in your step. All this in-shoe tech will help to rip minutes from your personal best.
Price: £80,
Link: Nike
MINUTES SAVED: 2

AFTER WORK

7 Tesco Grocery
Entering a shopping centre during the aprés-work rush is much like entering the seventh Circle of Hell, but with self-service checkouts. Order your essentialsfrom the comfort of your couch or offi ce chair instead, using this iPhone app. Features include saved shopping lists and a barcode scanner that you can use to add products. Best of all: they deliver.
Price: FREE
MINUTES SAVED: 35

8 Bosch Exxcel WVD2452BGB
All that precious time spent transporting wet clothes from the washer to the separate dryer… think what you could do with it. Bosch’s washer/ dryer has a 15-minute quick wash and a speedy spin dry. There’s also a reduced ironing option that’ll take the creases out of your work shirts.
Price: £519
Link: John Lewis
MINUTES SAVED: 3

TOTAL TIME SAVED: TWO HOURS