I love lists. I love folders. I love planners. These things make me feel successful in life. Unfortunately, they don’t always come together as easily and consistently as I’d like, and I’ve found that a lot of my old systems of doing daily business aren’t as efficient as I once thought. (You should see Ali roll her eyes when I talk about my system of bill paying and cross-checking.) As I recently made a major life change in order to spend more time with my daughter, it feels foolish to continue to spend inordinate amounts of time with paper when I could simply join the twenty-first century and use my smartphone. I’ve done my research, and I have to admit that I became more than excited when I discovered what is possible at my fingertips. I hope you find some gems in here that will free you up to spend more time enjoying the things and people you love. Without further ado, here come the apps!
Mint. This little beauty conquers one of the most tedious and important tasks of our daily lives: money management. Short of telling us to put our wallets away when we’re aiming for an impulse buy, this app does it all. Like a portfolio, Mint pulls together all your personal finance information in one place. Suddenly, you can see the big picture instead of jumping from one account to another. Here you can watch your investments, check your credit score, pay your bills, track spending patterns, and even get advice.
MyFitnessPal. This is a super easy app to track what you eat and how much you exercise. It provides a calorie counter but also counters for carbs, fat, protein, sodium, and sugar so you can get a better picture of your daily nutrition. I love that it encourages you to set goals for yourself and helps you come up with a plan to meet those goals. I also like the fact that you can connect with a fitness buddy and share your information (if you want to) for accountability and to send cyber high-fives. There is a community section with a forum and a blog with recipes as well.
Cozi. Okay, you’ve got to check this out. This is an organizer’s dream. It’s your family in an app. We have color-coded calendars that include each family member’s schedule. We have reminders, to-do lists, shopping lists, a recipe box (and yes, you can add the ingredients straight to your shopping list from here), and as many checklists as you can create. The whole family gets involved and has access from their personal devices, cutting down on the number of acceptable “I forgot” excuses.
WebMD. Do you consult Dr. Google? Yeah, so do I. Or did. I’ve found that WebMD’s app has a nifty symptom checker that allows me to feed my inner hypochondriac. But it also has other very useful items such as a database of medications, local healthcare listings, and my favorite, first aid information. We all know what it’s like to have a sick child and run through the questions: Should I take her to the doctor? Will her medication interact with a new one? Is there anything I can do at home to help her feel better? And the list goes on. You might find WebMD useful in such situations.
We’d love to hear about what apps you love! Comment and share the good news.
Full disclosure: This list is entirely my own opinion. I was not paid anything at all for my comments above. However, if someone would like to pay me for my above comments, I would happily take his or her money.