Are You on Overload? 5 Apps & Services That Help You GSD

updated May 3, 2019
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You’ve got a busy schedule and a lot on your plate, so how do you deal when to-dos and plans keep piling up, and it’s starting to become more than you can handle? You could just never go to bed and pretend the whole “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” thing is your new mantra, or you could get by with a little help from your apps.

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I don’t have to tell you that there’s basically an app for everything—your phone can identify that song you keep hearing in the grocery store, monitor your sleep cycles, control your TV when you lose your remote, and even let you pretend to be a virtual pop star in games (…that I totally don’t play). You already know your phone can do it all, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that it can also help you outsource chores and tasks when you don’t have time—or don’t know how—to do them yourself. The key is finding apps you can trust, and these 5 should have you covered

TaskRabbit connects you with people who can help you with everything from cleaning your entire house to running errands and making small repairs. Moving? You can use the app to find people to pack up your boxes for you, build your furniture, paint, and more—and you can get same-day help if you’re struggling at the last minute. Taskers are thoroughly vetted and every job is insured, so you know you’re in good hands.

App Price: Free
Available on: iOS and Android devices
Locations: TaskRabbit is available in 18 different cities across the United States, with an additional location in London. You can view the entire directory of cities on TaskRabbit’s support page.

Handy is a great alternative to TaskRabbit in that you can hire help for tasks like cleaning, furniture assembly, painting, and more, and all professionals are background-checked and insured to ensure customer’s safety and peace of mind. Handy has next-day availability, so you can’t book a service the same day you need it, and there’s no option for someone to run errands for you. You can see the full list of available services on the company’s website.

App Price: Free
Available on: iOS and Android devices
Locations: Handy is available in 35 locations throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. You can see the full list of locations on the Handy website.

Thumbtack is a really interesting app because with it, you can outsource tasks and learn new things. It’s an online marketplace with more than 1,000 categories, so you can connect with professional interior designers, makeup artists, event planners, graphic designers, pet trainers and more to help you with whatever you need. You can also take lessons (everything from piano to ice skating) from Thumbtack instructors, find a personal trainer, and more.

App Price: Free
Available on: iOS devices (but if you’re one of Thumbtack’s pros, there’s also an Android app to help you connect with customers on the go.)
Locations: Availability depends on the service you need, but you can search your zip code on the app or site to see what’s in your area.

Think about all the errands you have to run—which one is usually the most stressful? If your vote is for “going to the post office” then you’re definitely not alone (seriously, are there ever not never-ending lines?) Shyp makes it so you never have to spend your precious time at the post office waiting to send out a package—the app allows you to get cost estimates, print shipping labels and schedule pickups.

App Price: Free
Available on: iOS and Android devices
Locations: New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago

You probably think of Postmates as an alternative to Seamless or Grubhub, and while you’re partially right—you can use the courier service to have meals from your favorite restaurants delivered on-demand. But you can also use Postmates to get items from local stores, which means you can get everything from groceries or wine to clothes and office supplies delivered to your door. That way, you can spend less time running around going shopping and more time focusing on what else you need to do.

App Price: Free
Available on: iOS and Android devices
Locations: Postmates is available in 27 different states including New York, California, Washington, Colorado, Pennsylvania and more. You can find the full list of locations on the Postmates website.