You never really know how much you rely on your phone until you break it. My iPhone 5S took a swim in a (toilet) bowl of water over the weekend, and though I try not to be one of those people chained to a tech device, I realized that my phone holds way more use than I even imagined.
After they pronounced the water damage to be fatal, I was in the process of loading up the new phone with all my must-have apps and thought I would share those that I've been using the most lately (besides the obvious apps we all use, or the ones I've already written about like Evernote or the apps I use to edit phone photos).
I heard about Trip It from my friend Kristen, a friend who also travels a lot. I've made an effort to slow our family's travel pace, but we're still on an airplane at least once a month. Trip It is an app that keeps all your travel information in one easy place. I open it to see upcoming trips and there are all my confirmation numbers and addresses. All you do is forward your confirmation emails and it puts it all together for you. It will even put the directions from one place to another right in your itinerary. Genius! And it's free.
My husband actually got me started on Whirly Word. I've never been too into games on the phone, but he plays them quite a bit. (And a therapist recently told me that it can be a good way to rest the mind, calm anxiety or just re-route your thoughts. So they're not all a waste of time!) I do play solitaire on my phone sometimes when I'm listening to podcasts or something, but that can get a bit stale.
Whirly Word takes a little bit more concentration, but I like the challenge at something like this. The concept is simple, you just make as many words as you can from the letters provided.
If you didn't already know, facebook put out a groups app that is so convenient. I'm in several facebook groups that are the most important part of my social media interaction. If I don't want to get sucked into regular facebook (especially on days when current events make social media a terrible place to be), the groups app is a life-saver. I can check in on my groups quickly and don't lose the time or brain space to mindlessly scrolling.
And speaking of time...This is an app I use on my laptop and not my phone, but it's great. It gives me a summary each Sunday of how I spent my time on the computer. So I can see that I am spending WAY too much time shopping online, for example, or that the reason I'm so behind on email is that I only spent 32 minutes on it the whole week.
You can set goals for how you spend your time and it reports back. I had a couple of people say they didn't like Rescue Time, that it stressed them out for one reason or another, but I've really liked it. Once a week is a good amount of "check-in" with myself, and the information is presented in a way that doesn't make me feel emotional about it one way or another.
Habit List is an app I haven't used, but it comes highly recommended by a friend. I checked it out and think it could be a really good way to keep track of things I'm trying to be mindful of during the day.
What are your most used apps on your phone? Share why you love it in the comments!