10 Apps We Can’t Live Without (Ep. 221)

Do you remember life before the smartphone? I do. I remember it so clearly, and yet it still seems completely unreasonable to exist without one today.

I regard this as a bit of a burden (because I’m an old curmudgeon), but obviously we’re getting something good out of it or we’d see more people giving them up. Why would I want to give up constant access to GPS navigation?

Anyway, if this is the way things are going to be, we might as well get as much as we can out of our smart devices to make up for the inconveniences to our focus and posture.

With that in mind, here are ten apps that help make smartphones worth the hassle.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:06:44 – Scanning documents with Scanbot
  • 0:10:59 – Tracking expenses with Daily Budget
  • 0:20:56 – Managing your passwords with Dashlane
  • 0:29:43 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:32:13 – Focusing and relaxing with Brain.fm
  • 0:36:27 – Recording your thoughts with RecUp
  • 0:39:34 – Apps for doing creative work
  • 0:42:27 – Tom’s budget modeler
  • 0:57:42 – Tracking your habits with Habitica
  • 1:00:08 – Taking screenshots with Greenshot
  • 1:03:44 – Working out with Just 6 Weeks
  • 1:07:09 – Conclusion

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Martin Boehme is a web developer, language nerd, and Nintendo fanboy. Talk to him in English, Spanish, French, or very basic Japanese on Twitter.

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