I love to download new apps, but more often than not, I toy with them a few times and then they sit unused on my phone until I eventually delete them. Beyond the standard suite and a rotation of music, travel and social media apps, few apps have proven themselves meaningful enough to make a difference in my everyday life. Today I wanted to share 5 apps that have unexpectedly impressed me- give them a try, maybe they’ll make your life a little better as well!
1. Calm This app is the smartphone version of calm.com, a website that offers free guided meditations. While the app offers meditations for everything from confidence to forgiveness, I primarily use it for sleep. On nights when I’m too wired to fall asleep quickly (which is unfortunately often), listening to the guided relaxation and breathing techniques helps me unwind. I also like being able to pick my favorite nature scene to accompany the mediation (I usually go with rain or waves).
2. Timehop While most of us want to forget our Facebook pasts, there’s something that makes me smile every time this app pulls up my social media posts (and events in history) from exactly one, two or three years ago. It’s an app that forces me to pause for a few seconds, remember where I was and reflect on how I’ve grown. I look forward to getting my Timehop alerts because I never know what to expect from myself!
3. Mindsnacks Italian I would love to learn Italian but who has the money or time for lessons or expensive DVDs? This app is much more fun than any other way I’ve ever tried to learn a language and it’s in my pocket at all times! Even though I’m not a fan of the recent revamp of the graphics, I still love to play the word games and fantasize about the day I’ll be able to drop my new lingo while I stroll along the Via Monte Napoleone. If Italian isn’t your thing, Mindsnacks offers similar platforms for a variety of other languages as well.
4. Snapfish Snapfish has long been my favorite platform for uploading and printing digital photos. Having the app makes it easy to upload smartphone snaps right to my online albums and share them with my friends and family.
5. Better Christmas List The holidays are closer than you think and believe me when I tell you this app is a lifesaver! I’ve used it for several years now to help me make and stick to a holiday gift budget as well as keep track of the gifts I’ve given throughout the years. It’s not a free app but if you don’t want to pay the $1.99 (which it is definitely worth), just keep checking on it- I nabbed it during a free download offer and I suspect that one comes around annually as the holidays approach.
What apps do you recommend?