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7 Favorite Apps of 2017

The last week of the year is a sort of ‘clean up’ week for me in many ways. I look back over the previous year and assess how things went. It’s important to take time and celebrate, repent, purge, invest, forgive, and ask forgiveness so you can walk into the new year with a fresh start. This overall assessment covers everything from the deep issues of my heart to what apps I have on my cell phone. It is sort of like Spring cleaning in the middle of winter. While going through my phone and deleting old apps, I thought it might be fun to list the top apps that I have enjoyed the most this year. Hope you like it. Here we go in no particular order:

1. YouTube

For a pastor, life-coach, and life-long personal growth addict, this app is a must. It is one of the most used apps I have and will continue to be for a long time. Now that they have YouTube Red I love it even more. YouTube Red gives you the ability to skip through ads and play videos without having to keep the app up on your phone. This works for me because I have a playlist called “motivation” videos. These videos help me push through long runs and strength training sessions. I can play these videos one after the other without having to stop and listen to ads or having to actually be looking at the app.

2. Audible

I am a book worm and not ashamed of it. Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. A few years ago, I learned how easy it was to devour books by listening to them. Since then, Audible has become my go to app for listening to some of my favorite books. With the platinum level you can get 2 books month and, these days, most new books have an audiobook option.

3. Overdrive

This app compliments the previous app, Audible, nicely. With Overdrive, you can download, read, and/or listen to thousands of books for free from your local library. Before buying from Audible, I always check Overdrive first. Most of the time the new books are not available but most of the older books are. You can also suggest new titles and, when they begin to carry them, you are one of the first to have the option to borrow.

4. Amazon

I cannot tell you the last time I have been to a local store without first checking Amazon.com. Just about everyone I know has Amazon Prime these days and why not? When you can get the cheapest prices and free shipping, it just makes sense. Over the past year, my family has purchased just about everything from Amazon, including just about all our Christmas presents.

5. Day One

This app is possibly the most used app I have. It is definitely the one I use the most consistently. For the past 20 years, I have kept a journal in various forms. About 8 years ago I moved from paper to digital and Day One has been my go to platform. Every update they come out with makes this app more and more usable. Recently, they have come out with the ability to have your journal entries posted online. Not exactly sure why anyone would want that but, there you go.

6. Things 3

This my most recent productivity obsession. ToDo apps come and go from my phone all the time but this one has been with me for about a year now. While it is not perfect, the interface is solid and it looks to be getting even better in the new year. Other honorable mentions for ToDo productivity apps are: Wunderlist, Todoist, and Nozbe.

7. Evernote

While I have said the other apps are possibly my most used apps, this one definitely is number one. As a matter of fact, I am typing the rough draft of this blog post in Evernote right now. Evernote is my digital and mental filing cabinet. You can keep and organize almost anything digital you like. I have heard of people using it to keep up with everything including receipts, recipes, personal information, and driving logs. Whatever you want to keep up with and can scan you can put into Evernote. Now, Evernote has a scan option so you can scan documents with your phone and place it into the app. You can also search the scanned documents as well. Truly an amazing and indispensable app.

So, these are my top. What apps can you simply not do with out?

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