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11 Apps That Will Change Your Life

05/14/2014

in Productivity

One of the best things about running a blog of over 30,000 subscribers is that when I introduce my readers to new concepts, there’s are literally HUNDREDS of people who will hear about it for the first time.

That makes me feel great.

Today, I want to show you 11 apps that I use (and love).

They’ll help you to get in better shape, streamline your life and have more fun with your phone.

Leave a comment if you’ve tried any of these — or if you have any suggestions for other awesome apps that I didn’t mention.

1.) Stronglifts

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Description from the developer:

A simple workout to get stronger. Three exercises, three times a week, 45 minutes per workout. Thousands of guys worldwide have used this StrongLifts 5×5 workout to get stronger, build muscle or lose weight.

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2.) Pact

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Description from the developer:

Pact is the most effective way to finally keep your healthy resolutions this year. Earn cash for living healthy, paid by members who don’t.

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3.) Lift

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Description from the developer:

Lift provides personal coaching for any goal by giving you daily motivation, expert instruction, reminders, and celebrations.

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4.) Snapchat

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Description from the developer:

Enjoy fast and fun mobile conversation! Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend. They’ll view it, laugh, and then the Snap disappears from the screen – unless they take a screenshot!

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5.) If This Then That (IFTTT)

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Description from the developer:

Put the internet to work for you with automation.

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6.) DropVox

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Description from the developer:

DropVox records audio and sends it directly to your Dropbox account in quality M4A format.

Use DropVox to capture your spoken ideas, reminders, and more. Later, you can listen to your recordings on your desktop computer using QuickTime or iTunes, or on your iOS device using Dropbox’s own app.

Download on:

  • iOS
  • DropVox is not currently available on Android

7.) Nearest Burrito

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Description from the developer:

Want a burrito? Nearest Burrito shows you the closest place you can chow down on burrito goodness. Our mission is simple – we want you to be able to find a burrito – anytime, anywhere.

PS – This is my app, made with the help of Alessandra :)

Download on:

  • iOS
  • Nearest Burrito is not currently available on Android

8.) Beeminder

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Description from the developer:

Beeminder is goal-tracking with teeth. We plot your progress on a yellow brick road to your goal and if you go off track we take your money.

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9.) 5 Min Journal

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Description from the developer:

The Five Minute Journal is the simplest, most effective way to be happier in 5 minutes a day. Built on proven principles of positive psychology and backed by scientists and real-world results, you’ll find the app beautifully designed and intuitive to use.

Download on:

  • iOS
  • 5 Min Journal is not currently available on Android

10.) Secret

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Description from the developer:

Secret is a new way to share what you’re thinking and feeling with your friends.

Write anything that’s on your mind, free of judgment.

Make your words stand out by adding a photo or color backdrop. Customize further with blur, textures, and moods.

Comment on your friends’ secrets with a new and unique avatar for each conversation.

When friends like your secret, it spreads to their friends. The most interesting secrets can travel around the world.

Be honest. Be open. Be yourself.

Download on:

  • iOS
  • Secret is not currently available on Android

11.) Winston

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Description from the developer:

Winston is your lovable assistant that tells you stories from your social feeds and favorite news sites. For the first time, you can enjoy your social news in a narrated, audiovisual newscast.

Create a personalized news briefing from your favorite news and social sources. Winston lets you lean back and enjoy the most recent updates from your digital world.

Download on:

  • iOS
  • Winston is not currently available on Android

 

{ 19 comments… }

Mark Chase November 17, 2014 at 2:44 pm

What is the name of the meditation app you use? Thanks!

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Caleb Abenoja November 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Maneesh used the HEADSPACE app to get started with meditation. Link: https://www.headspace.com/headspace-meditation-app

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Natalie May 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

You had me at “Nearest Burrito”. I’m a CA girl living in NYC; you just improved my quality of life immensely! :)

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George May 16, 2014 at 9:31 am

I just started using Lift a few weeks ago, and I’m liking it so far!

It kinda stinks that half of these apps–ones that sound worth looking into–aren’t available to those of us without Apple products.

Also, you skipped #8–there’s only 10 apps listed here.

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Cameron May 15, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Nice list, Maneesh!

Thought I’d link to my own app, Strong – http://strongapp.me, it’s more flexible than Stronglifts (though, admittedly, not free).

It IS 100% free to try though, so you might as well check it out.

(Now looking for a burrito…)

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Andre May 15, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Thanks, interesting list. Reminded me to retry Lift. Used it once to try and stick to morning stretch routine (desk jockey == bad back). Only managed a 5-day streak though 😀

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JJ May 15, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Can you give some examples of what kinds of things you do with IFTTT? I’ve found that browsing through their recipes is a bit confusing. I’d love to hear some real world examples of how they help.

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Nicole May 15, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Wow, this is a great list. I downloaded Lift, IFTTT, and Winston. Thanks Maneesh for sharing!

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Chris May 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Big fan of all of these, but especially IFTTT. Excited to check out Winston. Haven’t heard of it before!

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Vat May 15, 2014 at 11:03 am

Thanks! The 5 min journal looks like a great app. I have been meaning to start a gratitude journal but this looks easier to start and to stick to.

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Anish May 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Ohlife.com is a great way to keep a journal. You receive an email and you just reply to it

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Matt May 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

Like it, keep up the good work

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yj May 15, 2014 at 10:14 am

this is a great list. i’m downloading all of them right now.

it’d be really helpful to see how you use these apps for your productivity in your life or how to put them to good use (ex. lift, snapchat, ifttt)

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Partinez May 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

Where is number 8? Cool apps, btw.

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Tiffany May 15, 2014 at 10:08 am

Why do you like them/how do you use them to streamline your life? I dont understand what some of these are, especially IFTTT

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John Clements May 15, 2014 at 10:08 am

Where’s the Windows Phone love, dude? I can’t use any of these!

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Maneesh Sethi May 23, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Sorry dude, I don’t know anything about Windows phones!

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Andy May 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

Pact is a fantastic app. It literally changed my life, getting me to the gym more times in a month than I had been in the previous year. And I got paid for it!

5 Min Journal sounds great – downloading now. Thanks for the recommendations!

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Rasheed May 15, 2014 at 10:02 am

I would also recommend Habit RPG. It needs a lot of improvement but it makes getting things done fun!

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