You have a smartphone. You’re certainly familiar with Instagram, Facebook, maybe some Angry Birds? Do people still play that? But think about what apps you have as far as productivity goes. It’s still early in 2014 – organize and get yourself some sanity already! There are 5 apps that might be of assistance:
1. Things // To-Do
Easy to add items to be done, easy to tag them for easy searching later, easy to add repeating tasks, easy to add due dates, and easy to automatically sync all to-dos across all devices. Have you noticed a common theme? Things 2 is easy.
2. Busy // To-Do
Busy is more of a productivity motivator than others. Get into a routine of starting your day with your starred task (the one you’re most likely to do) so you don’t procrastinate. The inbox acts as a container to hold all tasks and you release them to your “Important,” “Doing,” and “Done” lists as you progress through tasks. The best part is, you can organize to-do items by project – Home tasks, Financial tasks, and other Projects you create yourself. No more visually chaotic lists of things to be done. Busy is, in a word, simplicity.
3. Evernote // Paperless Notebook
Evernote has been around for a while, begging to be an app before apps were even a thing. It acts as almost a virtual scrapbook – pull images and text you find on the internet, make notes, put them into “notebooks” and easily search everything later. Save recipes, create grocery lists, plan trips, save receipts and bills, all while reducing paper clutter in your life. You can also upgrade to a subscription plan, opening up opportunities to allow others to edit your notebooks and for them to be taken offline.
4. Supper // Food and Playlists
Does this fit in the category of Productivity? Making food while listening to some tunes? Yeah, sure. We all have to eat and most of us like music, so why not combine the two without having to do much? Supper is an awesome app that provides delicious-looking recipes and the playlists to go along with them. Get motivated to dice, chop and fry while to the beat of whatever music has been chosen, and then reward yourself (and your dinner party) with some jams to eat to. Try some new food, give some fresh music a shot, and it’s win-win. Kill two birds with one stone.
5. Paprika // Recipe Curator
Gather recipes from all over the internet, collect them in one app and then go to town. Paprika formats the recipes, allows you to creative interactive grocery lists (combining ingredients from different recipes for a total amount needed), and keeps your screen on while you’re cooking. It also allows you to create a meal plan each week, start a timer when a time is recognized in a recipe, and automatically scale ingredients to your desired serving size.