In today's world of high tech everything, it's no wonder that we all use our phones for a multitude of things. From social networking to keeping track of time and managing calendars, our cell phones have become our pocket-size date books. Now, I'm not here to argue whether or not this is a good thing (at least not today), but rather to tell you about some of the handy (free) apps I've come across, downloaded and used time and time again to make my life just a tad bit easier and more organized.
Five apps I hope I never have to live without:
I'm so excited to hopefully be introducing this one to most of you, as I know it isn't as popular and widespread as some of the others that made this list. Pocket is an app that Justin introduced me to because we often send each other articles from Buzzfeed, Twitter, Huff Post, etc. and sometimes I see that he sent me something but don't have the time to read it right that second. Enter Pocket. This app allows you to save anything from your phone browser that has a share button. Instead of sharing it to your email or through text message, you share it to Pocket, then it is there when you're ready to read it. It's AMAZING.
I hope all of you have heard about Venmo. I resisted downloading this app for quite awhile because I hate money transferring apps and I hate PayPal which owns Venmo (for no particular reason what-so-ever... I just do). However, when I setup a NFL Pick'Em League for my team at work where we paid weekly, an electronic transfer was the only option that made sense. Now I love Venmo. It is so simple to transfer money to anyone else who has an account and all you need to set up an account is an email address and a credit/debit card number. You don't even have to attach it directly to your bank account! View all the money coming and going between your friends, collect money, charge friends, send money to pay you're friend back for drinks and make sure to leave a fun description in the message!
3. Podcast Addict
I don't know about you, but any app that will aggregate all of anything for me in one place, I'm a fan of. Pocket, BlogLovin', and Podcast Addict are high on my list. Podcast Addict aggregates... podcasts! I take the bus to and from work a few days a week and go into the tunnels below downtown Seattle. If you ride the subway or anything else (or have any level of common sense) you know that cell phone service underground doesn't work. What I love about this app is I can download all the podcasts I want to the app and then I don't have to use my data to watch them later. This is literally how I make it through bus and plane rides. The best thing about Podcast Addict specifically is that you can find any podcast anywhere on the internet. Ted Talks, Serial, This American Life, The Nerdist, anyyythinnnnnggggg.
I have a really hard time eating right if I'm not paying attention to what I'm eating. I realize that seems like a no-brainer, but it really is difficult for me. So, I track everything I eat. Not obsessively, and if I have a particularly bad eating day (like donuts for breakfast, a burger for lunch, and pasta for dinner) I may go easy on myself and not submit the entry at the end of the day :) However, MyFitnessPal has really helped me to recognize what I'm eating, what my body needs and it's made it very easy to see my good and bad habits in my weight loss journey. There are millions of calorie counter apps out there, this just happens to be my favorite. They post blogs with recipes, I can set weight goals as well as how much of each type of nutrition I want to get on a daily basis (40% carbs, 40% protein, 20% fat) and then it tracks it all for me.
This is another type of app that there are thousands of, there are literally thousands of calendar apps for cell phones and your phone comes with a calendar built in! I've found this one to be really useful and really helpful in my crazy busy life. This particular app allows you to color code your calendars, it syncs with my outlook and other email calendars and I can change or cancel work meetings directly from it. The biggest reason I like CalenMob is because it also comes with a Widget. Who doesn't love a good Widget?! If you have Outlook for work you know that (in most cases) you have a running tally of your appointments for the day on the right side of your Outlook dashboard. The CalenMob Widget is very similar to that and I love it. It makes it so easy to see my day at a glance and stay organized (plus, I can click right into the appointment from the Widget!).
What are some of your favorite apps? Some of the apps you use to stay on top of your busy life, keep organized?