The start of a new year is a great time to declutter and organize your life. This also means your digital life, which includes everything from notes and bills to passwords and photos. Here are 5 apps I use to help keep track of it all and highly recommend checking out.
Wunderlist is a great “to do” list app I use to organize bills I need to pay, projects I’m working on around the house, movies I want to watch on Netflix, grocery deals I find and a slew of other things. Along with the free Wunderlist apps available for iOS and Android devices, there’s a desktop app available for Mac and Windows and it’s accessible online at wunderlist.com. This means I’m never far away from checking on items I need to do or adding items to my ever-growing list of things to do. I’ve been using it for a couple of years now and I honestly don’t know how I would survive without it in my life.
With so many online services and accounts requiring long, complicated passwords these days, remembering them all can be a nightmare. 1Password eliminates the need to remember them all (besides the one needed to get into 1Password itself, of course). The service and available apps are all very safe and secure, and allow me to organize and sync passwords across all my devices so I’ll never be locked out of Facebook or Twitter again. The basic version of the app is free for iOS users with a $9.99 in-app purchase to unlock pro features. Android users can test the app for 30 days before having to fork over $6.49 for the full version. 1Password is also available for Mac and Windows with a $49.99 price tag per operating system.
Intuit’s Mint app has taken the burden and stress out of budgeting and tracking my spending. It not only helps keep my budget in check, but also alerts me when something is wrong (such as a large purchase I didn’t make at a 7-Eleven in Orlando that turned out to be credit card fraud). It also gives me advice on my spending habits, notifies me when a bill is due or when I’m over budget and delivers a weekly summary of where my money is going. The Mint app and service is free for iOS and Android devices and is accessible online at mint.com.
I originally signed up for Dropbox to get all my digital photos and home videos organized in one place. When I filled up the free space they offer, I immediately signed up for a pro account. For $11.99 a month, I get access to 1TB of space and can safely store not only all my videos and photos, but my other important files and documents. I even back my phone up to it automatically and never have to worry about losing memories if my phone breaks or goes missing. Being able to access all my files in the “cloud” from wherever I am also makes life much easier. Along with the iOS and Android apps there are desktop apps available for Mac and Windows and the ability to access your files online at dropbox.com.
Google Keep has become my go-to app when I need to quickly take a note or set a reminder. It’s very simple to use and allows me to share and collaborate with others (remotely adding items to a shopping list with my wife actually makes that task manageable). I can also add photos and drawings to notes, which is a huge bonus when being sent out to buy weird items at the grocery store. What really sets it apart though is the ability to search through notes to find specific things I’ve jotted down (much better than the pile of sticky notes I used to have all over the house). Google Keep is available for Android and iOS devices and is available online at google.com/keep.
What apps do you use to stay organized? Share your thoughts in the comments below.