“There are no easy fixes”
We’ve all heard someone tell us this before, whether it’s a fad diet, project strategy or money-making opportunity. Yet in today’s world of exponential growth in the technology sector, this notion is being challenged. At the forefront of challenging this idea, and at the fingertips of billions of people in the world, there are apps. Many apps that I’ve downloaded turn out to be useless and get deleted within a matter of weeks of installation. However, there are a number of apps that I have found to be surprisingly helpful with health, business, wealth, personal development and even relationships. Shockingly, I see very few of my friends and family using these apps, and it’s likely because apps do an objectively crappy job of marketing themselves to the general pop. So, here is a list of the apps that I find most useful that you should download and give a whirl for a few weeks.
*I am not getting paid by any of these apps, I just happen to like them*
All apps are linked in their headers.
Do you have issues getting shit done? Are you as disorganized as a Werner Herzog storyboard? Do you constantly have a Facebook tab open in the background? Then this app is for you! Rescuetime is a computer application that tracks your activity on the internet and other computer applications (Microsoft, iTunes, etc.). It organizes your logged time into unproductive, productive and very productive usage (you can tinker with the criteria for productive vs. non-productive time). It then sends you an email every week with analytics on your productivity. It tells you what percentage of your time was productive and what percentage of your time you spent clicking through your ex’s pictures on Facebook. It’s simple to use and can make a HUGE difference.
If you want to be able to see when you’re 60 years old, get this app. Easily downloadable, this app adjusts the brightness and tint of your computer screen depending on the time of day in order to save your eyes from melting. If you are constantly looking at your computer in bed, you probably aren’t sleeping very well. The easy fix would be to just stop looking at your phone and computer in your bed, but if you’re like me, that’s tough to do. This app is a must have for anyone with eyes.
Have you ever been frustrated with organizational apps, or even setting reminders, saving files, organizing receipts, etc? This app does it all and more. I mostly use this app to save files or web pages on my phone (so that I can pull them out when I don’t have wifi), but I have also used it to set reminders for tasks I need to get done in the future. I was skeptical at first with this app, but after having it on my phone and computer for a few months, I really started to see the benefits. Give it a shot. (expert advice: get the phone AND computer app)
Instead of playing solitaire or 2048 on your phone when you have some downtime, try this app. It lets you practice your language skills using fun and interactive games. They feature a number of different languages and the games are actually really helpful for practicing them. If you’re looking to learn a new language or keep working on old ones, try this app.
If you are a travel addict, this app is for you. Ever get jealous when you hear a story about ridiculously cheap travel? You should use this app. TravelZoo presents hundreds of reeeally good travel deals on transportation, hotels, activities and all-inclusive vacations. If you love to travel but think you don’t have enough money to do it, this app will change your mind.
I was hesitant at first because of security fears, but after talking to some online financial experts, and getting pestered by my friends thousands of times, I finally caved. Venmo allows you to link up your bank account in order to send and receive money from your friends on the app (which is linked to facebook for easy contact connections). This app just makes hanging out with your friends easier. Instead of constantly splitting lunch checks, just use this app and send money to your friends in seconds.
If you are looking for a way to start investing your money, or if you are frustrated with your current investment strategy, check these guys out. This app and automated-investment-portfolio utilizes some ingenious strategies in order to not only save you more money but also compound your returns made from investments. On top of that, they have a great app for tracking your portfolio, adding funds and changing up your investment mix.
This app is so good, I use it thousands of times per day (I’m using it right now). It basically tracks everything you type into your computer and gives you live spelling and grammar feedback. Along with the feedback, it also emails you weekly reports of your grammar mistakes so you know exactly what you need to work on and where you are making the most mistakes. It’s a great way to avoid sounding dumb when sending out important emails or typing out blog posts.
If you have a lot of friends that don’t live near you, then you know how hard it is to connect with them on a regular basis. Luckily, HouseParty is an app that aims to alleviate this difficulty. It is a video chat app that will send you a notification every time one of your connections (linked with your phone contacts) opens up the app. Imagine instead of having to schedule a time to log on to video chat, you and your friends just happen to be looking at your phones at the same time! I have been testing this app with some of my college buddies over the past few weeks, and even though it has some minor glitches, it has increased the times I have been able to talk to them tenfold.
There’s my list. Do you have any apps that you love and couldn’t see your life without? Share them in the comments below!