What’s on your phone?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Here are a few of the best apps to help you organize your life and live your best in 2019.

To Know What’s in the Products You Use

Think Dirty

Think Dirty is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode, and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, track dirty ingredients and shop for cleaner options.

To Take Notes


Evernote helps you focus on what matters most and have access to your information when you need it. Input typed notes or scan handwritten notes. Add to-do’s, photos, images, web pages or audio, all of which is instantly searchable. Organize notes any way you want and share with anyone. Evernote also syncs across your devices so your information is always with you, everywhere you go.

To Keep You Accountable

Productive — Habit Tracker

Productive is a free tool that helps you build a routine of life-changing habits. Set personal goals, track your progress and motivate yourself to achieve new heights. With the Productive app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback.

To Plan Your Business Trips


This app manages all the details of your trip itinerary, in one place. As soon as you book a flight, hotel, car or other reservation, simply forward it to plans@tripit.com, and the app will instantly add the plans to your master itinerary.

To Manage Your Time


With a single tap, track and save your time in the office or at home with Toggl. Summary reports help you discover what’s taking up your time, suggestions tell you what you could track based on your habits and customization allows you to personalize your time entries with projects, clients and tags.

To Listen to Audiobooks


Home of the world’s largest selection of audiobooks, audio shows and original series, Audible allows you to listen to your audiobooks anytime, anywhere — at home or on the go.

Summaries of the apps are their official description on play.google.com.

Recommended by a local


One of the most frequent apps I use is MyFitnessPal. I use this app every day to track my food and activity. It started in January 2018 when my gym encouraged its members to start tracking their carbs, fats and proteins. I have logged in and entered data every day since. It has made me more conscious of what I eat, and as a result, I have lost 40 pounds since the beginning of the year. While not an app, another great technological resource has been the site skinnytaste.com. My family gets almost all of our meals from this site — all of them delicious, healthy and easy to make!

— Chris Martin, Southeast Missouri State University chief of staff, assistant to the president for strategy and government relations