I’m posting again and it’s a mega review! In honor of my weekly goal setting posts I thought I’d tell you what apps I use to make those goals a reality. I use to be a paper calendar and list kind of girl but as I try to become less messy I’m going more virtual. And really? Virtual is better! I can actually find everything when I need it. It’s awesome. Alrighty, now for my top 5 productivity/organization apps!
Cozi – I loved Cozi before I got an iPhone but now…I’m in awe of how awesome it is. The app is completely free and I have no idea why anyone would ever pay for any other calendar app. Ever. You can give each person a color so there appointments are easily visible or so that you only see those appointments (I use it for my clients!). You can make shopping lists, plan your menu, add to-do lists, and keep a journal. It’s freaking ridiculous. When you update your device (iPhone, iPad, or computer) it automatically updates it everywhere. Multiple family members can log on and change stuff and it will instantly update that too. I put my grocery list on it while I’m on the computer at home, then check it off as I go at the store. I have all of my recurring appointments set up to auto-fill so I don’t have to do it every week. It’s like Google Calendar, but better.
Home Routine – This little gem is amazing. It took me several apps to find one to make routines that was easy and effective. As a bonus…it totally breaks down the FlyLady zones for you and changes them each week with all the tasks you are supposed to use. AWESOME. Yes, Cozi can do this, but this app does it better. You can add as many routines as you want. I have a morning, afternoon, and evening section. You can set up routines that only show up on certain days so I have weekly tasks set up to pop up on specific days of the week. AND at the bottom you have the option to use the preloaded FlyLady routines. You seriously have to check this out. This is the only app on my list that I paid for but it is only 3.99.
Pink Pad – This app is for girl stuff. Ovulation, menstruation, fertility etc. There is a paid version but the free one works just fine for me. You click on the calendar and add details about the day and any symptoms you are having. One awesome feature is that you can look through your records in list format and email them to yourself to print out and give to your doctor. It also predicts when your next period will be which is so much better than when I would go to my calendar and try to count the days.
My Fitness Pal – My Fitness Pal is my secret weight loss weapon. I use to be all about weight watchers but I hate paying the monthly fee and their app was pitiful. I mean for the monthly fee I was paying to use the stupid thing it should at the very least have all the cool stuff free apps have like….a scanner. The app is awesome. You use the camera in your phone to scan the barcode and it automatically enters all of the information for you. Or you can search and add that way. Great database that I have yet to stump. You can add exercises to get extra calories for the day and there is a journal and an active social community. The website even has widgets for your blog (I should do that!). You can put in your own recipes etc. It’s awesome.
Balance – This app is for balancing your checkbook. Or keeping track of any money really. I don’t actually carry a checkbook anymore I use a debit card and I was having a heck of a time keeping track of what I had spent. This thing is awesome. It is super simple with no bells and whistles you just put in your starting balance then enter transactions and the app does the math for you. You mark your transaction as deposit or withdrawal and poof. No more guessing how much money you have. I know a lot of people like Mint but that was just too much for me. I needed easy and this is it.
Alrighty! Those are my go-to use them everyday productivity and organization apps. What are your favorites?