3 Apps that have made my life better...

Several weeks ago both my husband and I independently deleted Facebook off our phones and later discussed how it felt like we could breath clean air again. I've heard of others going towards the more minimal social media route and I find it refreshing. I'm not opposed to social media, but there is a fine balance to it, right? This article about going off the Facebook grid really resonated with me to welcome more deliberate living and clearly addressed many of the quarrels I have with it all.

After I deleted the Facebook app off my phone I also scrutinized other apps on my phone that I don't use or need. Besides other apps I've previously mentioned before, these three stood out as making my life better so far in 2013. (They are all free too.)

1. Day One : I've teetered back and forth between a digital and handwritten journal for years and have now decided I'm going digital. I will definitely still always have sketchbooks and adore handwritten things but what I decisively love about digital journals is that they are searchable and you can recall experiences, words and notes with ease and speed. Day One is award-winning and has a well-designed interface with the ability to tag your entries. For example, when my kids say something I want to remember I type it down on my phone really quick and tag their name on it. When I want to take a photo of something memorable and catalog it with words sans Instagram this is what I use. I also bought the corresponding app for my computer and although it has a few kinks (like not being able to tag) I believe they are working on improvements. I adore this on my phone and it syncs with everything seamlessly.

2. Pocket : This app is my go to for clipping articles I want to read later. As I explained to someone the other day it is like Pinterest for words. When I'm craving content with more depth or something to read that is lengthy, Pocket will help me digitally clip and save until I have a bit of downtime to read it later. This app is likewise well-designed with a lovely interface.

3. My Fitness Pal : I am currently doing a 30 day detox (more on that later) and before my cleanse I was really keeping an eye on my nutrition and tracking with this app which showed me what nutrients I lacked. Also (nerd alert) my husband and I wear these and have this and they all sync up flawlessly with app so we can see our activity, weight, and food and nutrient consumption all in one app. We've tried quite a few gadgets, and apps and have found this one to be the best yet at overall health tracking that we've come across. Although my husband now just bought this so we'll see.

While I'm on the app subject, have you heard of the trend in app land of waiting lists, ugh.  My husband Mac clued me in to get on the list for Mailbox - which supposedly puts email in its place and Tempo - a new calendar app, although when hundreds of thousands of people are in a virtual download waiting line I wonder if it is going to be like a Disneyland wait without a good ride. Thoughts?

What are your favorite apps for 2013?

8 comments:

Lauren Ashley said...

These are great recommendations, I've been trying to utilize technology to be healthier too. I use "loose it" to track calories and nutrition, and started using "rise" a gentler alarm clock. I may still get a fit bit yet ...

Lisette said...

My fitness pal is awesome, it makes you so aware of what you are eating and how much exercise you really are receiving.

I have many hang ups with Facebook and despite all the social pressure I have never joined. Good for you for deleting the app.

dandee said...

I just deleted Facebook from my phone yesterday and am wondering why it took me so long.

I love My Fitness Pal too. It has made me so aware of the foods I'm eating and the nutrients I'm lacking. Excited to try out your other recommendations.

I'm really enjoying the Goodreads app. I often have a hard time finding good books and this app makes it so easy to read reviews from friends and see what they're reading too.

Alex said...

These sound great! Thanks for the info. Aside from the normal apps, one I've been using a lot is Shopkick. My husband and I have a friendly competition to see who's earning more points, and the Target and iTunes gift cards are a fun little reward that makes it seem, usually, worth our while.

Vicki Archer said...

I use pocket, it's such a great app!...xv

http://vickiarcher.com

Claire said...

I downloaded Pocket a year ago or so and have found it very useful. My problem these last few months, though, is that I've been saving articles and not reading them!

I saw the Tempo add in the app store and thought it looked cool, but I'm not crazy about linking all my appointments to Facebook and people's email addresses, etc.

I did, however, join the Mailbox waitlist. It's been moving faster now than it was a few days ago, but I still have about 320,000 people in front of me! Why I actually downloaded it, I do not know. I think it was to "get in on the trend" or something of the sort. I guess we shall see!

christinamm said...

Thanks for sharing! I'm downloading My Fitness Pal and Pocket right now. My favourite app besides those two is Moves :)

Diana @ Brooklyn Atlas said...

I'm partial to TeuxDeux (pronounced to-do), a to-do list app for work. It's really bare bones, but the good design makes it actually fun to cross things off my list (and ALMOST fun to do work during the day.)

As for deleting FB from my phone, well...someday!

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