5 Apps I Can’t Live Without

Heads up - this isn’t going to be your typical “favorite apps” blog roundup that dishes on all of the best tools to improve your social media standing or how to be more efficient with the hours in your day. As a freelance writer and entrepreneur, I believe in a work-life blend. So, this is just a quick intro to some of my favorite apps that I use on the regular. Some are business-focused, most are personal. Here’s what I’m loving right now:

Insight Timer: This free meditation app breaks down guided meditations by topic, focus and even length of time (I average in the 0- to 5-minute realm most days), and tracks how many days you’ve meditated in a given week. You can search by your favorite instructors and upgrade your account for access to online courses. I listen to “Guided Meditation for Deep Sleep” by Cory Cochiolo anytime I need a midday rest (which is often).

Mile IQ: Tracking my mileage used to be the bane of my existence, but it’s so much easier with Mile IQ. (Disregard the fact that it’s a Microsoft app 😉.) It has functionality that allows for automatic tracking every time you take a ride, but that creeps me out so I enter my mileage manually. Even still, the app is incredibly easy to use and I just downloaded a 2018 year-end report for my taxes in seconds.

Cladwell: If anyone reading this is old enough to remember the movie Clueless, this app is basically a pocket-sized version of Cher Horowitz’s closet computer. After you input your clothes and shoes, Cladwell will automatically suggest an outfit to wear based on your local weather. It even shows you which items you wear least and most often, so you know what to get rid of. I try to live a minimalist lifestyle and so I love Cladwell for that reason, and also because it helps me maximize my existing wardrobe.

Clue: On the super personal front, Clue is my favorite app for tracking my monthly cycle. It’s visual and intuitive, and makes filling out doctor forms so much easier (ha!). I know what you’re thinking - the woman who is creeped out by auto-tracking of her car mileage is A-OK with inputting personal health data into the cloud? Yes. The answer is yes. Let’s move on.

Moon Phase: In my previous blog post, I mentioned how last year I set an intention to live and work more in-tune with the natural seasons. Part of doing so involves tracking the lunar cycles and planning my monthly work calendar around moon phases. (Long story short, the moon has a close tie to our natural energy levels, making certain times of the month better for particular tasks and projects.) I realize that might sound a little “woo” to some of you, but the other benefit to the Moon Phase app is that it tells you what times of day are best for photos, and sometimes it’s just fun to track the moon cycles - like during full moons, eclipses and super moons.

How about you? What are some of your favorite personal and professional apps? Share them with our community in the comments below!

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Katarina is the owner of Redefined Communications, and founder and editor of RUBY Media. She is a girl’s girl, traveler, wife and mama trying her best to navigate this crazy world with a little bit of grit, and a whole lot of humor and grace. Follow her on Instagram.