Get App-Y!

I realize I’m hardly the tech-iest person around, but I try to keep up with what works and what doesn’t for my life – including things that save me time, money, or sanity! I was asked to do a presentation a few years ago on my favorite apps and productivity tools, and I thought maybe I’d share just a few from that (lengthy!) presentation. If you find something helpful, let me know!


Evernote (Web or App) lets you create notes of any length, scan, clip from the web, add photos, take pictures of business cards and much more and keep everything in one place. You can create notebooks and tags to organize projects, and use the search to find saved information quickly. There are a MULTITUDE of ways to use Evernote and I would be LOST without it!

Unroll.Me (Web) lets you unsubscribe from unwanted email subscriptions, discover new ones, and organize them all in one place – including “rolling up” several into one digest. I never knew how many things I’d been involuntarily subscribed to until I used this!

Canva (Web or App) is a free graphic-design website with an easy interface and lots of pre-made designs to customize. Can be used for both web and print media design and graphics. I use Canva almost DAILY for social media posts for sites I run, the make birthday cards, flyers for work, everything!

Acorns (App) is an investing app that encourages you to invest your spare change through “round ups” (i.e. something cost $3.86, “round up” and invest the other 14 cents), but gives you control on what you “round up” and which accounts you link. I just make weekly transfers on autopilot, and it’s so fun to see how the market goes up (not so much fun when down) and to know I’ve got a little fund set aside, just in case!

Star Walk (App) lets you hold your device towards the sky and will show you the stars and constellations (and the ISS, etc.). As you move your device, the star map updates, so you know exactly what you’re looking at. The coolest thing for exploring the night sky!

Serial Reader (App) is an app that delivers classic literature to your phone in daily snippets that can be read in 20 minutes or less. All titles are public domain, so while you can’t get Harry Potter or James Patterson, it’s a good way to bite-size read your way through the classics you’ve always wanted to read!

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