Dee and I have Android Smartphones (that he always gets for free or almost free) and use them for so much. One of the huge advantages to Android phones are their huge selection of free apps. I don’t have tons of apps and I have only paid for two of them. I have to feel like they’re super beneficial and will get used often for me to pay for them. Here are my favorite apps that help keep me on track, organized, and a little more efficient.
Chore Checklist - This is a great tool for setting up daily cleaning routines, like Michelle wrote about recently. You can create morning, afternoon and evening routines and add different tasks in them to be repeated daily, weekly, biweekly, etc. You can also set alarms to go off at different times of the day to check off what has been completed. This is more helpful to me than a paper copy because I always know where it is and I can edit it easily. It has been so helpful to me in keeping up with my cleaning tasks.
WWDiary - I believe in and have benefited from the Weight Watchers program over the years. After I learned the program and felt like I could implement it, I looked for a free app so I could always have the ability to track my eating. WWDiary is the best thing out there beside the online Weight Watchers program itself and it’s free. You can calculate points, keep your food journal with points, insert activity points, and keep a progress chart on your weight. It also has the ability to calculate the old points or the new Points Plus.
Dotti - This is a Weight Watchers app as well. Standard food lists aren’t hard to come by, but one of the more challenging things in trying to lose weight is going out to eat. Dotti’s app lists hundreds of restaurants along with their menus and the corresponding points values. It is super helpful!
Alarm Clock Extreme - I have a really hard time getting up in the mornings as I’ve mentioned before. This app, of course, has the standard alarm clock functions, but it also lets you choose sounds, songs from your playlist or any recorded sound to act as the alarm sound. I have used my favorite songs, but currently I have a recorded sound of my son laughing. Silas has the deepest belly laugh you’ve ever heard and I don’t just go back to sleep or ignore it when I hear it. It makes me smile. This app also lets you choose different options for the snooze button which is my biggest challenge. I currently have it set to “Solve Math Problems” as the snooze button. I have to plug in the correct answer to simple math equations to hit snooze. It really wakes me up!
WordPress - This is just a basic blogging app that lets me write posts on the go. I’m using it more and more and it really helps me to use my time efficiently if I’m in a waiting room somewhere or riding in the car for a longer time.
What are your favorite apps? I would love to get some ideas for good educational apps for kids.