Nine apps to help simplify adult life


Hand holding smart phone with nine apps on screen






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Todoist
todoist.com
Simple to use and clearly designed, Todoist is your pocket PA, organising and scheduling multiple tasks, tracking and prioritising as you go. Add, complete, reschedule with drag-and-drop and set due dates. Organise lists according to colour or prioritise by subprojects and subtasks and earn karma points for ploughing through it all. Sorted.

Available for iOS and Android

If This Then That
ifttt.com
Finding it hard to keep up with or maximise the opportunities provided by the wealth of social media, online tools and voice assistants? IFTTT automates hundreds of apps, devices and services – everything from Facebook to Spotify – in one convenient place. The system uses “applets” to create new levels of interconnectivity between multiple smart devices, apps and websites that make life more convenient and fun. For example, IFTTT can instantly share a photo on multiple social platforms and back it up to Dropbox at the same time.

Available for iOS and Android

Meerkat
comparethemarket.com
Anything that boosts your budget is a good thing. The Meerkat app from the comparison website allows customers who have purchased a qualifying product to enjoy two-for-one meals at participating restaurants such as Pizza Express, Prezzo and Café Rouge for up to six people, as well as two-for-one midweek movies at participating cinemas (including Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse). Simple to use, there’s a facility to search, make bookings and get directions. In addition, those who have a Compare the Market account can also sign up to its new EnergyCheck offering, which allows customers to set up notifications to let them know when a better energy tariff is available. The free service aims to give customers confidence that they are on a great energy deal for them, as they are able to set their preferences based on an annual saving, such as £50, £100 or £150.

Available for iOS and Android

Pocket
getpocket.com
News stories, blogs, features, videos – there’s such a wealth of available information and entertainment that it’s impossible to take it all in at once. Pocket saves articles, videos and stories from any publication, page, social media site or app, collating masses of content ready to be consumed offline whenever it suits you. Saving is straightforward, the app is customisable and it can even read aloud with its text-to-speech feature.

Available for iOS and Android

LastPass
lastpass.com
Password fatigue syndrome is now a pandemic, thanks to multiple websites and apps requiring different and complex sign-ins. According to Richard Lack, managing director for EMEA at Gigya, the average internet user apparently has to remember more than a 100 passwords. Unless, that is, they are all stored in one place by a password manager. LastPass will maintain, generate and, most importantly, encrypt all your passwords and automatically log you in with a tap.

Available for iOS and Android

Money Dashboard
moneydashboard.com
Adult living is an expensive business, with incomings often outweighed by too many outgoings. Money Dashboard is a multi-award-winning money app and budget planner that tracks your spending and saving over multiple credit cards and accounts to give you a detailed and secure overview of your finances. It even groups similar transactions together to highlight exactly how and where you spend – useful in encouraging you to cut back.

Available for iOS and Android

MyFitnessPal
myfitnesspal.com
MyFitnessPal (MFP) is a useful diet and fitness app that helps you watch your calorific intake and set goals thanks to a massive database of more than 2,000,000 entries, breaking each food down nutritionally. On top of that, it logs cardio and strength exercises, meaning everything is calculated accurately, so you can maintain a personal diet and training plan. MFP can sync with more than 50 other fitness apps and devices including Garmin and Fitbit.

Available for iOS and Android

Headspace
headspace.com
One thing about being an adult is that stress becomes a part of your life. Having an app to help you cope can make a real difference, and Headspace is one of the most popular. Co-founded by Andy Puddicombe, its basic package offers themed sessions on stress and sleep, providing guided voice-led meditations and “SOS exercises” – such as calming one-minute breathing workouts – all guided by colourful animations. A monthly subscription fee unlocks extra content.

Available for iOS and Android

Habit List
habitlist.com
It’s easy to fall into bad habits, but hard to break them. Habit List provides the motivation to stick to your goals by encouraging you to develop “streaks” (through colour coding) over time, representing how many days in a row you have maintained them. Whether it’s exercising more, drinking less or giving up smoking, Habit List encourages you to do better through gentle reminders and mini rewards.

Available for iOS only

Download the Meerkat app and set up EnergyCheck so you’ll never have to spend time searching for better energy deals again. Customers of Compare the Market can also use the app to get two-for-one at restaurants and cinemas for a whole year



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