Smartphones are amazing little things. I’ve heard some people say that their phone is their lifeline; they can’t live without it because it’s like their entire life is on there. I totally get it, too; some of these features I can’t help but wonder how I lived without them! I have 12 apps that I use consistently on a daily basis to organize and get through my day. I’ve included descriptions and links for you to download (on Android) in case you find one that would totally improve your day! No affiliate links here, just apps that I love and want to share.
1.) Fitbit– The first thing I do in the mornings is sync my Fitbit so I can see how well I slept. I average about 6 and a half hours every night and for the most part I have almost no interrupted sleep!
2.) Bible– I use this for my Bible reading every morning. You can choose different plans to follow and even what version to read it in. I’m just about finished with my third yearly run-through, and I think I might try something different this time. This app also made an app for kids, found here, that I use with Allison every morning. It goes through the Bible with interactive videos, and she loves picking out which one she wants each morning.
3.) MyFitnessPal– I still track what I eat, and this, to me, is the best app to use. You can enter the URL of the recipe you want and it’ll pull up all the ingredients for you and calculate the nutrition info. You can also even scan the barcode of the item you’re eating and it’ll pull it right up for you! MyFitnessPal syncs with Fitbit, so they work very well together in helping to keep you healthy. I attribute my weight loss to both of those apps!
4.) Pinterest– And here’s where I can get hopelessly lost. Once you go down the rabbit hole that is Pinterest, good luck getting back! I use it for everything: recipes, craft ideas… Pinterest is also my main source of traffic, so I’m on it constantly pinning stuff to keep active.
5.) Facebook– I have to be careful with this one because it’s easy to get sidetracked. Right now I mostly use it to keep track of blog stuff, but once I hit my newsfeed, I get stuck reading about my friends’ days and suddenly I have no more time for work. It’s all about balance!
6.) Twitter– I use Twitter for blogging, although it’s mostly done on my computer. My app is good for quickly following people, though.
7.) Instagram– Instagram is really interesting, especially seeing how many hashtags one can use before it gets to be bigger than the picture itself! It’s a great way to share quick snapshots of your life, but I also like seeing how you can turn it into a business. Apparently the more well-known Instagram-ers can get paid thousands of dollars per picture!
8.) Google Drive– John and I use Google Docs for our grocery list, so I get on here once a day, whether it’s to add something to the list or to see what’s for dinner the next day. It’s convenient that we can access the same document from anywhere!
9.) Google Calendar– Another Google app that syncs to both John’s and my accounts. Every event we have scheduled is on here, so that we can coordinate and make sure we don’t overlap our commitments.
10.) Yahoo Mail– My main email, and I have it set to notify me immediately when I have a new email. I suppose it’s kind of creepy to get a response within 30 seconds of sending me the email, but hey, I call it being efficient.
11.) Timehop– I really like opening Timehop in the mornings to see what I’ve done in the past, or cringe at the embarrassing things I used to post on Facebook. I’m also flooded with pictures of Allison, so that’s always nice, too. And did you know that the day refreshes at 5:00 AM on the dot? Most of you are probably normal people that won’t ever be up that early by choice.
12.) Overdrive– This is a new app I discovered a few months ago. My library offers digital download checkouts, which means you can check out digital magazines, e-books, or even audiobooks. It’s amazing and I love it, but unfortunately it takes a lot of space on my phone. Still worth it, though.
That’s it for me; all these, every day. There are a couple more that I use maybe a few times a week, like Meijer and Kroger, but these are the ones I never fail to open each day. What are your daily must-have apps? I’m always looking for good ones!