One thing I’ve started working on lately is reducing my social media consumption. Some platforms are OK, but others have gotten to be so overwhelming or negative that I’ve had to start stepping away. I have a tendency to get sucked into a feed, and before I know it, an hour has gone by, or I’ve been awake for 40 minutes and I’m still under the covers, having accomplished nothing.
As it turns out, there are a lot of other awesome things our phones can do besides scroll Facebook and Twitter! Today I wanted to share the 5 iPhone Apps that I use every day, that aren’t social media.
I’m new to meditating. I began using Calm as part of my Miracle Morning routine, rather than sitting in unguided silence. I was hoping that actual meditation would help relieve some of my generalized anxiety and make flying easier. This app has made mediating much less intimidating! I’m still able to make use of the free sessions for now. I’m going to try Headspace as well before I make a decision whether or not to sign up for premium. But so far, I’m loving Calm!
OK. This is a little embarrassing. But around the fall I was super stressed at work and in my personal life. One day, I searched the app store for highly reviewed games and downloaded like five of them. Most were duds. However, Township tells me that I’ve opened it every single day for over 100 days. That’s ridiculous. But the game is SO FUN!
It’s like a combination of Farmville and Sim City Build It. You have a town with farms, houses, grocery stores and livestock. There are several different challenges to meet each week, and there’s a social aspect if you join a “co-op.” I don’t think I’ve ever played a mobile game for as long as I’ve played Township! If you’re looking for a silly game to distract you for a few minutes, check it out.
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I’ve been a Podcast fanatic for a few years now. I wrote earlier this week about the top five new to me podcasts that I think you’ll love! I’ve been thinking about switching to a different app to listen to them. The apple app doesn’t do playlists well. You can add episodes to “up next,” but I’ve noticed that it doesn’t reliably remember the order. Every so often I google tips on which apps are best for Podcasts, but I’ve yet to bite the bullet and make the switch.
Do you have any suggestions? For now, I’ll stick with the app that comes with all of our iPhones to feed my podcast addiction!
I listen to Spotify basically all day at work, unless someone comes in and has questions or wants to discuss something. J bought me an awesome speaker for my desk for Christmas, which has made listening to music at work even better! I love that you can play your own playlists, listen to a genre’s radio, a radio based on a certain artist, and even a radio based on a certain song. Because I have the paid version, I can also download music to listen to when I’m offline, like if we’re camping or on a plane.
I keep track of almost everything in Mint. It’s where I go to make sure that I’m not overspending in my checking account, all of my bills are paid and watch for my snowball payments to clear. It’s also the only way I check on my IRAs. I get the statements in the mail, but I don’t look too closely at them. Mint tells me with the click of a button how they have gone up or down overnight! It’s addicting to watch and I feel so much more in line with my goals when I can see my net income right at the top of the screen. It’s easy to decide I don’t need to buy a new car when I see the positive value of my current car, and the negative value of my student loans all at the same time!
I know there are some other financial apps out there, but Mint has been so seamless that I couldn’t imagine using anything else!
What are your top non-social-media apps?? Why do you like them so much?