Do you ever find yourself completely overwhelmed when it comes to organising your life and being productive? Do you need a little help with getting your everyday tasks done more effectively? Well, I’m here to show you just how to do that. There are tons and tons of apps out there and each app does something different. Some apps are similar that it is hard to know which ones are better. So I have decided to compile a list of my top 5 productivity apps that will make your life that little bit easier.
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I have literally tried perhaps 10 different family calendar apps and I have decided to stop with this one for a while. Family Wall allows you to share a calendar between you and your family members. Each person can be assigned their own colour and when adding appointments, meetings etc into the calendar. It works with each family member being invited to join the calendar and creating their own accounts. Calendar appointments and lists can be shared between the members.
The app’s standard functions are free to use but the premium version gives you access to shared timetables, meal planners, recipes, messages and maps. The premium version costs £3.99 per month/ £35.99 per year if you want access to the premium parts too. The lists are divided into 2 standard ones: Shopping and To-Dos. The lists are shareable so if one member is off to the supermarket they can check the updated shopping list. You can even add your own lists. Each member is able to add their own private appointments/ lists without the others seeing. It’s easy to use and straightforward so ticks my boxes.
This has to be my current top favourite app! It is a shopping list app and can be shared with others too. It’s a pretty simple app that works with you adding your whole shopping list line by line. When you click the magic button “START” the app automatically categorises each item into the different departments. Departments include things like dairy, meat, fish, vegetables etc.
It’s absolutely the best! When you tick off the item it drops it into the “shopping cart”. You can create a variety of lists. You can even amend the list categories to include any customised items. Definitely an app worth getting for your phone.
My Fitness Pal
I like to have this handy app installed always just in case I feel like being healthy and get a little toned up. It helps keep track of my calories by having me input all of the foods I have eaten for the day. You start off by entering some of your details and add in your weight goal and calorie intake per day and then you input the food you ate that day plus any steps you have taken or exercise you have done.
It then deducts the exercise/ walking from what you had consumed and gives you a “remaining” total. This allows you to keep track of your weight and use it to start shedding those kgs! You can insert your weight each week to see if you are keeping on track or not. A new feature is the exercise plans and workout planner templates they have available, but I think this is mostly a paid feature – worth trialling if you’re into fitness.
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This is a new app I came across when searching for inventory apps. I was looking for something to help me stay on top of what food products I have at home so that I know what stock I need to replenish when going food shopping. It can be so overwhelming when walking through the supermarket isles not knowing what to buy. No matter what we do we always either buy too much or forget something. This causes food wastage and also hits the money budget too.
One great tip for saving both is to ensure you know exactly what is in your fridge and pantry and meal plan. This way you know what you will be needing that week and what you actually have in your cupboards so only but what you need. This app helps with just that. It allows you to keep track of your food inventory and plan your meals all in one place.
I haven’t set it up fully just yet but it is on my to-do list! It is a bit fiddly when it comes to setting up all of your products into the app so that it can start compiling your lists but I think it’s worth the time. Will report back with an update once I have sorted it out. I believe it will really make compiling our shopping list much easier and even meal prepping as it allows us to see what we have in stock and what stock (and backstock) needs replenishing.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this app for all my quick on the go scanning needs. I tend to do a lot of scanning of documents that I either need to email or turn into PDFs for saving or uploading. This app scans documents so well once you get the hang of it and literally takes a minute. It scans the document you are taking a picture of including the edges and colours and even if the setting is dark it will scan in a bright file for you.
It really is as good as it sounds. So if you need to scan in a lot of things then this app is for you. It’s great for receipts so if you have a business and need to save receipts then this works so well with them. You can save as a pic straight to your camera roll – for any uploading you may need to do. It can be saved as a PDF and emailed. You can even save it directly into Evernote (another great productivity app of mine).
Bonus app: Kidstart*
This is a great cash-back type of app, which allows you to earn a percentage of qualifying purchases you make online. The idea is that you go through the app and it will take you to your chosen vendor. Then you make a purchase and after a certain number of days, you get a percentage of the amount back. The aim of this particular cash-back app is to allow you to save for your children. Certain purchases like hotel bookings through Booking.com had high returns. We managed to save £179 since January 2018. To read more about this app, check this post out!
So there you have my list of top 5 (plus bonus) productivity apps. I am, of course, always on the lookout for more apps (to replace the ones I have perhaps) to streamline my tasks and make my life more organised & productive. And if I can’t seem to find the app I want, then I’ll just have to make my own.
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What are your favourite apps on your iPhone?
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Such a helpful tool for busy ladies.
Glad you liked it 😊
Glad it helped you 🙂