I am passionate about not being a complete and total screen starer 24/7, but I also have come to realize how useful the mini computer in my purse wrapped in a cell phone can be!
Below are apps I find particularly useful in my daily life…
Being a journaler, thinker, compiler of recipes and articles and lists… Evernote is a dream come true. My notebooks include: Home Details, Book Quotes, Recipes, Blog Notes, etc. I’ve been using it pretty religiously since early 2016 and it is a great help for keeping my creative, all over the place interests in one place.
This is a new one for me, and it does require a monthly subscription, but it is doing wonders for my get up and go movement motivation at home. 5 to 15 minute sessions, with workouts tailored specifically for your activity level, interests, and goals. I set it up to so the app sends me a notification in the mornings “You know you’ll feel better after this workout.” The quick, high intensity, easy-to-do-at-home exercises jumpstart my neighborhood walks and jogs and it’s really fun.
This is relatively new for me also, and I’m still learning it and seeing if I actually like it. “Echo helps integrate prayer into your daily routine, allowing you to stay in conversation with God in the midst of your busy life.” (via) With Echo, you create a list of your prayers. You can add as many as you want, organize them into groups, and even mark prayers as answered so you can see how God is working! You can also set up notifications or emails to remind you to pray for individual prayers, or even groups of prayers. Along with my prayer index cards, I am starting to groove with this a little bit.
My new favorite photo editing app. Cool filters and numerous possibilities for editing photos.
I have YouVersion, which I like to use for looking verses up in different translations, but when I purchased an ESV Study Bible a few years ago, it came with a digital code for this app. I really like using it because there’s access to all the study notes, maps, book introductions, and more that is in the physical ESV Study Bible. Super nifty to have on the fly.
I am a calendar freak. I go back and forth every season between Google Calendar or a paper planner. One of my life mottos is “If it’s not written down, it doesn’t exist.” Anyone else? This calendar app has List, Day, Week, and Month views. It also has a Tasks section, that you can schedule for certain times or days and will show up on your weekly/monthly calendar view. Fabulous.
This is my saving grace at work. Being a creative professional, there are a LOT of projects that stay open for a long time, and it’s challenging for me, working with a variety of ministries and a loaded church calendar, to keep everything straight and organized. Trello is the nicest looking, easiest to use project management tool I’ve found in my handful of years in the working world. I include it here because they have a great looking app where I can add tasks, notes/ideas, and deadlines on the fly.
These all sound fantastic. I want to give them all a try! I really need to try Evernote because I have little notes all over the place and always have something I want to jot down or make a list of. I use Wunderlist right now to keep track of my to-dos. I like it a lot because you can share lists with people so my husband and I share to-do lists, grocery lists, etc.
Chelsea B.E. says
Carolann, I have heard good things about Wanderlust also! But I’ve never tried it. I have finally gotten to the point where I need to stop rebelling against technology and find ways it can be useful and beneficial to our lives, haha.