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What are your essential smartphone apps?

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December 28, 2018

Apps for tracking your schedule, meditation, self-improvement, beneficial gaming apps, etc.,?

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Title What are your essential smartphone apps?
Author Not_A_Twist
Upvotes 66
Comments 54
Date 28 December 2018 12:42 PM UTC (2 years ago)
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[–]northernlaner40 points41 points  (1 child) | Copy

Google keep. Can make notes and reminders in one place

[–]jackandjill223 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Yea, these services are amplified when you have a Google home.

[–]AaronKClark22 points23 points  (5 children) | Copy


[–]ihopngocarryout14 points15 points  (4 children) | Copy

can't upvote this enough. ynab greatly improved my method for financial management, which was already pretty good to begin with.

[–]lokilis1 point2 points  (3 children) | Copy

I have a decent amount of disposable income, and I've set up automatic transfers (30% of my income) to my retirement/investment accounts. I have an emergency cash reserve already. I tend to let my disposable income accumulate to a few thousand, then either make a bulk transfer to my investments or buy larger ticket items that I want. Do you think I would still benefit from this app?

[–]ihopngocarryout1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Try it free for 30 days (sometimes they’ll give u 90 days if u ask) and see if u like it. The system immediately clicked for me and made my life much easier. I used to do a fair amount of credit card churning, and it was great for that too. The ynab subreddit is active and very helpful. Good luck!

[–]lokilis0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Okay, thanks!

[–]hfmutlu0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–]Abeham1011 points12 points  (2 children) | Copy

I use a regular calendar planner that helps you set weekly and monthly goals. For meditation I use Headspace which walks you through a lot of meditation techniques (anxiety, sleep, motivation, etc.). As for notes, I use OneNote in my PC where I will have a journal where I write notes on daily life conversation and note where I could improve, new witty ideas, TRP tactics, life improvement, etc.

[–]IrishGoodbye41 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

What app do you use for a planner? The standard iPhone one sucks.

[–]Abeham102 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Sounds like i wasn’t pretty clear ma bad. I use a notebook planner called Ink and Volt.

[–]lifeisweirdasfuck28 points29 points  (7 children) | Copy


Edit: And btw, a real journal is better than all the apps mixed together.

[–]da_Crow3 points4 points  (3 children) | Copy

I've found bullet journaling to be surprisingly effective

[–]airmcnair061 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

Care to explain why and what that is?

[–]da_Crow2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

For someone who is very scatter-brained (like me), it has numerous advantages. For one, the physical act of writing triggers something in my brain that makes me more likely to remember it. You can develop your own shorthand (called "signifiers") to keep track of different things. Bullet journaling encourages simplicity and efficiency, so most of the "mental noise" is discarded so you can focus on things that are actually worth your time.

As to what a bullet journal is and how you can set one up, I'll refer you and anyone interested to this video:

[–]TaeTaeDS0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Simplicity, speed, reward driven.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

this app is a cluttered mess.

[–]HitMan88114 points5 points  (1 child) | Copy

Google keep is a lot better in my opinion for note taking

[–]bumbuff4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Note taking, sure. But you should write a journal, a few lines a day. What you did well, what you did wrong.

Best long term solution when you actually go back and reflect and see if you made changes or how you need to change if you see a bad pattern.

[–]tdreampo6 points7 points  (4 children) | Copy













Apple music

Are my most used apps/

[–]bigpapi69x1 point2 points  (3 children) | Copy

Do you work for doordash? Is it worth it?

[–]tdreampo1 point2 points  (2 children) | Copy

I don't work for them, just get stuff delivered from them sometimes and I love it!

[–]Fedora_Tipper_1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Too overpriced in my opinion that I would rather just pick up the food myself. Only if I'm under the influence would I use them to deliver

[–]tdreampo0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I usually order a few hundred worth of groceries at a time so the $5.99+ tip isn’t a big deal. It’s worth it for me not to go to the store. Although I love a good farmers market. That being said hyvee will deliver for free anything over $100 so I use them a lot as well.

[–]Eclipsespirit4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Audible for Books

Headspace for meditation

Overcast for podcasts

Things 3 for reminders and schedules and projects

Bear for quick notes and noting down mental thoughts

Lifesum for counting calories

Duolingo for learning French and Spanish

Workout for workouts

MarketWatch for Stock News

Flipboard for Magazines pertinent to interests

Apollo for Reddit

Goodreads to keep track of books I’ve read and to read.

apple music and shortcuts

No social Media apps other than Reddit.

[–]Alwaysthecase_923 points4 points  (3 children) | Copy

Greader. You can follow news, blogs and read articles offline works well generally.

[–]banica243 points4 points  (2 children) | Copy

Is it like Feedly? Similar app you follow blog rss pages by interest

[–]lokilis0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I like Feedly.

[–]Alwaysthecase_920 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Yes. Just that feedly and others don't always download full pages for offline reading which greader does.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

Google Keep, MoneyLover and HabitHub is what I use the most.

[–]ForteStrength2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

MyFitnessPal Google Calander Google Tasks Strides (Track habits and drug averages like caffeine) Strong (Track workouts) Mint (track net worth)

[–]oldbluebox2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy


Best fitness app imo and syncs really well with Apple Watch. Has rest timers etc.

[–]Psychedelic_Dan2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

I'm seeing benefits from Sam Harris's new Waking Up app for daily meditation.. Kind of like Headspace.

[–]Terdmuffin1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

SwiftKey is my favorite keyboard app. I really don't like the standard iOS keyboard.

[–]Vouch33r3 points4 points  (0 children) | Copy

1001 techniques of masturbation Lichess

[–]AnabolLecter2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy


[–]banica241 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

beneficial gaming apps

I imagine Sudoku, crosswords and any puzzle that involves critical thinking or logic. Train the brain.

Edit: Mint is pretty good to track your spending, groups them in categories, sends you updates when you've spend too much on dining for example and help get you on track by visualizing your finances. You can also set saving goals

[–]tobular0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–]h04083650 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Myfitness pal and a journal

[–]Venenarium0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Habit Loop

[–]imtheoneimmortal0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Calendar Strong (gym) MyFitnessPal (gym) Insight timer (meditation) List to do (doing list for week/day/month) Marvin (reading books)

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Duolingo (Spanish) Buddhify (best meditation app available imo) Tinder (obviously)

[–]nathanissleepy0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Productive Habit Tracker and HeavySet for tracking gym progress

[–]Lunatcharsky0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–]so_XL0 points1 point  (6 children) | Copy

I use my Google calendar. I have it fully color coded to help with my expense/budget, my fun events (I call them rage days), work schedule, as well as any other events I need to remember or plan for.

If you wish for me to elaborate, let me know.

[–]That_Deaf_Guy1 point2 points  (5 children) | Copy

Elaborate please; how do you use it for your budget/expenses?

[–]so_XL0 points1 point  (2 children) | Copy

So I have my paydays labelled on my calendar also. So when I get paid I look what bills I have in between paychecks (paid bi-weekly). At that point, I list out my expenses (fixed expenses i.e. bills and savings (Bills are on autodraft for the day they are due). Variable expenses i.e. what I plan on spending for groceries and gas) and subtract them from my income. Letting me know what I have left.

Then I take a look at what fun events I have going on in between the two paydays. This lets me know if I can go and recklessly enjoy myself, go and Irish exit after a couple of drinks, or if I will have to skip the event to avoid blowing my budget.

For unforeseen events like car repairs or anything unexpected, my calendar tells me what bills need to be rescheduled into the next budget.

Once I make it to the next paycheck, whatever is unused from the previous paycheck gets transferred into my savings account. Its basically living paycheck to paycheck but it has allowed me to save money.

[–]That_Deaf_Guy0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Thanks for the detailed explanation; if it works for you, it works! I'll have to see if I can incorporate this, as it would allow me to use my calander more and get my finances on track.


[–]so_XL0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

No problem brother! DM your email and I'll provide you with screen shots of my calendar and show you how I break everything down.

Once you get the hang of it, you can tailor it and make it work for you.

I've tried fancy apps and fancy excel sheets but I could never keep up with them.

[–]imtheoneimmortal-1 points0 points  (1 child) | Copy

Like today i spent 3€ to buy milk and he colors red

[–]so_XL0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–]Locogooner-2 points-1 points  (0 children) | Copy

If you're from the UK - get EMMA.

It's a bank account tracking app that literally tracks all your spending.

You can log in exactly where you're spending money and where money is coming from.

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