Life can be hard to manage at times. It’s funny to think back when you were a teenager and thought you were so busy and had loads of stress. As an adult you can now see that those were the easy years… managing your life becomes much more of a challenge as you grow older and take on more responsibility in life. Some of us have kids, a job (or two), a house to keep up, and family stuff to manage. Without adding in any time for relaxation, you can see how busy life can get for most of us. Even if you don’t have kids, maybe just having a demanding job can make it difficult to manage life. The nice thing about being alive today, is that we have so many tools at our disposal to help make things easier.
Apps to Manage Life
Technology being what it is, gives us so many avenues to take should we need a little help managing things. Here is a list of the best apps to help you manage your life better. Put these apps to work and let them take some anxiety off your shoulders.
One of my favorite time management apps, Toggl will help you keep track of everything you need to work on. If you are a consultant or work on time-based projects, utilizing Toggl will get you organized and make filling out your timesheet a piece of cake. Toggl has a website you can log into, or if you prefer to manage it via your mobile device, you do so through their app. You can name a task you are working on and then click the Toggl timer button, and it will record your time worked. When you are done with that task, click the button again to stop it. You can start or stop the task as many times as needed throughout the day/week. Best of all, it’s free.
While to do lists can be helpful, at the same time they can be dreadful. However, they don’t have to be. With the app Todoist, you can create dynamic to do lists that let you check things off on the fly, update items remotely, and even share your to do list for others to add/manage items (honey-do list on overdrive!). Todoist is a free download for Android and iOS devices. This app will not only help you keep track of your to do list, but it will also lets you set location based reminders, track your progress on tasks, and collaborate with others should you share a common to do item.
If there is one app on this list that everyone should have, it is Freedom. Freedom is an intuitive app that allows you to select different apps and time wasting websites that get in your way of productivity and kill your focus. In fact, Freedom is capable of blocking access to the web entirely (win!). If you have a difficult time staying on track and focused while working, download and configure Freedom to block all of the time wasting, focus killing apps/games that you struggle with (you know which ones). This app will help you increase productivity and give your brain a small dopamine detox, which we all need from time to time!
Building habits is such a hard thing to do… or is it? It is actually super easy to build a habit, we build habits all the time, the habits that are hard to build are the good habits. Do you have to remember to brush your teeth (hopefully not!)? No, it is a habit you built… you wake up, and brush your teeth – you don’t have to think about it. However, for most of us, building good habits is a challenge. Habitica will help you manage building good habits in your life. Habitica employs gamification that allows you to create habits you want to build and then tracks your progress. As you succeed, you get to level up! If you have a hard time building habits, check out Habitica and have fun with it.
Find What Works for You
These apps are all great examples of ways to manage what’s going on in your life. There are also calendar apps out there that go above and beyond our device’s native calendars. Find what works for you and then get good at it. Life will be much easier to manage, and you will be happier.