Have your ever felt time is constantly chasing you, and that your tasks are moving ahead in your calendar, without ever getting that check mark? Or have you ever felt that organizing everyday tasks are getting more and more complicated and harder to keep track of?
Obviously I don't have to remind you that today there is an app for everything, some of them are great to assist you to be more effective and productive and actually achieve goals, while others have features such as getting in shape and staying healthy, family calendars, and some are just for fun. No matter what the features are, today, many apps are designed to simplify our everyday lives.
After trying out the most popular lifestyle apps, I came up with a list of 10 favorites that I use daily. No matter if it's to nurture creative ideas, organize home and work tasks, schedule upcoming events, or plan blog content, if you install these goodies on you smartphone (or desktop) you’ll be effective, productive and never ever forget a task again. And remember to stay healthy, both in mind and body.
Sometimes, it's easier to understand things when visualizing its main elements and the connections between them. That way, the information becomes more clear and easier to recall. Mind mapping is a great way to organize thoughts, remember things and generate new ideas and SimpleMind+ allows you to do just that.
The app is user friendly and with the free layout you can organize your ideas just the way you want it. SimpleMind+ is designed to synchronize your mind maps across platforms, so you can access your mind maps anytime, anywhere.
You can easily add videos, images and voice memos to your mind maps. And best of all, you can use it for holiday planning as well as for work related presentations.
How many books have you read lately? I've read none for the past six years, at least not for adults. Since I had my two boys, the only books I’ve held in my hands are the ones my boys choose for bedtime stories.
However, with my mind craving inspiring and interesting content, I ended up trying audiobooks, and Blinkist makes it possible to listen to more than five books per day!
Blinkist distills the key insights of 1500+ bestselling nonfiction books into powerful 15-minutes reads and listens. For me, Blinkist has boosted my knowledge and I've gained new perspectives. Also, thanks to Blinkist, I’ve finally learned how to find my focus and get the right things done.
Nurturing, collecting and sharing ideas, list, images and notes with Evernote is efficient and time-saving. The app helps you organize important information, and since you can work across the platform, your information will be accessible anytime. Evernote has lots of great features; you can easily add pdf files, images and video recordings to your notes, scan notes with your smartphone cam to digitalize documents.
If you are a blogger you are probably sharing your blogpost at different social media channels to gain traffic. Here is my million dollar question: are you sharing your awesome content to another platform? If not, you have to try out Hootsuite, which is the most widely used platform for managing multiple social media networks with unrivaled features like post scheduling and statistics tracking.
This app makes it easy to manage your family’s busy schedule. Through the calendar feature, you can input your family members’ appointments and also set reminders. The app also helps you create grocery shopping, and the recipe box feature helps you create the perfect meal.
Did I mention the journal feature to share family photos and memories?
I bet that you’ve been out at your favorite restaurant and heard a song that you just can't figure out the name of. I know, it's so frustrating! Shazam is used by over 100 million people each month to identify music instantly and get song lyrics.
There are a lot of key features to enjoy, such as preview songs with Apple Music and add them to your Spotify playlist.
7. 7-Minute Workout
Our bodies are designed to be active, and the health benefits of regular exercise are hard to ignore. Over time, people develop problems if the amount of exercise is too small. I know that finding the time to do exercise is hard. However, there are no excuses to not use the 7-Minute Workout app. Think about it. You only have to workout seven minutes per day to stay in shape, get fit and toned, and healthy. You can do the workout while your steak is in the oven, or while waiting for the laundry to finish. You just have to do it: seven minutes is all it takes.
I work out a minimum 15 minutes per day, and my workout space is everywhere in the house, as long as I have space to swing my arms and legs. Remember, if you skip your super-short but necessary workout, you not only make a bad decision for the moment, you change how you’ll be for the rest of the day (and life).
It's great to do a daily workout in order to prevent health issues and to stay fit, toned and healthy, but the most important part of your body that needs exercise is your brain. It’s proven that consistent brain training makes you smarter. And a smarter you makes smarter decisions, and smart decisions leads to the life you wish for yourself. Not to mention all the benefits like improved brain performance and memory. Lumosity is a fun way to train your brain, and it’s developed by scientists and game designers. The app offers 50+ cognitive games to train your brain with.
9. Google Drive
If your job demands teamwork, you know that efficiency and productivity are important factors for success. Google Drive is a popular cloud storage and document management tool, as well as productivity suite that can be accessed from across several platforms. Its feature set makes it a great free alternative to Microsoft Office. Efficiency, ease-of-use, and collaboration are Google Drive's forte.
With this app, your selfies will reach a whole new level. It’s easy to use, and includes many great features such as the trending virtual makeup looks you can easily try on. You can try eye-catching lipstick, faux freckles, new eye color and so much more. It’s an all-in-one beauty cam and it’s up to you how much you wish to experiment with your selfie.