Happy first day of Spring!!! As I type this, the sun is streaming through the windows and the sky is a sweet light blue. I am so excited about spring this year. Sunday is loving any chance she has to be outdoors, which means I'll probably be outside more this year than I have since I was a young child! Being outdoors is so good for the soul! I'm really looking forward to the next few months. <3 However, this also means being away from my computer. Which, as we all know, is a good thing... in moderation, of course. I run my business on my computer so I need some good desk time on a very regular basis. However, I am really grateful for my iPhone and all of the great apps I have that help me run a business and household all while getting fresh air at the same time!
Here are a few of my favorite apps right now:
Feedly - As a long time fan of Google Reader, it took me a few months to finally make the full leap to Feedly. I used it on my phone for a while before I finally gave in and started using it on my computer as well. Google is my go-to for work (google hangouts are used for meetings, email for correspondence, and the calendar to basically manage my entire life). The big kicker was that having the google feel to my RSS reader gave me justification to read blogs while working. The feedly platform is designed to look like a magazine - so when I open it I feel like I’m taking a quick break from work (which also helps me keep it short!). I am loving it!
Evernote - I can access my evernote stash on my phone, my laptop, my ipad, and anyone else’s computer if needed. This app has helped streamline my productivity, allowing me to easily categorize client correspondence, grocery lists, and rough draft blog posts. My whole life, organized and categorized with just a click of a button. Anything and everything goes into Evernote and stays there for safe keeping. It’s like my life journal, without secrets. :)
Buffer - You all can thank BufferApp for diluting my tweets and facebook status updates. I try to spend a minimal chunk of time daily on social media sites (what is a “minimal amount of time,” anyway?), but I also really enjoy sharing the good stuff I find with you. Problem is, I find most of the good stuff in the same 30 minute time frame. Buffer let’s me, well, buffer the status messages and links so that they are shared throughout the day versus all together at 5:45 in the morning. If you are a small business owner, BufferApp is a must-have!
Daily Goals - I just downloaded this app recently. It lets you create 8 daily goals and keeps track of your completion habits over time. I like the idea of a few daily goals because they all seem achievable. Having just a few small tasks to aim to complete every day is both challenging and productive at the same time. Love!
PicTapGo - A brand new photography app that I am LOVING. There are a variety of filters to suit every style and the best part is you can change the intensity of each filter on your pictures (finally! An app that let's me edit a bit more naturally!). As if that's not nice enough, the app remembers the filter recipes you use and makes it faster and easier to edit each image. It's a paid app - but it's worth every penny!
Wisdom Hunters - There are a ton of great Bible devotional apps out there. I love Wisdom Hunters for a couple of reasons. It offers a new devotional reading daily, they actually have a twitter blurb so I can share encouragement with others, as well. And I especially love how deeply it discusses spiritual warfare. I believe this is a real, serious thing happening at all times and I love the gentle reminders to be aware and to protect myself through prayer and reading scripture. Love!
And then of course I use these popular apps just as often as the ones above: Twitter, Facebook, Mailbox, Instagram, Amazon Kindle, Pinterest, Tapatalk, and Vine! (As you can see, I have downloaded Google+ and never use it... :))
What are some of your favorite iphone apps??