Friday faves: apps!

Sharing some of my favorite apps today for Friday Favorites!

I’m always looking for the latest and greatest apps so if you found one you love please share it with me in the comments!

1. Over

I use this app all the time. It’s how I create the neat images and add cool fonts to this blog. I also use it to create my IG inspirational quotes. It cost $15.00 a month which is a lot for an app but if you’re a blogger it’s a really cool one to have.

2. Wunderground

It’s a really good weather app that is accurate and has good features like a five day forecast and weather by the hour. Plus it shows you the sunrise and sunset times as well as moon phases (and more). And it’s FREE.

3. Meitu

This is a great app for selfies. The filters are really nice. They have a lot of soft focus filters and little tools to fix blemishes or even out your skin. There has been some controversy over the information they collect so you should check into that. I did and felt it was still ok but wanted to put that out there.

4. Evernote

Best note-taking app I have found.

5. Print to size

This app allows you to customize the size of the things you want to print. It’s extremely easy to use and has come in very handy for printing anything. It saves ink by printing things just the size you need.

6. Acorns Investing

I just started using this app. It’s relatively new. You can invest your spare change easily with this app. It’s a way to invest without really missing the money. They do use bank safe security.

7. PocketLife

I love this calendar. It’s not cluttered, easy to use and has cool sound effects when you add appointments, etc. It does have reminders as well as an alarm and sync to other calendars you may have. You can upgrade to a full version but I haven’t had the need. The background to the calendar is different and pretty each month. I have nothing negative to say about it. I’m not sure what feature anyone else would be looking for in a calendar. If you’re looking for anew calendar give this one a try.

My other favorites are the ones you already know about like all the social media accounts and such. I also Spotify, Shazam, WordPress, my camera and a ton of photo editing apps as well as shopping apps like Amazon, etc.

What are your favorites?

Are any of these even new to you?

Let me know in the comments!

May you be happy and well.

Getting tons accomplished with one simple app!

Let’s talk about procrastinating. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have at least one area in their life they don’t procrastinate about. For me it’s cleaning.

It’s not that I don’t like cleaning. Once I get started it’s fine. It just feels so daunting because the way I want to clean takes forever. I end up trying to organize everything from closets and drawers to papers and then I go to tying up cords in the back of the tv and computer and all these nit-picky little things which take me away from the major tasks at hand.

For example, today (BEFORE finding this app), I started cleaning out this box of random stuff I had sitting around. Instead of just pulling each thing out, categorizing it per room and putting it away, I ended up finding some alcohol wipes (I’m a nurse. They’re everywhere). Soooooo, instead of throwing them in the linen closet where I have an area designated for them, I got to the linen closet and started organizing the linen closet. BAD. BAD. BAD.

I then ended up with MORE piles of stuff. I knew I needed help.

I know better. I really do. At one point I had my entire house really organized. Like. Really. Organized. We moved from one house to another haphazardly because we were in a hurry and everything was thrown in miscellaneous, poorly organized boxes.

It all went downhill from there. That was a terrible mistake that I will not repeat when we move again. We’ve been here for almost two years and I STILL don’t know where some things are or if we got rid of them. It’s like starting all over again.

Well, anyway, I found an app that I am in love with. It isn’t for cleaning but is for the procrastinator in all of us. It’s called Focus Keeper for iPhone. I’m sure they have something similar for Android if not the exact same one.

It’s simply a timer. It’s automatically set for 25 minutes followed by a 5 minute break. After a few of those, you get a longer 25 minute break (which I’m enjoying right now)!

Screenshot of the app in the App Store for iPhone

You guys, it is incredible. I’ve gotten so much done today just going in 25 minute increments.

It keeps me focused on the task at hand instead of jumping from task to task. When you jump from task to task, at the end of the day, it feels like you worked all day and have nothing to show for it. Until now…that is!

There are many similar apps. I downloaded three and this was the one I liked the best. It’s simple and free (though you can upgrade, I don’t see the purpose) and doesn’t have annoying ads.

As a side note, there is a productivity system called the Pomodoro Technique that this app uses.

Image from a google search for Pomodoro technique

Check this out if you want to learn about it. It’s a real proven way of getting things done:

Pomodoro Technique Explained

I know this works because it is a VERY similar technique that behavioral therapists use for kids with Autism, ADD, or behavioral issues and I’ve seen it work for them.

If you are familiar with it, use it or are going to try it let me know how it works for you!

Happy Day! My time is up, guys! (30 seconds left. Whew!)