Sometimes we all need a little help with organising our lives. Keeping on top of everything- finances, deadlines, health and fitness, sleep, passwords(!), is a big job! Never more so than when you are travelling and it’s hard to keep all your information in one place and to maintain any kind of routine.
Luckily for us there are some genius apps out there with are lives in mind so getting, and staying, organised has never been easier. The trick with all these apps though, is to remember to use them consistently, and once you’ve got that down they will take on a lot of the hard work for you.
I’ve curated a list of apps that will help you get life locked down so you can spend more time having fun!
YNAB (you need a budget) is a life saver when it comes to staying on top of your finances. If you have an American or Canadian bank account you can link it directly to the app and it will mark any transactions you make. If not, you can set up your accounts manually. Once you’ve put your incoming money in you can then add all your expenses like rent and bills and even ‘stuff I forgot to budget for’, so you can see exactly where your money is going, where you can make savings and where you need to cut back.
There are many budgeting apps out there and all can help you to better understand your money so if you find YNAB is not your cup of tea, don’t be disheartened, just try out another app, like Fudget.
For deadlines, to-do lists, shared projects, reminders and anything work related, Wunderlist is the app that everyone is raving about. Once you’ve made your to-do list, or outlined a project, you can set reminders so nothing gets forgotten, due dates so you never miss a deadline, keep everything ultimately organised in folders and share what you need to with colleagues and clients.
When it comes to health and fitness, My fitness Pal has you covered. You can use it as intended, as an aid to get to a goal weight, and make use of the calorie counter for both food and exercise. If calorie counting isn’t your thing you can use it simply as a diary to motivate yourself to eat healthily and as an accountability book for exercising. The app also includes articles with meal ideas and ways to make working out more fun that are updated regularly.
4. Sleep Cycle
If you’re not a morning person but you aspire to be, check out Sleep Cycle. You put your phone or tablet next to you while you sleep and the app tracks your sleep cycles. By listening to or sensing your movements the app wakes you up within a half an hour window of your alarm time, at the moment you are at your lightest sleep. The theory is that if you wake up during light sleep you will feel energised rather than the grogginess that can happen when you’re wrenched from a deep sleep by a regular alarm.
I’m sure I’m not alone in having a million and one passwords for all the different sites and apps I use. 1password keeps all your passwords in one secure place so you never have to fear getting locked out of your email again! Having all your passwords in the app and not trying to store them all in your head means you can have different and more complicated passwords for each site, making your information even more secure.
If you want to be a social media genius, Buffer is your best friend. The app allows you to schedule posts for Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+. No matter how many social media accounts you’re in charge of Buffer has a package to suit. It also shows you information from your posts such as likes and engagement so you can see where you’re being most effective.
Never have to deal with those awkward bill-splitting moments again. Whatever you’re doing, Splitwise makes it easy to sort out who owes what to who and takes the hard work out of sharing bills.
If you love your photo sessions this app will help you out with all the editing. The app brings to your phone or tablet the features of Photoshop that were previously only available on desktop, so you can get the perfect effect while on the move.
Synched to your GoPro this app helps you create videos in mere moments, with plenty of filters and music to choose from.
It is a global game where you choose a side, if you are bored and want a more interesting way to see a new city or destination. All of the destinations chosen in the game are user led and are usually at amazing historical locations. There is something satisfying about seeing completing missions whilst you visit monuments. Why not download this game, choose a side and be apart of a mission whilst seeing iconic parts of your destination.
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