Our smartphones are capable of doing so many things now compared to a phone’s original purpose of just making phone calls and (if you were lucky) sending a text to your friends. Now we can quickly look up a recipe, do crazy amounts of online shopping, FaceTime a friend, or take a break and play a game.
However, are we using the phone to its fullest potential? I wish I was rich enough to have a personal assistant to remind me when it’s time to adult and bring me coffee. We do though have Siri or Cortana (I’m not prejudiced) there to remind us of the place we need to be and what we should be doing with our time. So here are eight helpful apps you need to make room for on your phone that will keep you on top of your sh*t.
JotNot Scanner can be used for iPhone’s while CamScanner is for Android’s. These helpful apps allow you to scan any document whether that be receipts, notes, whiteboard discussions, sketches, etc. and then shared (Lifehacker). JotNot Scanner can be shared via email, iCloud, Evernote, Dropbox, Google Docs, or faxed, while CamScanner can be shared via social media, email, or printed to any nearby printer. These are perfect for quickly snapping a picture of your teachers notes or having a coworker send you the meetings minutes.
Any.do is an amazing app for those who need to organize their life! The app lists your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks and sends reminders if you have not completed them yet. Your lists do not have to be the major ones; it can also be your grocery list or notes to remind yourself of later. You can set the goals on a weekly repeating cycle and have them appear each week for you to tackle. This app sync’s with almost all devices whether that be your smartphone or laptop.
For those who are persistently lazy and continuously ignore their reminder alerts, Carrot is perfect for you. Carrot has been deemed the “ToDo app with personality” due to its built in robot master that “can only be pleased by getting things done” (Lifehacker). “Adding and completing tasks earns you favor and points” however if you fail to complete your to-do lists, you will suffer the consequences of Carrot. While the app has been criticized by some as being too simplistic (you can only have one list a day) this app is perfect for “those of you who appreciate stark minimalism and want an extra kick in the butt from a sadistic robot” (Lifehacker).
Google Wallet is perfect for sending and receiving money easily! There are no processing or sending fees for money transfers. You can send it to anybody via email or phone number! You can send the money from your “debit card, bank account, or Wallet Balance” (Google). All of this can be managed not only from your smartphone but also your desktop. When you receive money, you can “quickly cash out to your bank account using your debit card” and access your money right away (Google).
CardMunch allows you to “scan and upload business cards into your address book” which can then be uploaded to your LinkedIn account (Business Insider). This is perfect for those always networking and looking to better their LinkedIn account. Not only does this app help cut down on paper usage but also keeps you organized on networking occasions whether that be on your LinkedIn account or saved in your phone.
I feel awful that this one is so needed but let’s be honest, a majority of us are no math wizards. Take a photo of a math problem and Photomath will do the work. Photomath is perfect for those moments when you are caught in a bind and you don’t want to look like a fool (*cough* I just downloaded it and I’m a Master’s student). This is especially helpful for trying to split the restaurant bill or that math problem that has just got you stumped (Wired). Please use responsibility and honestly.
This is the best app ever! 1Password creates a “secure password for your various accounts and then remembers them so you don’t have to” (Wired). This is perfect for those that have 10,000 different accounts and can never all of the passwords. 1Password is a much more secure way of storing your passwords versus scribbling them down on a piece of paper.
This is one that most people have heard of by now but it is still prime for keeping you on top of your sh*t. Google Drive houses all your google docs, sheets, presentations, etc. You can share any documents from your drive with others and both can edit it at the same time. Your Google Drive can be accessed on any computer but is especially great to have it at your fingertips when you are on the go. You can have collaborative folders with your colleagues, classmates, or friends.
Hire your smartphone as your personal assistant. Sadly, they can’t bring you coffee, but they can keep you on top of your life. Push those game apps aside and make room for these 8 helpful apps that will keep you on top of your sh*t.
Check out these other Miss Millennia Magazine articles that help you manage your life! The Best Free Money Management App for Millennials, How To be a More Productive Person, and A Millennials Guide to the Most Productive Mornings
Do you know of any helpful apps that keep you on top of your sh*t? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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