From home to work to grocery shopping, there’s plenty of areas of our life that could use a little more organization. When life piles up, organizing files, making dinner and remembering your email password may seem trivial, but when they’re not taken care of, it can drive you crazy. Lucky for us, technology has come a long way and now we have handy organization tools right at our fingertips. Apps can entertain and educate us, and now they can help us take control and man the reins of our chaotic lives. There’s a few apps out there specifically designed to organize and simplify your life:
Never lose another bright idea again with this handy app. From pictures to screen shots to music to texts, if you can see or hear it, Evernote can store it. Evernote takes in what you upload and makes it searchable and taggable so its easy to find later. You can organize business cards by taking their pictures or recipes by snapping a screenshot and make them completely searchable right on your phone or tablet. Create your christmas wish list and send it to Mom or make notes for your presentation later this week- Evernote has all your scribbled post-its all in one place.
Scribbling your grocery lists has never been easier now that there’s Grocery IQ. Type, speak or scan items onto your grocery list with this app and it automatically categorizes them for you. You’ll also be alerted to coupons available for items on your list and prompted to email them to yourself or print them from a wireless printer nearby. Simply check off items as you walk through the grocery store with a tap of your finger. Items are moved to them bottom and are capable of being copied to a new list when you’re ready to shop again. Just remember to bring along your phone to the grocery store, and you’ll never forget the milk again.
Got a ton of reward cards? If you’re the kind of person who does a lot of shopping and loves a deal, your wallet is probably packed with rewards cards from your favorite companies. You can now keep track of all of them on your phone with Key Ring. Scan your phone in store instead of carrying around all your cards and keep track of your points and rewards. Even if you don’t stock up on reward cards, you can put your Starbucks card on here for easy scanning in the mornings.
Someone borrowed your laptop and logged you out of Facebook? Twitter? Your email? No worries, with LastPass all your passwords are stored in one convenient place. Never reset a password again or worry about being logged out. As passwords need more and more characters (capitals, symbols, 12-1000 characters, you get the picture) out old passwords aren’t cutting it and we’ve only got room to remember so many. LastPass has an all-inclusive storage space (that’s password protected, ironically, but, hey, it’s the only one you’ll need to remember from now on) and can automatically sync to Mac, Windows and a variety of other computers and devices.
Planning weekly meals and remembering to grab ingredients on the way home has become a hassle, but BigOven makes it easy. With an emphasis on basic, easy-to-cook meals, BigOven lets you browse a wide variety of recipes and drag and drop them onto a weekly calendar for meal plans. Update to the $15 a year version and it’ll automatically add ingredients to your grocery list for you. BigOven also makes it easy to share your favorite recipes via email, Facebook, or Twitter and allows you to scan in written recipes, a major timesaver. Say goodbye to cookbooks!
Whether you need help in the kitchen or the office, there’s an app out there for you. Browse the ones we’ve listed above to find your perfect app to organize your life.
Matt Kyle is the founder of the Kyle Law Firm in New Braunfels, Texas. Always interested in being more efficient, Mr. Kyle likes to try new apps to make his life easier.