In today’s world, we would be lost without technology. Namely, our smartphones. Not only do they allow us to stay connected, but they just make everyday living easier. So, why not use this tech to your advantage?
Here are some of my favorite smartphone (and desktop) apps that you can use to build productive habits, stay connected and master of your daily demands. Tap the icons to learn more or to download an app on your device!
Evernote – Organize Ideas
Are you always finding inspiration in unlikely places and then scrambling to locate a pen to write down your thoughts? Evernote makes taking, organizing and finding notes easy. The app allows you to capture info in any format (web page, photo, text, audio recording) and makes that file accessible on your phone, laptop and online. Evernote is also a terrific platform to share information with your team and collaborate on projects in real time.
Forest – Clear Away Distractions
If you’re constantly distracted by the itch to check your phone, this app is for you. Forest allows you to plant a digital seed that will gradually grow into a tree—provided you leave the app open. As soon as you check Twitter or answer a text, your tree will wither. You can track your weekly progress as your forest grows. Plus, Forest is great for team engagement! A new feature allows multiple users to connect and commit to focusing as a group, so as your project comes together, so does your forest!
Trove – Optimize Your Email
Artificial Intelligence for your inbox, Trove reinvents the way you think about email. Trove cuts through the flood of emails, so you can save time and quickly respond to the most important messages. The app organizes your inbox, prioritizing emails that demand your attention. Its best feature is a “radar” that scans your inbox for unresolved email chains that you may have forgotten to reply to, then presents them to you in order of importance.
Grammarly – End Grammatical Errors
Grammarly is not your average spell-check. Able to catch advanced errors like sentence structure, vocabulary enhancement and even plagiarism, Grammarly gives you pointers that will help to improve your writing habits. Although the premium service does come with a high subscription price tag, stamping out embarrassing mistakes is undoubtedly worth it. You can use Grammarly on your phone, Microsoft Office software and even in your web browser.
Bandsintown – Catch Your Favorite Artists
As the name implies, you can use this app to find out when your favorite artists are touring near you. Never miss a show by setting custom notifications. Also, explore new bands by connecting to streaming services like Spotify so Bandsintown can make personalized music recommendations. Plus, what really makes this app worth installing is its latest update, allowing artists to reach out to fans, alerting them when they are in the area or when a new album launches.
10% Happier: Meditation – Tackle Stress Head-on
This app promises to settle your mind after a hectic day. Built with mindfulness skeptics in mind, 10% Happier cuts through self-help jargon and offers a series of down-to-earth meditation courses incorporating principles from co-founder Dan Harris’ book with the same name. Zen out with lessons taught by traditional meditation teachers, scientists and even a meditation specialist who has worked with pro basketball teams like the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers.
Slack – Connect Your Team
A lively hub for team-based communication, Slack makes it easy to send messages and documents across the office. You can easily upload files, create private group chats or even communicate with your whole team at once. Eliminate chit-chat from your email inbox while creating a unique space for team collaboration. An added bonus: At Southwest Michigan First, our design team created custom, branded emojis that make messaging fun.
Venmo – Move Money in a Flash
From the creators of PayPal, Venmo allows you to quickly send and receive money right from your smartphone. Paying back your friend after a lunch meeting just got so much easier. Venmo imports your Facebook contacts, allowing you to send money along with a personalized message. And if you have to make a payment to someone you just met, simply scan their personal Venmo QR code with your phone and you will be good to go.
Overcast – Boost Your Podcast Routine
If you’re like me and are addicted to podcasts, Overcast helps you manage your subscriptions. The app enables you to create smart playlists by letting you set rules for which kind of content you want to hear first. Plus, if you find you have too many podcasts and too little time, Overcast allows you to boost the audio speed without distortion. With this feature, the audio still sounds natural, and you will have the time to add a few more podcasts to your playlist!
Which apps do you rely on daily? Share your favorite in the comments!