Our phones can be technological gifts, empowering us to become more productive, creative, and healthy.
Instead of the technological gifts they should be, our phones often become our chains. Notifications are the stimuli for our brains drooling for social acceptance and connection. Swiping and scrolling are the new dopamine drug, releasing with every flick of the fingers. Welcome to the dark, time-sucking hole called “Your Phone’s Screen”.
Today is the day you will make your phone work for you. Welcome to my not-so-comprehensive guide! The following are my favorite, go-to apps I use on a daily and weekly basis. They help me study my Bible more, write more, exercise more, and…well, do more.
These apps are organized by how often I use them. And NONE of these are affiliate links. Just to clarify. 😀
I discovered this app through The Bible Project on YouTube. The app guides you through the entire Bible in one year along with incredibly animated and information-dense videos. I love how you read through the Psalms 2.5 times by the time you’re done!
My favorite feature is how you can start the reading plan at any time. Don’t wait for January 1st when 99% of resolutions made are never kept anyways. If you don’t have a Bible reading plan, there is no better time to set it up than today.
Note: Most of what I have seen in the videos (so far) is solid. Just be aware a few of the videos have a premillennial slant
This is my favorite writing app for my phone and desktop. It has a beautiful, minimalist layout making it easier to focus on the writing. If you find yourself with your phone and free time — write! #noexcuses
The only con is the syncing between devices is a paid upgrade. Evernote is still the best for syncing but does not have the most intuitive organizational system. Bear, on the other hand, uses a simple hashtag system to organize everything.
Tip: Here is a cool trick I learned to get around the missing sync feature. If you have an iPhone and MacBook, turn on Bluetooth for both devices. When you copy something on one device (⌘C), you can go straight to the other device and paste it (⌘V).
For the desktop version, my favorite feature is the intuitive keyboard shortcuts. For those of you not familiar with keyboard shortcuts, no worries. A button on the side has a cheat sheet for all the shortcuts. In a week, you’ll have all of them memorized — promise. And it will make your life so much easier.
— The Verge (@verge) March 2, 2017
Ever see an article online or on social media you wanted to read? But didn’t have time? “Oh, I’ll remember where to find it and read it later.”
I never did.
Because I hated using bookmarks and having a gazillion tabs open, I started using Pocket. After getting frustrated with the app, I discovered Instapaper. And I love it! I can save articles from the web, social media, anywhere and download it to read later (even offline). Plus it syncs between my laptop and phone, allowing me to read on any device I’m on.
For example, if you see an article you want to read on your computer, quickly save it to Instapaper. The next day, say you’re on break at work with nothing to do. Pull out your phone and read the article. THE BEST!
This has been my go-to photo editing app for a while. Absolutely love how the app has evolved over the years. It keeps getting better and better!
VSCO has incredible photo editing tools, but it’s most famous for the filters. Almost every picture on my Instagram has been edited with VSCO!
Tip: It can be easy to go overboard on filters. When applying a filter, select the filter again to pull up a slider. You can adjust the intensity of the filter from 1 to 12. I usually stay within 4 to 8.
5. Nike+ Training
I have found the best way to overcome writer’s block is to work out. Seriously, the best-kept secret ever.
For people like me who can’t afford the gym fee, this app is the next best bet. It has everything from low to high-intensity workouts you can use at home or in the gym. Since I have access to minimal equipment, I use the “Bodyweight Only Plan”. The built-in plans are flexible and personalized.
What do you think? Did I miss an amazing app we should all know about? Share your favorite apps below and let’s talk about it!
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