5 Apps That Have Changed My Life

I have been on the hunt for great apps that will help me become more productive. In my search, I hoped to find apps that would benefit us as a team at church work.  The goal was to work better and smarter.  It has been a challenge to sift through all the thousands of apps but I think I've made some great discoveries.

Quick disclaimer: A couple of these apps are just for fun and having nothing to do with work. Also, I can't take all the credit for finding these apps because I've had several friends and other leaders offer suggest for these apps. Here are the top five apps that I've recently discovered and recommend you start using in 2018.  These are in no particular order. 

Trello - This is probably one of my all time favorite apps from a visual aspect.  This app is beautiful.  It is great for project management, team management, or todo lists. You can create lists, cards, and other categories of information. Each list or card has moving elements that you can slide from one column to another. I find it a lot of fun to move the cards from one list to another. It is a free app that you can get on your tablet, phone, or computer. You can add team members to each list of projects (card list), add comments, give details, and add checklists to track steps in the project. If you want a great project management app that is fun to use this is the one you want. 

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Wunderlist - is a simple todo lists.  This could be used instead of Trello but I don't think it offers as many quality features from a project or team management stand point.  I would recommend this for simple todo list making, shopping lists, or idea lists. What I use this for is for grocery lists, birthday shopping lists, Christmas lists, and other simple lists.  I share this list with my wife and we are able to use it simultaneously at the store as we shop for groceries.  This as a similar feature as trello where you can assign certain tasks to other people. 

Slack- is an excellent communication app that for me has replaced all the un-necessary group text messages, facebook messaging, and even email chains.  If you lead teams, have to communicate with a large group of people regularly, work in a big offices with a lot of people, or work virtually than slack is just what you need.  Slack is a combination of facebook chat, email, message boards, and a group text.  You can create one big workspace with multiple channels for different groups.  You can also direct message single team members.  It allows you to drag and drop documents, links, photos, and videos into the channel.  This app is great from a notification perspective too.  You can easy shut off alerts when you are away from the office or taking a day off. 

Currently, we use this to communicate among the core staff and the all staff teams.  I'd like to see us implement this for other ministry teams and even things like announcement submissions and prayer request submissions.  I think we could also use this for our board, youth teams, children's ministry teams, nursery scheduling teams, worship teams, daycare team, guest services team, or any other team for that matter. LOVE IT.  



TimeHop - this app has nothing to do with work but it is so much fun.  For a long time now, I've been on the outside looking in when it comes to sharing memories from Facebook.  I am not sure why but I have never been able to access the memories function on Facebook.  My wife and several friends had that feature on their Facebook but I did not. It was very sad but then I discovered TIME HOP. It is a great app.  Everyday you will be alerted to new memories from your various social media accounts that you link to the app.  For me it has gone back as far as 8 years.  It brings a lot of joy into my life when I see old pictures of my daughters and read posts from several years ago. 

Instagram Stories - has been a game changer for me.  This app has brought so much joy to my life.  I think instagram stories has stolen some of the mass appeal for Snapchat.  For me, I started to reach a point where I was just trying to keep up with way too many social media formats.  I had Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Pinterest.  That is a lot to keep up with.  It was getting overwhelming. Eventually, it gets impossible to manage that many social media accounts.  What I've done is put Snapchat, Twitter, and Pinterest on the back burner.  I focus mainly on Instagram and Facebook. The only reason I even keep the others on my phone is for the rare occasion that I need them to look something up.  

I highly recommend you check out Instagram and especially the stories function. If you are even remotely interested in Snapchat, I think you will insta stories.  

Well enjoy your day friends.  I hope everyone has a great week.  Don't forget to LOVE MORE and DO MORE for others.