We live in a world where technology is getting better and better each and every day. There are so many tools available, right at our fingertips, that just a few years ago may have not seem possible.
I am a tech geek. The day the Apple announces the new iPhone each year is kind of like Christmas morning for me.
So naturally, I make it a point to try to use technology in everything that I do. In fact I have somewhat of a dislike for paper. I know that there is value in writing things down, but I only do the minimal amount of handwriting and choose to use technology for everything else.
I believe that many tech tools, if used correctly, can make our lives much simpler and more productive.
However, not all technology is created equal. This is especially true when it comes to apps.
There are a handful of apps that I use each and every day that I believe help me get everything done quicker, and more effectively, than I could do it without them.
The 11 Apps I Use Every Single Day
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I I use this for all my Bible reading. Every morning I begin my day by spending some time in God’s word. One of the things that I love about this app is that it has Bible reading plans that guide your progress through the Bible at a consistent pace. I’m currently on The One Year Bible reading plan, and the reminder from the app has helped me to maintain a consistent reading schedule.
I use Feedly every morning to review blogs and news articles from all of the bloggers and news sources that I follow. Feedly makes it so easy to quickly scan through and pick out the material that I want to dive deeper into.
Once I have scanned through all the available content in Feedly, I send the articles I want to dive deeper into over to Pocket. What I love about Pocket is that it makes it easy to tag articles and keep them organized in different categories. I use Pocket to separate information that is just for my consuming from information that I want to share through social media with my followers.
I use Buffer to share (nearly) all my social media updates. It makes it so convenient to log into one dashboard be able to share to multiple social networks from one location. I also love that I can click to Buffer direct from Safari or from Pocket. Another great feature about Buffer is that you can schedule posts, so that not everything I am sharing all hits my social networks at the same time.
I consider Evernote my digital brain. This where I keep all my notes and ideas, as it is so easy to access them from my iPhone, iPad, or computer. I even use Evernote to write most of my blog posts.
Nozbe is the tool that helps me get it all done. I have every project and task that I am working on in Nozbe. After reading Getting Things Done by David Allen, I realized the importance of having a task management system to capture tasks and projects so that they are taking up space in your brain. After trying a handful of other solutions, I came across Nozbe and I couldn’t be happier. It is the best tool I have ever used for task management, and I highly recommend you give it a try.
Note: Nozbe is a paid app. As of the day I am writing this plans start at $8 per month and include access for 2 people. Click here to find out more info about Nozbe.
I use Dropbox to store tons of files. The great thing about files that you store through Dropbox, is that you can access them anywhere you can log into Dropbox. I specifically use it for files that I want access to on my iPhone or iPad, as well as my computer. I also use Dropbox as an easy way to share files with others.
If I could only pick one social network to be part of, Twitter would be the one I chose. I love how easy it is to stay in touch with others, and stay up-to-date with everything that’s happening in the world. Twitter is my version of the news. I never watch the news on TV, so all the things that are happening in the world reach me through Twitter.
I am a huge believer that “leaders are readers.” Each and every year I set a goal to read at least 50 books, and Audible is one of the biggest reasons why I have been able to achieve that goal. I find that I can make it through a book quicker, and retain more the information that is shared when I listen to it over audio, as well as reading portions of the book the traditional way.
Lately I have become somewhat addicted to podcasts. There are so many great podcasts available for any category, especially business. Having the opportunity to listen to others that are successful in your niche is extremely important. Podcast make that possible for free!
Health is extremely important to me. As someone with a finance background, I am a big believer in the saying “what gets measured, gets managed.” This applies not only to your finances, but your health is well. MyFitnessPal is a great tool for measuring the type of food and quality of food that you intake, and the amount of exercise you do. By measuring what I eat, and comparing it to the amount of calories I burn, I can easily measure the direction my health is headed.
Each of these apps are extremely important to me. What is amazing about them is that most of them are completely free!
If you haven’t heard of any of these apps, or have heard of them but haven’t put them into use, you should give them a try. I know that I could not be nearly as productive as I am if I didn’t use these apps.