Technology

5 Essential Life Apps

Or as this really should be called: 5 life apps for getting your life together.

As we all know there are about 6 billion apps in the App Store. They all promise different things or have functions to help our every day lives be just a little bit better. But how do you know which ones are worth your time, money, and precious phone space?

I’m no expert, but I do have a few apps on my phone that are pretty essential to my daily life. Awhile back I shared apps that get me through the summer (read that here), so today I’m sharing some other apps that help other areas of my life function just a bit better. I went back and forth about sharing organization apps or social apps but truth be told everyone knows which ones they love best.

Evernote

For Note Taking: Evernote

Being a student I take a lot of handwritten notes which is fine. I quite like those. But when it comes to lectures with a lot of information (like an entire drawing of a sea floor handrawn by a professor) I love Evernote. I simply take a photo of the previously mentioned drawing in Evernote, make some side notes, and I can access it from my home computer or my phone. It’s great for jotting down little reminders or for meetings at work because the notes are easily accessible from multiple platforms.

Refiner29

For Getting Caught Up: Refinery29 This AM

We live in a world of 24/7 access to information and breaking news. Sometimes it just gets to be too much and things happen while we are asleep. So to catch up in the morning I always check this app. Refinery29 This AM curates 8 stories I need to know about to be better informed for the day ahead. There’s a mixture of politics, business, entertainment, and other valuable pieces of information. I do miss the daily horoscopes though.

WholeFoods

For Groceries and Recipes: Whole Foods

Did you know Whole Foods offers coupons and digital only deals? Well they do and through their handy app. In the app you can find coupons, deals and other important dealings with your local Whole Foods. I can also save recipes to make and create shopping lists for items I need with one click. The recipes can be filtered by allergies or specific food preferences which makes finding fresh new ideas even easier.

Wunderlist

For Virtual To-Do Lists: Wunderlist

I am a paper to-do list person. I have a day planner and personal stock in Post-It Notes. Sometimes it’s easier to use an app as it doesn’t get lost and I don’t spill coffee on it. Enter Wunderlist. This app has so many great features including alerts, reminders, and collaborative to-do lists. There’s a desktop version so finding your to-dos is incredibly easy. Make and track a list for just about anything and mark when completed. The completed items are saved in a special section for later just in case you need them.

Twitter

For Literally Everything Else: Twitter

You know the benefits of Twitter so this is a no brainer. I love Twitter for the live event coverage and commentary users provide. It’s also great for up to the minute breaking news and sharing completely unnecessary GIFs with my best friend.

Images from the Apple App Store

Essential Summer Apps

It’s Mid-July and summer is still in full swing. There’s plenty more fun to be had. Everyone has their favorite apps, and the “popular chart” section of the app store exists for a reason. (Duh) But just because something is popular doesn’t mean its worthy of valuable phone space (and more importantly, your time).

So take 5 seconds away from playing Pokemon Go to learn about my favorite apps for the surviving the summer. These apps are the ones I use almost daily to share my adventures in daily life, listen to music, eat, and have fun. I hope you’ll find some use out of them or we can relish in how awesome they are together. If not, Pokemon Go is cool too.

Snapchat

Snapchat

Where else can I pretend to be a dog and share photos of my dog? I love seeing what my friends are up to on the daily (so much easier than actually asking) and with the new memories feature we can share old snaps just to remind people how much fun we had over the summer (mostly just drinking wine and writing commentary on photos of Bachelorette contestants).

Instagram + Boomerang

I’ve talked about Instagram previously, but Boomerang is a really cool app the makes gifs of whatever you’re filming. I hadn’t really seen anyone using it until recently and now it is everywhere. It’s really cool for action shots of things like fireworks and saying cheers with a glass of wine (summer theme, obviously).

Duolingo

Duolingo

My best friend Rachael actually got me playing with this app to keep up my language skills and brain activity in a positive direction. The interface is incredibly simple and probably made for children, but the content is great. There are so many languages to choose from which allows me to keep up on the years of Spanish I’ve taken as well as refresh my French. After awhile it’s a fun way to learn new languages or brush up on old ones.

 

Postmates

Postmates

It’s too hot to go outside and get a burger. I’ll just Postmate someone to do it for me. Brilliant

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Down Dog

Summer is really hot so my desire to do physical activity is severely lacking most of the time. Yoga is really great because the stretching releases tons of tension and stress while still being physical. Down Dog has a subscription feature, but the free features are brilliant on their own. There are sequences for beginners all the way to experts with both restorative and regular. There is different pace settings, music choices (alternative, acoustic, and instrumental), and length of time (up to 35 minutes). Every routine is generated fresh from initiation so no routines are repeated giving a new experience every time.

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Spotify

Music is a huge part of my life. Everyone says that, but I’m 100% serious. I am an Apple Music purist, BUT I use Spotify at work and to share playlists here. I really love the variety of premade playlists Spotify has in comparison to Apple Music. The Discovery Weekly curated playlist just for me is also quite nice. Plus I love being spying on my friends and seeing what they are listening to. So I’m basically recommending the Spotify app so you can follow along with my playlists (if you’re cool like that).

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