I’m a paper planner girl at heart. I love colorful pens, stickers, and the feel of my hand physically writing on a hardcopy planner.
But sometimes carrying a planner literally everywhere isn’t particularly reasonable. And sometimes, as much as my inner planner nerd may not like to admit it, apps can do better than paper and pencil!
Here are ten to get you started!
Productive – Habit Tracker
I talk a lot about how important forming good habits is – it’s the only way to find more time in your day when you feel like you’re already squeezing out every hour you have! When you track your habits in this app you’ll be able to see charts and statistics of how you’re doing, which can be really helpful for looking back and seeing your progress!
This one, from my business manager, Tasha. It may seem obvious, but I use Apple Reminders more than almost any other app for planning. If I know I’m liable to forget something important, I stick in a reminder with a time set to be notified. Beats having to find a pen to write myself a note on my hand!
Also from Tasha, I also you Apple Notes to write anything I don’t want to forget that isn’t time sensitive. Once a month or so I go through the notes and clean them up – and surprise myself at the great ideas I’ve had that slipped my mind! I like these two Apple apps because they sync easily between my MacBook and my phone, so no matter if I’m working or our with friends, everything stays in the same place.
This app is much more than just a place to keep your grocery list! You can keep recipes connected to the app and create your meal plan and shopping list all in one place. You can share the app with your family so they can add to the shopping list, and it will also split your list into categories. Goodbye wandering back and forth across Target to grab ingredients you missed!
I’m a big fan of Google Calendar because of the way it integrates with all of my technology. Having my calendar accessible from my phone or computer is a huge plus, and with my work, being able to share my calendar with others makes events like Get Organized HQ possible!
Bullet Journal Companion
This one from my Head of Graphic Design, Shaina: The maker of the Bullet Journal has an app that is a companion to the analog system. It’s perfect for helping you on the go! This app is 2.99 in the app store.
Also from Shaina, I’m a Bullet Journal lover in case you couldn’t tell! This app allows you to create your bujo layouts digitally. While this app works best on the iPad, there is an iPhone version as well.
Yes, this is a period tracker and a planner in one. Aside from the health benefits of tracking your cycle regularly, listening to your body can help you plan out your most productive and creative times during the month, and know ahead of time when you’ll need some quiet time, so you can be sure not to plan too much for then.
This one also from Tasha, YouVersion is such a great Bible app! I love having all the different translations at my fingertips. With this app you can add “friends” and you can work through Bible reading plans together. Our entire youth group started a plan together, and everyone can comment about the readings and see each other’s progress. It’s a great way to maintain accountability!
If you haven’t heard about Ibotta, the time has come to start really, truly getting cash back for your grocery purchases! A built in grocery list, I must admit, would make this app even more useful. But you can say goodbye to the clutter of clipping coupons and get real money back using the discounts provided in ibotta. That’s a win in my book! (If you haven’t signed up for Ibotta, which is free, you can use the code nmqavg when you sign up!)