So after not having internet for a week, it is finally fixed! I will be back on schedule with posts this week yeeeeeee.
I’m not much of an app person in general (I only have one page of apps on my phone), I am a minimalist when it comes to things on my phone. Mostly because I only want useful things on there that I use frequently. Anything else just gives me sensory overload or annoys me because I can’t fit everything on one page. I’ll tell you right now, I’m not a fan of game apps. I don’t really like games and I don’t spend time playing games on my phone. Most of my apps are for productivity. And over the years, I have found some really good ones that keep me organized and on the right path. I feel the need to share these with you, so that’s what this post will be about.
Just an FYI I have an iPhone, so check ya later if you have an Android hehe. Most of these apps are for iPhone or Android, but some of them might not be. All of these apps are free in the app store as well.
- Google Keep
I discovered this app a little over a year ago, and I have never looked back. I used to use the Notes app on the iPhone for all my lists and musings, but it always seemed like it was missing something. Notes is good, but not great. I have a Mac laptop so it was easy for me to view my Notes app from my computer or phone, but I also have several gmail accounts. Google Keep is just like the Notes app that the iPhone comes with, but it is directly linked to your gmail account. You can access the lists on Google Keep from anywhere that you can access your gmail accounts. It has many features, one of my favorite being the ability to make lists with check boxes. I make my grocery list with this app every week, and it is super handy to be able to actually check off the items on the list instead of deleting them. It is super handy for packing lists for trips as well. You can also create lists using talk to text and send them to whoever you want. The layout of the app is super user friendly and spatially sound. You can even reorder your lists by importance. I have grocery lists at the top and then budgeting info and blog post ideas lists down lower. It is a super easy way to stay organized.
- Water Logged
This is an app I’ve been using for a while now and it is fantastic! One of my goals for the year was to drink more water, and this is difficult for me for a few reasons. Mostly because being a teacher isn’t like any other job. I can’t just leave my classroom when I need to pee. So unless my bladder is a well oiled machine and on a very routine schedule, drinking mass quantities of water is off limits. Water Logged is awesome because it makes it super easy for you to track how much water you’ve consumed during the day. You can edit the size of your water bottle in the settings of the app (there are a bunch of different sizes to choose from and you can even customize the size), and you can also set reminders to drink water. The only way I was able to drink 64 oz, twice a day was by using this app and tracking religiously. My bladder finally got used to it and now I can stay hydrated without feeling like I am going to pee my pants all day. It’s also really fun to watch your virtual water bottle fill up as you track your intake throughout the day. The only thing that would be better is if they had a competition aspect on the app, so you could challenge your friends on who can drink the most water throughout the day!
- This AM
This app might be my favorite of all time. I’ve had it since it was released and it has come a long way. I have loved Refinery 29 (lifestyle blog/website) for quite some time and they came out with this app a few years ago. Basically they curate 8 news stories that you might want to know daily. The headlines are presented one by one (you swipe up to go to the next one) and they have links to the actual stories on each page (you just click the headline and it takes you to the source). I like to know what is going on in the world, but sometimes reading news straight from the source is overwhelming AF. And sometimes it just feels like its all bad news and it gets you down, but this app has a really good mix of relevant, important stories (good and bad) from credible sources (no fake news here!). It is also quick and easy. I read through it every morning when I’m peeing before I get in the shower. It is the easiest way to get news and go about your business. Sometimes they also have horoscopes and fashion stuff, which doesn’t always interest me, but that stuff is minimal. I highly recommend getting this app!
- Stop, Breathe, & Think
I’m all about my ZEN SHIT these days. But seriously, as a person with heightened anxiety 75% percent of the time, this app has been a godsend. It focuses on meditation, but it does not do so in an intimidating way. Thinking about having to focus and clear your mind of all of its contents for 10 minutes is pretty daunting. I’ve dabbled in meditation over the years, but have never found anything I stick with long enough to really see a difference in my overall well being. This app has been a game changer. It makes meditation easy. All of the meditations that are preloaded on this app are pre-recorded and all you have to do is select what you want to do, how long you want to do it, and who’s voice you want to hear (there’s both a male and female voice option). They have meditations that focus on many different things; ones for sleep, breathing, connecting with your body, healing, yoga, etc. You can also customize your meditation so that it doesn’t include anyone talking and is just chimes/sounds. The length of the meditations also varies, they have everywhere from 1 minute to 15 minutes. If you upgrade to premium (you have to pay) there are even more options. Another part of this app that I love is that they can customize your meditation based on how you feel. It just asks you a series of quick questions that gauge your mood/feelings, and then the app customizes something for you that will be helpful to focus on. If you’re a skeptic about meditation or you just feel like you’re too antsy for it, try this app.
Who likes saving money? Who finds it difficult to save money because of the internet/alcohol? ME ME ME ME ME! Digit is here to save you from yourself. Digit is an app that helps you save money by analyzing your bank accounts/spending patterns and taking small amounts of money out of your account for savings based on that information. It stores it in a temporary savings account so that you can transfer it to your savings or other accounts. It has honestly been one of my greatest app discoveries. The first thing I was worried about when I found this app was that it might not be safe, but I’ve had it for a few years and none of my account information has ever been compromised or in jeopardy. I was also concerned that it would make me broke by taking out too much money, but it hasn’t done that either. Sometimes if I’m having a heavy spending month, it will only take out a few dollars here and there, if I’ve been frugal for a few weeks it will take out larger amounts. The best part is that you can prompt the app to save more or less for you whenever you want and you can empty the saved money into one of your accounts whenever you want. You can also pause saving if you know you’ll need every penny for something. I have a separate savings account just for travel, so all of my money saved by Digit goes into that account. It has saved me quite a bit of money and given me the opportunity to go on some really cool trips. I’m glad something like this exists!
Hopefully this post has something on it that peaked your interest or at least gave you something to think about. I tried to get a lot of variety on here so that everyone could find something for themselves. They are all tried and true, you can download them and see for yourself!