As the New Year approaches, I thought it would be fun to create a list of apps we all should adopt in 2017 to better ourselves and our productivity. All apps named are free and available for iPhones and Androids to some capacity.
Spotify, a music streaming app, is personally my favorite app, and that’s why starting off our list is. It offers millions of songs by a myriad of artists in every genus you can think of including stand-up comedy. Spotify gives you the option of having a free account or a premium account to stream music with, the only differences being a. the free account has occasional ads and b. the premium account allows you to download songs for when you’re listening offline. Overall, Spotify is a great place to be when streaming music, you can create your own playlists or follow others. On the browse page, you can view viral songs in your country, the top 50 songs globally, or this week’s new releases.
My second favorite is Mint from Intuit, it’s a finance app that allows you to create budgets, check your credit, and set financial goals all at the push of a button. It’s easily comprehensible with a user-friendly interface. The feature I love the most is that Mint will even send you alerts when your account is below the minimum amount you’ve set up through the app. It’s the perfect app for current college students or recent grads who are looking to get a better hold of their finances.
Is the latest in digital wallet tech, it’s a money-sending app that takes all the hassle out of splitting a bill and can send the desired funds to the recipient instantaneously. Venmo is different than what’s already on the market because it allows you to send messages to those you are sending funds to even if just to say “suh dude, how’s it hangin?” and allows you to make debit transactions completely free, the company waives the fee!
4. NPR One
A new product from the widely popular news source, NPR. The NPR one app allows users to experience news and music they know and love from NPR on the go. Great for commutes taken where there is either no radio or trips where you have no control over what’s being broadcast. You can simply open the app, put on your headphones, and enjoy your favorite NPR programs such as Planet Money.
Nuzzel is what we’ve all been waiting for, an app that centralizes the chaotic newsfeed of our Twitter account into an atheistically pleasing list of posts we’re actually interested in from the accounts our follow. Invest in it, it’s been one to watch all year.
SWORKIT is hands down my go to fitness app, the workouts in its archive can be performed anywhere. It offers exercises in strength training, stretching, cardio, Pilates, and yoga that you complete by watching videos that are led by real trainers. The videos offer verbal instructions and cues as well, which is super inclusive and awesome because you can’t always see the screen while doing all the different activities in your workout and it’s usually important to stay on cue. You can choose the length of the workout each time, causing SWORKIT to perfectly fit into your schedule each day. It also syncs directly to Google Fit and MyFitnessPal.
7. NYT Cooking
The New York Times cooking section has just uploaded to the palm of your hands. Not only does NYT Cooking allow you to view decades of archived recipes from The New York Times’ food section, you’re able to save recipes from all over the web to the app in your recipe box. The app is optimized for mobile, tablet, and desk top; and is integrated with Evernote, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Bonus points to NYT Cooking for not letting your device go to into sleep mode while you’re cooking.
If you’re like me and like to keep pace with the music you’re listening to, Runkeeper is the app for you. Runkeeper connects to Spotify and selects songs to play based off your current pace. In addition to that rockin’ feature, the app also offers audio cues, progress reports, route tracking, motivational challenges, workout comparisons, and prescribed workouts; it even shows you the weather forecasts!
Do you know of any productivity apps or apps that can help with personal development I didn't list but you think should have been on here? What apps did you fall in love with in 2016? Let me know you're thoughts in the comments below.