It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago you had to hold a key down four times just to get to the letter ‘s’ on the phone (who’s idea was that to put one of the most popular letters as the last one on the key, anyways?). Now, our phones literally have our entire lives inside of them: our beloved memories and pictures, our credit card information, our social media accounts, and more. This little pocket-sized computer is becoming a necessity every day.
There’s an endless amount of apps in the App Store. For this reason, it’s difficult to know which apps you need. Although many apps are useless (sorry, Fruit Ninja lovers), there are also countless apps that can actually help you make incredible changes in your lives. With these amazing apps, you’ll not only better manage your success, but also the storage space on your phone. In trying to live every day as successfully as possible, these are some apps I’ve deemed a must-need for every person striving for success.
The lesser-known counterpart to Google Maps, this app will change the life of anyone travelling without data or Wifi. Maps.me allows you to download any city and have access to it wherever you are. Why bother carrying 50 different maps that could get ripped, wet, or damaged when you can fit the entire world in the palm of your hand?
A Banking App
In this growing digital age, I make it a top priority that whatever bank I sign up for has a mobile app. I don’t care how old school you are; having a banking app is an absolute lifesaver. As a girl who’s constantly on the go, there’s no guarantee when I’ll be near a computer to check my account or near a bank to deposit a check. That’s why banking apps are so amazing. You can deposit a check from anywhere, whether you’re in Rome or Rio, or even just in the comforts of your home. It not only saves you the hassle of driving to the bank, but it also could save you from scams or other people who are funneling money from your account. With an app, you can check daily and make sure your history matches the purchases you’ve made.
Having financial struggles? Keeping a record of your expenses is the first step to getting out of debt. Mint is a great resource for managing your credit score, budgets, and bills. This app truly does it all.
My Net Diary
If you’re trying to lose weight, calorie counter is the way to go. This app is a great way to estimate your daily calorie intake and tell you how many calories you should be eating on average. It has a daily goal and a graph to mark your progress. With this app, you can measure your steps, your exercise, your water, and your calories for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. It also tells you the amount of carbs, fats, and proteins you’re eating. For a dieting app, this one can’t be beat.
Although I imagine almost everyone is aware of this revolutionary music app, I couldn’t help but include it in my list. Pandora is officially out, ladies and gentlemen. Spotify is in. With access to almost every single artist, the ability to create countless playlists for every possible mood, and daily/weekly recommendations, this app can’t be beat. Although you normally need data/Wifi to access Spotify, it’s not too expensive to upgrade to Spotify premium and have downloaded music available to you wherever you go.
If you’re a list maker like me, this app is a dream come true. It’s organization at its peak. It starts out with a general list entitled “all tasks” and you can add stuff that you need to do today, tomorrow, upcoming, or someday. It also includes the ability to create a calendar, categorize your tasks into sub-lists to check, and set event reminders. My favorite part, as a person who needs constant affirmation, is that it constantly gives you little rewards and encouraging texts like “You can do it!” “You’re a rockstar!” I know it’s cheesy, but I won’t deny that it makes me fill a little bit better.
My biggest phone regret is not using the Podcast app until approximately a month ago. I used to curse Apple for all the pre-downloaded apps on my phone. What do I need with a podcast app? Podcasts are only for old boring people. That’s how I felt until I finally took the time to open the Podcast app and find a life-changing plethora of inspiring talks and presentations.
I am convinced that there is not a single person who wouldn’t benefit from the podcast app. There is honestly a podcast for everything. Just think: In that 20-minute walk you take every morning you can learn at least 10 new words in French or whatever language you’ve always wanted to learn. Over the course of a year, you might even start to be fluent. Or, if you love history, you can spend your daily hour commute learning about everything from Hammurabi to the Harlem Shake. There are religious sermons, science lectures, motivational speeches, history, and money management plans. I seriously recommend checking out this incredible app. The best part? Every podcast is free and downloadable, meaning you can listen to them anytime anywhere.
Hopefully these apps can help you start maximizing your time and money. Have more free apps that you love to use to help you be the best you can be? Let me know in the comments section below!