5 Great Apps for Busy Moms
Oh mamas, we know you’re lying awake late at night mentally checklisting all the things you’re juggling: your schedule, your partner’s schedule, your kids’ schedule, work, meals, activities, cleaning. Who has time for cleaning?
Your sleek little phone that goes everywhere you go is more than a camera or easy Facebook access. It can actually help you get organized and tackle that to-do list in a life-simplifying way.
We're not broaching “getting it all done.” We’re talking about using technology to help make your day-to-day life a little smoother and easier.
Dr. Hilary S. Berger, EdD, is the founder of Work Like A Mother, pioneer, and creator of a successful learning model, a proven career counseling system, and framework for mothers to re-conceptualize and navigate their parenting years, ensuring their own personal and professional viability without losing themselves in fulfilling their obligations to their families.
She says, “Be a perfectionist no more. Mothers almost always strive for their lives and their families' lives to be neat and tidy. Juggling our professional and family lives requires that we do the best we can with what we have and let go of any damaging conceptions of perfection. Technology is rapidly changing and facilitating us in ways we never thought of 10 years ago. Whether it's ordering groceries online to save you time or using an app to organize your to-do lists, mothers should be embracing technology in an effort to be happier and more efficient for themselves and their families.”
We couldn't agree more! So here are 5 apps we love for busy moms.
For time saving: 30/30 by Binary Hammer
30/30 is a great way to keep you on track. Create your to-do list and set it to a timer. Break it up into 30-minute tasks or create your own custom rotation. As soon as you hit the start button, the app keeps you going from one task to the next. Productivity schedules can be saved and items can easily be reorganized. Nothing says “Time's up!” like 30/30. This free app is available on iOS.
For fitness: Hot5 Fitness by Hot5, Inc.
From abs and core to yoga and flexibility and everything in between, Hot5 Fitness contains pages and pages of 5-minute video workouts that are super easy to follow. You can find video workouts of all varieties and difficulty levels that will work you out with only five moves.
Hot5 Fitness's videos are sleek and modern and the interface is also beautifully designed and user friendly. The app is to the point and clear cut, saving you time by skipping the personal questionnaires and sign-up lag.
We also love that this app can be used as an add-on to your fitness routine or as your entire workout. If you want to do 5-minute abs after a run, Hot5 Fitness is for you. If you want to do a full-body workout, mix and match from a plethora of their videos.
Hot5 Fitness is completely free. No hidden costs, no paid upgrades. Hot5 Fitness gives you the best of the best without costing you a penny.
For recipe building: Supercook Ingredient App by Supercook
The Super Cook Ingredient app gives you the best recipes based on the ingredients already in your pantry! This free app is simple to use and answers the—literally—daily question What’s for dinner? without adding yet another trip to the store!
For calendaring: Cozi Family Organizer by Cozi
Make your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch the ultimate family organizing tool with the Cozi mobile app. This app lets you effortlessly manage your family calendar, shopping lists, to-do lists, and family journal while you're on the go. Add an appointment, and it uploads to your Cozi account so everyone in the family can see it. No more double-bookings! Get your grocery-shopping lists when you're at the store, even when you're offline. No more coming home with everything but the one thing you needed! Add a to-do list item right when you think of it and have it right there in your pocket to remind yourself. Jot down a memory as it happens in your family journal. Add a photo from your library to capture the moment. Add and edit non-repeating calendar appointments, shopping lists, and to-do lists while offline. This app is the answer to the mind-swirls that happen in every mom’s brain!
For gratitude: Gratitude Journal by Happy Tapper
The concept behind Happy Tapper’s Gratitude Journal is simple: Change your thoughts, change your life. And the how behind this is just as intuitive. You simply write down five things you’re grateful for each day. The idea is to refocus on the goodness around you, and we love using technology to do just that!
Available on both iPhone and iPad, the Gratitude Journal includes a daily reminder, it is password protected, and it is customizable with custom fonts, the ability to add photos, and the ability to rate your day. It also has access to inspirational quotes. Happy Tapper's app is the original digital gratitude journal and has remained the most popular version!
What are your favorite apps? Which of these are you interested in trying?