Written By: Kendall Larson
It is not news that the digital world is taking over the physical world. With consumers’ obsession with their computers, tablets, smart phones, and other devices, we are constantly living life in a technological bubble. If the preoccupation with our digital media cannot be broken, we should at least make sure we are utilizing the right tools.
Why not use all of this convenient technology to better yourself, both in your personal and professional life? Maintain your success, your knowledge, and your health with the aid of applications. If your top-used apps are Fruit Ninja and SnapChat, consider an application renovation to include the following:
Wunderlist 2: say goodbye to simple to-do lists. Wunderlist allows you to create to-do lists that you can manage and share with others. It can be used on any device to collaborate, create recurring tasks, and receive reminders.
Evernote: similar to Wunderlist in that it functions as a to-do list, but Evernote allows users to incorporate photos, record voice reminders, and search through previously entered information. This free app also allows you to sync all of your devices and share through Facebook and Twitter.
CloudOn: now you can have Microsoft office at your fingertips at all times. This app allows you to use Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your iPhone or iPad and save your files to your Box, DropBox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive accounts. It also features Adobe Reader so that you can open files of all types.
SkyDrive: this app by Microsoft grants users 7GB of free space to store photos, documents, and vital files on the cloud. You can then easily access these files from your smartphone, tablet, or computer at any time.
Personal Capital Banking and Investing: an easy-to-use, aesthetically pleasing financial application that helps you manage your saving, spending, and investing. This app gives you the ability to monitor transactions, transfer money between accounts, and speak with investment advisors, all while keeping your information completely secure.
Pulse: stop wasting time checking handfuls of news sites. This app saves you time and energy by allowing you to create a custom feed of news that is collected from a myriad of sources such as CNN, The Wallstreet Journal, ESPN, and Discovery News then displays it in one easy-to-navigate space.
Waze: an alternative to the iOS Maps software, Waze takes navigation to the next level with traffic updates including congestion and accidents, speed traps, and red light cameras. It also informs you of gas prices and alternative routes that are faster while providing step-by-step driving directions.
Bounce: this app is currently only available on Android, but is soon to be available on iOS. Designed for those of us who struggle to be on time, bounce keeps track of your scheduled events along with the local traffic, sending you a notification when it is time to “bounce” so that you will arrive on time.
Dunno: a simple tool that does the research for you. When you think of a subject you want to know more about but don’t have time to look it up, just type that thought into “Dunno.” You can close the app and it will do the research in the background. The next time you open it you will find a list of articles and videos that it has found for you.
Sleep Cycle: place your phone in your bed at night and this app tracks your movement to determine your sleep cycles. Based on a given 30-minute window, it determines when you are in your lightest sleep and wakes you at that moment, avoiding interruption of deep sleep to ensure an easy, energetic start to your day.
Fooducate: with the growing concern for health and diet, this app cuts out all the wasted time of reading food labels, ingredient lists, and nutritional information. Just scan the item’s barcode and this app incorporates ingredients, vitamins, and nutrition to rate the food from A-D.
These are just a few of the countless apps that are designed to enhance user productivity and wellness. With everything from those designed to track your exercise levels to those designed to complete expense reports, there are few, if any, areas of life that have been neglected by social media and digital applications. What are some of your favorite lifestyle and productivity apps?