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10 Apps I Couldn’t Live Without
Here’s a list of apps that I use to increase my productivity or entertain me in a big way. I explain in a nutshell how and why I use them. Best of all, most are free. Enjoy!
We all have to eat
I’ve been using Seamless for seven years straight now as a time-saver in the kitchen.
When I need to order from a local restaurant or diner I’m a screen tap or two away from simply re-ordering a Past Order.
It’s perfect when I’m about twenty minutes from home. I can place my order and then have my food delivered shortly after I walk through the door.
What’s better than that?
The power of Audiobooks
Audible allows me to devour content without having to hold a physical book.
I can multi-task while listening to professionally narrated content or even lay at rest with my eyes closed and avoid any eye strain associated with reading the often far-too-tiny print of many books or the insomnia-inducing blue light emitted by electronic devices.
Since Audible gives you free credits, I just recently downloaded The Power of Now ‘on the house’ as opposed to paying $9 and waiting two days for the paperback to arrive.
Where Organization Lives
My first entry in Evernote was on 12/22/12.
It was a Christmas list for Woman’s fleece (color:white) $99, Cocoa Noir and Flowerbomb perfume at MACY’s, a Yankee Candle, a pair of boots and the Arkham City videogame. That wasn’t all for one person but a few people had a really nice Christmas.
Evernote allows you to enter notes via text, image or audio and access them across all of your devices. It is a small, lightweight yet robust app that makes the organization of information effortless.
Tabata Tabata Tabata
That’s not the sound of a drummer drumming. Interval Timer is a relatively unknown app that does one simple thing incredibly well.
It sets timed intervals for exercise activities that involve alternating high and low intensity. Another name for this type of timer would be a Tabata Clock. It can be used for round sparring in MMA/Boxing or circuit training such as HIIT. It features sound alerts to let you know when a round begins and when a round ends.
The most important component is its ability to access your iTunes library so that you can listen to your music playlists during your activity. You wouldn’t expect this much from a free app but nevertheless it’s 100% free.
Online Cloud Storage
Of all the online cloud storage services I seem to prefer Dropbox over them all.
The desktop browser interface and Dropbox app can be used in such a variety of ways that I could write an entire article about it.
Since we aren’t doing that right now I’m just going to say that if you’re not using Dropbox for online storage then you’re missing out on the best consumer-level cloud storage option out there next to Google Drive.
Google Drive/G Suite
G’s Intelligent Suite of Apps
G Suite is the combination of Google’s intelligent Google Cloud apps that include Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive and Google Calendar.
It enables a high level of collaboration between people no matter where they are in the world or what device they access the web.
I was surprised to learn that companies as large as Whirlpool and Asics use G Suite but on an everyday level these apps are heavily incorporated into my daily operations.
You can never have enough storage.
The Streaming Media King
I recall joining Netflix during its early stages prior to having the extensive library it has today. I cancelled and yet years later I found myself a member once again due to the tremendous leaps and bounds Netflix has made in its movie, series and documentary library offerings.
Today people are cancelling cable and simply using Netflix on wi-fi because it’s just that good. Netflix is now offering its own original series that are all so far stellar. If you’re looking for suggestions on thrillers, rom-coms or series then check back with me frequently as I’m an avid Netflix user and post weekly reviews.
Pick Me Up
The first time I used Uber was in Astoria, NY in 2010 as a buddy of mine had just discovered the mobile app and thought it would be a novel idea to ride a black car into Manhattan instead of a yellow cab.
As time went on I began to see the necessity of using Uber not only for its convenience but also for the company’s generosity in offering frequent discounts and promotions (something yellow cabs don’t offer us). During this past Christmas I was given three free rides for any trip originating from or going into LGA or JFK airport.
When Uber is busy just use Lyft as they’re pretty competitive with Uber in terms of promotions.
Boomerang for Gmail
Don’t forget me
Boomerang is an add-on to Gmail that allows you to do two things that otherwise seemingly just cannot be done.
The first is the ability to schedule an email to be sent in the future.The second is to be reminded when an email you previously sent has not been replied to and you need to follow up. I use it most often to send myself daily affirmations.
I’m not sure why in 2017 these features aren’t incorporated into every single email service in existence but having them gives you a huge boost in upping your email game.
Not just for shopping
I use Groupon for local services, events and activities more than I use it for product shopping.
There are local service providers that I would likely never known or used without this app. Since Groupon encourages a promotional environment among its vendors, first-time customers are usually treated to rock bottom pricing offers that you simply can’t refuse.
Bottom line, you’ll save a ton of money and also discover new things to do using Groupon.