I have been a bit skeptical of new apps that promise to make your life easier. I don’t know, I guess I just feel like learning how to use a new app and then having to find it on my phone whenever I need it just sounds like a lot of work. But I’m coming around to appreciate (even LOVE) certain apps because they really do simplify things.
I’ve started using a few apps that I love enough to recommend to other people. These can apply to your work or your personal life and can make so many tasks easier, from taking notes in a meeting to managing a multi-step project to grocery shopping.
Here are some of the best apps I’ve found for simple + natural living.
This is one of my top two faves. And it took me FOREVER to actually buy into the whole idea of Evernote. I’ve always been the type to carry a notebook in my purse for jotting down notes, but Evernote lets you do that and so much more all in an interface you can access anywhere (you can even download a desktop version that syncs with the web and app versions).
I use Evernote mostly for brainstorming. I have notes for project ideas, gift ideas, things I want to do around the house, ideas for the blog (posts, website design, newsletter, products, etc.), I use it to take notes during workshops, seminars, eCourses, etc., and I also use it for some basic information keeping.
Trello is my other fave. I’m fairly new to Trello, but I’m obsessed. It is the list-makers DREAM. When you check out the website, it appears to be marketed toward project management among teams, but it can be used for so much more.
I use Trello for making simple lists and for managing my own projects. For the blog, for example, I have a list for post ideas where I’ve got a card for each category. On each card, I list my post ideas. When I’m ready to expand on that general idea, I switch over to Evernote and use free writing to brainstorm. There are so many other ways you can use Trello, it’s truly awesome.
This is an app by Environmental Working Group that I always recommend to friends who are just learning about dangerous ingredients in personal care products. I’ve been learning about this topic for years and I still use this app any time I am considering a new product.
The Skin Deep database is a tool created by EWG that scores personal care products on their safety. The app allows you to scan the barcode of a product and see its score.
Another great one for natural-living-beginners. This is another database that gives scores indicating safety, but this time the product is seafood. The app scores seafood based on how healthy the fish’s population is, the environmental impacts of fishing/farming that particular fish, and the level of contaminants. And again, I still use it regularly because I just can’t remember which fish are safe to eat beyond wild caught Alaskan salmon.
This is another app by EWG. Like the SkinDeep app, this one scores products based a set criteria. Food Scores rates food items based on nutrition concerns, ingredient concerns, and processing concerns. This is super helpful at the grocery store because you can scan the barcode and get info immediately!
It can also help you determine which foods best align with your top priority concerns. If you are most concerned with getting the best nutritional bang for your buck, this app can help you. Or if you want to be sure your foods are being processed responsibly, this app can help you with that too.
Both of these apps allow you to store all of your membership, rewards, and loyalty cards in your phone. So you can get rid of those little tags hanging off your key ring and you don’t have to search your wallet when you get to the register!
This app stops all the annoying junk mail. All you have to do is snap a picture of the piece of mail and PaperKarma will automatically contact the mailer and have you removed from their mailing list. So easy!
This is another list-making app. It’s different than Trello, though, in that it is geared more toward quick checklists, like a grocery list, a to-do list, or a list of errands you need to run. You can even set up reminders, so you really will remember to pick up the milk on your way home.
What are your favorite apps that help you with simple and natural living? Share in the comments!