I have always loved organization. Even as a kid in the 90s my trapper keeper held extravagant labels and color-coded pens for each subject. (Anyone else out there a little OCD?)
Technology has grown leaps and bounds since then, and Xennials like me have replaced many of their paper planners with digital data. Not only does this save space from using physical notes but it also helps break down different goals into more specialized forms of organization.
No matter what goals you have for 2020, there are plenty of FREE apps available to help you succeed. Here are a few of my favorites:
This app is great for anyone wanting to read or study the Bible. I love that it includes numerous translations and several languages. You can also listen to the Bible in audio, making it perfect for commuters.
I have used this app for years but found a new appreciation for it last year when I read through the Bible. I used the daily reading tool and chose the chronological option. Best of all, it plans out your reading for a year so that each day you get the right amount of verses to read to stay on track.
While I still love holding a physical book in my hands, this app has upped my reading tremendously. I can buy an ebook on Amazon and have it downloaded straight to this app.
Perfect for avid readers it’s a great way to store favorite books on a single device. It’s also great for studying, as you can use highlight features. That makes how-to books and topical studies even more helpful.
For instance, as a writer, when I read in my genre, I highlight different writing elements to better my own techniques. And yes, I use color-coded highlights for various aspects of writing (i.e. description, dialogue, etc.).
Although there are versions of this app that cost something, the free version does all the basics. Great for anyone wanting to log food and exercise, this app allows you to do just that. Best of all, there’s a huge database of basic foods and popular restaurant choices with the information already broken down.
You can also keep track of weight loss as well as exercise, including how far you run or walk.
I quit the gym about a year ago to give me more time for other parts of my life. Having previously taught classes myself, I find it easy to workout at home. However, not everyone knows hundreds of exercises or feels motivated to do them alone. I also like a little push or challenge myself.
Workout for Women is a free fitness app that offers exercises and routines for all body parts. Best of all, no equipment is required. Even though it’s targeted to women, men will find the HIIT-type workouts great too. Workouts range from 7 minutes all the way to half an hour and show examples of each exercise, making this app perfect for exercising at home and on the road.
Anyone who follows Dave Ramsey or his daughter Rachel Cruze is sure to know about EveryDollar. In a nutshell, it’s a budgeting app and the Ramsey folks endorse it as the number one tool to help get people out of debt.
But even for those who roll eyes at the Ramseys, EveryDollar is simply a great tool to manage spending. The free version lets you add numerous line items in categories like housing, food and lifestyle. You can add your income and assign each penny a place to go. This helps show where money goes and where it should go as well as encourages you to set savings goals.
Couponing is something I like but not a passion. I don’t have the time or desire to buy 800 bottles of ketchup so that I can brag about getting it for a dime on the dollar. But I do know food is my family’s biggest expense.
A few months ago, I looked into online couponing apps to make the process easier. My favorite so far is Ibotta. It does require you to upload a receipt to verify purchases, but the benefits far outweigh that.
Ibotta offers cash back on many items in common stores as well as percentages at some retail stores and restaurants. Some retailers also let you go through Ibotta online or pay using it in the store to get even more money back. Even better, once you earn a balance of $20, you can transfer it to PayPal.
No matter how many goals you might have for the year, there’s bound to be a few hundred pins for each one. Whether it’s for recipes, home projects or workouts I want to try, it seems like Pinterest has it all.
I have boards for different types of ideas, some public and some hidden. The hidden boards I use as a form of organizing my thoughts. I have made boards with party and gift ideas for family and friends as well as traits for characters in my writing.
Pinterest can be quite motivating, even if you feel motivated to do nothing more than collect more pins on your boards.
This app is for anyone wanting to get more organized. It features a calendar, lists and recipes. Some upgrades cost more, such as viewing the calendar by month rather than by week. But a lot of essentials come free.
What I like best is that you set up your family unit to help assign appointments and tasks. I put my husband, my two kids and myself all in the family set-up with a different color code for each of us. Then, when I add something in the calendar, I can choose who in the family has to go. This really helps with knowing which parent has to go where and with keeping doctors’ appointments and haircuts straight.
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