Today almost everyone has a smartphone, whether it be an iPhone, Android, Blackberry or some other obscure brand. We use them to stay on top of the latest news, to stay up to date on social media, and for pure entertainment. By harnessing the power of the many free apps there are to offer, we can make our smartphones work for us and help us beat the “productivity paradox“. There are apps for everything, from loosing weight, to making money but the following apps help you get more out of your day by tackling the busiest parts, and making life simple.

Google Keep

This app does everything. Well, almost everything. This Evernote alternative syncs everything from your Google account, including Google Drive information. The interface is very user friendly, with notecards on the screen that help you track everything that is going on. With Google Keep you can keep track of your thoughts via notes, lists and photos, have voice notes transcribed automatically, use homescreen widgets to capture thoughts quickly Color-code your notes to help find them later, archive things you no longer need,  and turn a note into a checklist by adding checkboxes. This is the ultimate productivity app for those who have Google accounts. This is available only on the Google Play Store.

The app acts as a personal accountant, bringing your finances to the tips of your fingers. It compiles balances, transaction history, and other financial information from all of your accounts and organizes it all into one place. This money wizard also suggests ways for you to save money and it sends you automatic alerts through text or email. Don’t be concerned about security, uses 128-bit SSL encryption and all data is protected and validated by VeriSign and TRUSTe. This is available on the Google Play Store, and the Apple app store.


Waze is like Facebook, for GPS. This community based traffic app allows you to connect to other drivers in your area who share real-time traffic and road info, saving everyone time and gas money on their daily commute. This is available on the Google Play Store, and the Apple app store.


TinyScan is the perfect app If you ever find yourself without access to normal office equipment, whether you’re working from home or on a business trip. It turns your smartphone camera into a scanner so you can scan multi-page documents, receipts, whiteboards, and much more. You could even used it to save that newspaper article you were reading on the train. The scanner lets you crop the frame, adjust the coloring, and rotate images. Once your papers or notes are stored in the app, you can print or email them as PDF or JPEG files. This app is only available for iPhones, but Android has its own version.


Quora is like Wikipedia’s big brother. His big brother that is better than him in everything. If you ever find yourself with pressing questions that just need to be answered, Quora is your app. The app allows you to ask questions that are answered in real time by experts in each field. According to the app’s website “Quora is your best source of knowledge. Ask any question, get real answers from people with first hand experience, and blog about what you know.” This is an app that you want to keep handy. It is available for Androids and iPhones.

The Weather Channel

This pretty much explains itself. I know that i have been caught many times in New York City rain, and I have had to haul my rain-drenched self onto a train with other people who suffered the same plight I have. The Weather Channel app tells you the forecast, plain and simple, so you can arm yourself with what you nee. Which in my case, is an umbrella. It is available for Androids, iPhones, Blackberries, Windows phones and on most tablets.

Gas Buddy

This app helps you locate the cheapest places to buy gas, which can be a godsend with gas prices rising. It works like a social network also, letting you report low prices, and get points for them. Its a win-win situation! It is available for Androids, iPhones, Blackberries and Windows phones.

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This is the ultimate planner and shopping app. If you are like me, then you never know what to wear because you can’t remember what’s in your wardrobe. Stylish Girl can help with that. It helps shave off a lot of time from my morning routine. You load it with what you already own and you can mix and match to your satisfaction. It is available for Androids and iPhones,


The Manilla app is my favorite. It allows you to use one password to access all of the accounts you have in your life. No more having to remember passwords with 6 characters and a number in them!  Whether it’s a social networking site, a magazine subscription or your bank account, you can use Manilla to centralize all of the important accounts you use on a daily basis. The app is free, but it also allows you unlimited storage, so you can link up as many accounts as you like. It is available on the Play store, the App store and the Kindle App store.


BrightNest, is the perfect app for busy moms or caretakers. It  allows you to use your smartphone to organize every aspect of your home. the app can build a schedule (such as a roster for cleaning and washing up duty), remind you of tasks that you need to get done as well as suggest apps to help you to organize your schedule. The app is only available on iPhones for now but its so worth it. There you have it! 10 apps that will help you take control of your life and make the best of your day.

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