Reboot Your Life: 18 Free Apps That Make Life Easier
Goal: Get Your Life in Order
Overwhelmed with all you have to do? Take the crazy out of your crazy-busy schedule.
Cut down on paperwork with...Evernote (available for iPhone and Android phones, evernote.com)
No more searching for a Post-it note or hunting down a favorite website. This app is your digital filing cabinet: Store personal notes, save Web pages for future reference, take and store photos, scan receipts and bills, and log important work documents. Plus your computer and other devices constantly sync up with Evernote, so all of your important info is where you need it.
Tackle to-dos with...Remember the Milk (available for iPhone and Android phones, rememberthemilk.com)
This hyperorganized app can tame even the most insane schedule. Categorize your tasks by priority (bills that are due), day of the week (errands you have to run for your Saturday dinner party), and type (home, work, or personal responsibilities). You can also look up errands by location: If you're in a neighborhood with time to kill, knock out a to-do list that's scheduled for next week. Plus, share that "honey-do" list with your husband so he remembers the milk.
Stay on schedule with...Mynd Calendar (iTunes, myndcalendar.com)
Sure, your phone has a calendar, but this upgrade is worth the download, if only for the cool infograph-like home screen that shows at a glance everything that's on your plate for the day. Besides standard details like time, location, and upcoming special occasions (your anniversary), listings include images of the coworkers or friends you're meeting with (the app syncs to their LinkedIn accounts) as well as current weather info and pertinent Evernote attachments (for instance, the PowerPoint presentation for that afternoon meeting). There's even an automatic reminder for your next appointment, alerting you when to leave based on current traffic conditions.
Clean up your news feed with...Cloze (iTunes, cloze.com)
Love the BuzzFeed links your roommate tweets and New Yorker essays your colleague shares but hate the clutter of random photos and updates that also appear in your news feeds? Tell Cloze whom you really want to keep up with and the app, like a personal editor, will sift through friends' tweets, e-mails, Facebook posts, and other bits of communication. If someone tweets three times, posts on Facebook twice, and shares an article on LinkedIn all in a single day, you can see the activity in one shot on Cloze. Now you can get closer to the people that matter the most to you.
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