“Smartphones, dumb (stuff).”
That’s the edited version of the last line of a chorus on R&B artist Trey Songz’s most recent album. And, where it has nothing to do with professional development, I see plenty of people who use their smartphones for so so soooo many pointless things. And there is nothing wrong with that. I have a few games on here that won’t help me develop myself professionally but, dagnabit, they’re fun! But there are many more applications on my phone that help with my productivity and knowledge of my craft. I’m not saying you need all of the apps I have but there are definitely a few that can help everyone’s productivity and adding an overall air of a seamless technological experience. So here are a few apps I use daily that you should check out and see if they fit into your lifestyle.
Holy Bible by LifeChurch.tv – This app starts my day off. Before I even wake up most days, I get a reminder to read. It starts me on the right path. Also, there are some great reading plans if you’re looking to further your understanding of the Word.
Tempo by Tempo Al – This is my personal choice for calendar applications. It allows me to speak an appointment as I please (Work tomorrow at Nordstrom from 11-7) and properly inputs the event. Also, if I’m meeting w/ someone, it pulls their contact info from my address book and email account so I can look at what we’ve discussed recently. These are just a couple of the features I love but I recommend you play around with it.
Dropbox by Dropbox – The first cloud application I was exposed to and, therefore the one that stuck. Really, you can choose any cloud app as long as it’s accessible from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.
Evernote by Evernote – This is actually the app I’m using to write this post. I began typing it on a laptop and needed to finish via phone so here I am. It’s a cloud that you can use as a word processer, photo album, or for voice recordings. And it utilizes a cloud (obviously) so I can access my notes anywhere in the world.
Buffer by Buffer, Inc. – Usually, if you see me tweeting throughout the day and I’m at work, I’m not actually live tweeting. Instead, I use an application called Buffer that allows me to post to my Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn profiles at specified intervals throughout the day. Sometimes I’m posting a quote. Other times I’m posting the link to a blog post or magazine article I’ve written. But every single Buffer post is done with the goal of measurable returns.
Gorilla Workout by Heckr, LLC – Do you need a good workout but haven’t got a gym membership? Check out this app. It has daily workouts for anyone in any physical condition. And most you can do at home, in your neighborhood fitness center, or on a playground. The hardest thing is just to get started.
Acorns by Acorns – Our grandparents had a great savings plan way back in the day. That plan was to, at the end of the day, dump their coins in a bucket/jar and save them for a rainy day. But, with the growing popularity of debit cards, cash is not used as much, thus making the change jar a thing of the past. That’s where this application comes in. Acorns takes the lose change from every debit transaction and puts it into a savings account. The money is then invested and, if you leave it there to grow, you will begin to see a return on your investment.
Flipboard by Flipboard, Inc. – It’s 2015. We don’t have time to thumb through newspapers or even really keep up with all the news sources on television/the web. So how can we filter out which stories are important? Well Flipboard begins to help with that. Flipboard allows you to choose the categories that matter most to you and read their updates. Kind of like a more focused, more in-depth Twitter.
These are just a few of the many apps I use regularly. Keep checking in for more suggestions from week to week.