Have you ever been having a casual chat with a friend and they tell you about an app they love? So you check it out and it’s awesome and you wonder to yourself, how have been living my life without this for so long?! What else don’t I know about?
So I’ve put together a little cheat sheet of word-of-mouth great apps that I absolutely love. My hope is you’ll add to the list in a sort of app exchange. (Of course I’m no expert or affiliate!)
Here are a few apps that’ve saved me time or frustration, have made life easier or are just fun.
Perk: While a few have a paid upgrade version, they’re all FREE!
Have you heard of this time management and productivity technique? There’s a 25 minute timer and during this time you focus on one task only with no distractions- no email, no phone, no social media, etc. Once the 25 minutes are up, the app’s alarm rings reminding you to take a 5 minute break. You do this 5 times. For someone easily distracted like me, this is super helpful.
I use this app all the time. If you’re in a new city, taking run in your ‘hood or exploring a new trail, this app maps your run, walk, hike, etc. It tracks your time and distance, as well as your route to keep you from getting lost. Especially good if you’re in a new city and need to find your way back to your hotel. Not that I’ve ever done that…
My brother turned me onto this mediation app. It’s especially good for newbies but is helpful for anyone looking to gain some mindfulness and wants a bit of guidance on exactly how to do it. Each session is just 10 minutes! Headspace has a free and subscribe option.
I’m all about goal setting and this app allows you to set goals for whatever is important to you. You add your goals and specify how many times you want to meet the goal during the month. For example, you could add “yoga” or “cook dinner” or “ride my bike” and the number of times you want to do it. Then you just swipe to keep track of when you’ve done it- it’s pretty simple. You can set it to remind you as well.
Every day I check this app to get a quick inspirational quote. If I like it, I’ll share it or take a screen shot of it. It’s a nice little pick me up!
Ok, so I have a problem with having too many tabs open on my computer…right now I have 21 open on my laptop and I’ll admit, it’s ridiculous. I’m constantly bookmarking articles and sites on my phone and computer. Before this app, I would keep dozens of tabs open or would email myself articles that would later get lost in the shuffle. This app helps me minimize this and allows me to save articles, videos and images in one place so I can read them later.
7. Pocket Yoga
I travel a lot and sometimes only have time for a quick stretch or yoga in the hotel room. Not ideal but better than nothing. This app is free and easy to use with voice prompts, 3 practice options and the ability to choose beginner, intermediate or advanced. This would also be really helpful if you’re new to yoga and are putting off going to an in-person class; you can learn the poses without fear.
This free app allows you to pretty up your pictures by adding text, icons and borders. I use it for blog images but also for pictures I Instagram or tweet. If you’ve ever wondered how some people add cute text to their photos before posting, this may be their secret. It’s super easy! (This photo is made with ABM.)
This app does more than I can tell you. I use it for keeping notes, journaling, making lists, keeping track of articles I want to read and more. And it has a voice option in case you’re on the run and want to make audio notes.
This is a life saver. When you land at an airport or need a ride somewhere, you log in and it shows you all the cars near you (taxis or town cars) and how long it’ll take for them to reach you. You can request a car instantly. Once you’ve uploaded your credit card, Uber automatically charges your card for the ride, tip included, so you don’t have to worry if you don’t have cash. It’s super easy and reliable.
And one extra…
The app will not improve your life but it could save your sanity if your plane gets stuck on a runway or you’re waiting in the doctor’s office for hours. Warning: it’s really addicting. You slide the number tiles, trying to get them to double until you can’t move them anymore and reach a high score. Sounds exciting, I know but I love it!
Ok, so now I have to know: what are your favorite apps? Share in the comments below!