Organising a family, work commitments, finances and a social life can become a massive source of stress, so anything that makes life a little easier is a winner for us. Tech is definitely the way to go when getting your life in order and there really is an app for everything, so we’ve found the best ones to help you stay organised and productive.
One of the most popular organisation apps is Wunderlist, and it’s easy to see why. Simple but sleek deign, easy to use and gets the whole family involved. This will become your hub of organisation as you can create lists for anything and everything, then share them so everyone can see what household tasks need done or what food needs bought. Access your lists on any device including your laptop so you always have the information at hand and set reminders for the most important tasks. It gets addictive and your whole life will be more organised than ever before.
If you need help sorting out a budget Toshl is a brilliant app to see what you’re spending money on, keep track of your bills, set reminders and view a range of graphs detailing your spending habits. You could be surprised to find out how much your morning takeaway coffee adds up to so brewing your own at home could save you a decent amount of cash. The app even offers financial advice by suggesting areas to cut spending and smart ways to save your money, so it’s never been easier to get your finances back on track and ease the stress of money worries.
Holiday planning can be majorly stressful, especially with a whole family to organise. This app can store all the details you need and become a one-stop shop for accessing important information. Flight details, hotel addresses, maps and top attractions can be stored right on your phone so you never again have to worry about fumbling around a huge pile of paper for the one thing you need. It also lets you create itineraries to make the most of your trip as well as packing lists to ensure you have a clear idea of what you need to take.
This is a recipe managing app which helps you shop smarter and save money in the process. Save recipes from the internet or input your own, then build a meal plan for the week and Paprika will create a shopping list of exactly what you need. This stops you from buying random items on the weekly shop and makes it easier to stick to healthier recipes when you know exactly what you need and buy all the ingredients ahead of time. Much easier than searching online and saving recipes in various places, having everything together provides a comprehensive overview of your week and stops the nightly debates about what to eat as it’s all planned in advance.
Struggling to fit everything into your day? Wondering where all your time is going? aTimeLogger allows you to track how long you spend doing different activities and you could be surprised when you see the results. Maybe you spend a lot longer than you thought watching TV or a huge chunk of your week is eaten up by Facebook, visualising it on a graph will help you see your biggest time wasters. You can also set goals like increasing your time spent with family or reducing time on the internet to help you find balance in your life and spend more time on the things that matter most to you.
The amount of information you’re bombarded with when you have baby can be overwhelming, but doctors’ appointments, jag dates and milestones can all be kept in one place with this handy app. You can even log sleeping and feeding schedules to create an overview of your baby’s health and habits, then share information between parents or carers so everyone is up to date. You can compare two days to see changes in your baby’s routine and get charts showing how they are progressing. Parenting is stressful enough without having to organise a huge stack of information, so you’ll thank yourself when all you have to do is open an app to get access to everything you need.