10 Best // Simplify Your Life Right Now


if you aren't already using free apps and websites to make your life more efficient, you really need to start right now.  when you start to track all the little things you spend time on, you realize pretty quickly that someone has to have invented a better way to do things.  and they have.  so what are you waiting for?!  simplify your life in just a couple minutes with:

unroll.me.  seriously.  i know i mentioned it on last friday's post, but if you haven't done this yet, get on it.  your inbox will thank you.

sidereel.  look, i've read your blogs and your twitter statuses.  so i know i am not the only one with a ridiculous line up of shows to keep track of.  i don't have a dvr and i don't need one because sidereel is my jam.  you can track all of your shows and it gives you a daily calendar of what's playing when.  it also reminds you when a new season of a previously tracked show starts up again.  and it tells you if/when/where free episodes are available to watch online.  i love this thing.  there's a phone app version too.

day zero project.  if you have any sort of bucket list (101 in 1001, 30 before 30, etc.) this is a great way to track it.  you input each goal and your timeline.  it lets you know how many days are left and what your percentage of goals completed is.  it's great to have the list all in one spot.

key ring.  scans all those pesky frequent shopper tags you carry on your keys with the bar codes. it keeps them all in the nifty app on your phone and then you don't have to carry them at all!  the store just scans your phone.  personally, i have walgreens, cvs, petsmart, petco, and i had one for the grocery before they did away with those.  it also shows what coupons are available at your stores as well as nearby.  i think redlaser is similar too.

ifttt.  if you're still manually updating your social media when you post new blog content, you're wasting time!  just use if this then that!  log in and you'll see all sorts of directions you can give it - like auto post to twitter when a new post goes up.  that's what i do.  you can also do things not related to blogging, like having your phone send a note if it's going to rain or auto syncing photos to evernote.  speaking of which...

evernote.  just get it and mess around, then start looking at all the tutorials that are out there (link it in the comments if you have a good one!) because evernote does everything.  i don't have a paper filing system at all any more because i scan everything into evernote.

lastpass.  track and save all those super complicated passwords securely on lastpass.  then let it do all the log in work for you.  it makes paying really easy too if you're an online shopper.  not that i'm encouraging or anything.

paperkarma.  simplify and also save the trees by cutting out junk mail with paperkarma.  just take a photo of the junk mail with your mailing address and the sender's address visible and the app will magically make it stop.

soundgecko.  takes any text and transforms it to audio.  so you can listen to my blog instead of reading it while you're trying to do other things like commute to work.  (because obviously it's my blog and not, like, the news or anything that you'd be listening to.)

waze.  get 'real-time help from other drivers' as waze says on their site.  yep, other commuters will kindly alert you to traffic, construction, potholes, and other driving pains.  and it tells you where the cheapest gas is.

and there you have it.  go forth and simplify.  you can thank me later.

43 comments

  1. Paperkarma sounds awesome I get so much junk mail so this sounds perfect. Key Ring sounds good too, my keys are so heavy because of all those tags.

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  2. I did not know about any of these. Thanks for this!
    - Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

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  3. I love you right now. I did unroll me and I was subscribed to 133 things...not anymore!

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  4. I love you. My life just got infinitely easier lol!

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  5. ummm that if that then really is going to change my life. wow wowowowo. pinning this.

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  6. I like the idea of Day Zero Project, will have to look into that!

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    1. Let me know if you do! I have mine set up on there and it allows you to follow other people. aka, I really just want to stalk your list!

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  7. I unsubscribed from 71 lists using Unroll.Me. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Excellent! As new emails roll it, it'll alert you too, so you can keep unsubscribing :)

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  8. I will be definitely looking into ifttt and Day Zero Project!

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    1. HUGE helps! I never think about posting my blog stuff to social media any more because it already does it. I love to automate things ;)

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  9. i recently found stocard - digitally stores all of your reward cards in your phone WHICH I LOVE because those things take up too much space in your wallet. also, when i heard about this, i immediately thought of you and steph since you guys are the queen of organizing and this is a great way to organize your wallet (ie. purge shit from it)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  10. I totally downloaded Sidereel. I ALWAYS forget when my shows come on! Thanks boo!

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    1. Oh you'll love it! I love that it tells me when a new season is starting - since I don't watch commercials, I never know when something is coming back.

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  11. Thanks for Sidereel! I am terrible at keeping up with shows. I'll be checking out a few of these others too. All hail the queen of organization :)

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  12. The Waze sounds good since ish here can get cray out of nowhere - we have bad a$$ traffic. I was looking at that Evernote feature where you can scan ish and store it on there but was wondering whether it was worth it. I was looking at the Neat desk but that bish is like $150? Say whaa! Heck no. I have a ton of mail that needs sorting and I feel as though I'll never get to it. Happy Friday Stephanie! -Iva

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  13. This stuff is awesome!!! I need that keyring!

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  14. Waze and Paperkarma sound interesting, I'm going to check both out.

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  15. So cool! That key ring thing would make my husband's life 100% easier, he loves those scan things! haha! Thanks for the tips, I will def try some of these out!

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  16. Is ifttt better than buffer? (If you've tried it!) x

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  17. I started playing around with Day Zero Project yesterday when I saw you wrote about it. I'm hooked! I'm a list freak, and hate having papers everywhere, so this thing is my new best friend!! Waze is awesome too, and I can't wait to try some of the other things you recommending. THANKS!

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  18. Ahhh I can't wait to try all of these out...organization is my favorite.

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  19. I'm obsessed with Waze. Sometimes I use it even when I know where I'm going. And definitely a fan of unrollme since you shared it before. Now it looks like I have more downloading to do!

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  20. AWESOME! I've only checked out a couple of these before.. off to stalk the others! Thank you SO much for sharing! :)

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  21. I need to check out ifttt and a few others. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. ifttt is one of my favorites ever since IG and twitter stopped being friends!

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  23. I tried unroll me and it didn't work for me. :( It let me check off the boxes and whatnot but that didn't stop emails coming from those companies.

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  24. thanks so much for sharing!

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  25. Thank you for this list! I love WAZE and unroll.me . Such life savers!!!

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  26. This is so cool! Thanks for sharing these amazing sites!

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

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    1. You're welcome! Glad you liked them :)

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  27. I LOVE LOVE LOVE posts like this because there are SOOO MANY apps out there that I am unaware of, but I don't just want to download ANYTHING! ha! I am about to download LAST PASS :)

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    1. You will love it! For work I have to change my passwords every 3 months and it's rotten - I never remember them! Last Pass is a life saver.

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  28. OMG I need lastpass in my life! Also um how do you live without a DVR? That is a level of organization I can't fathom. I have no idea when anything is on, ever.

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  29. I've seriously have been meaning to write an entire post about how incredible WAZE is. I use it every day, even though I know where I'm going. It saved me 45 minutes on my road trip yesterday and took me through these beautiful country back rounds. WAZE for the win!

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  30. I love posts like this because it is hard to keep up with all the new apps!!!! There are just SO many out there. I have a few of these already, but I certainly learned about some new ones that I am downloading right now!!!!

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  31. my phone is currently being used and abused as I wait for all of these to download. these are great!

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  32. I already use several of these. Yay me! PaperKarma was a waste for me because even after a month I was still receiving the mail I had requested be stopped.

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  33. Hmmm... holy cannoli guacamole - an actual top apps post where I didn't know half of them...so I'm thanking you now, not later! Thanks Steph :)

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    1. You're very welcome!! I'm glad I can still surprise you ;)

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  34. WAZE = amazing! I have navigation in my car but I still use waze sometimes!

    -AJ
    OccasionallyAJ.com

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  35. I ADORE unroll.me since you mentioned it last week! And Wunderlist is my current favorite task list helper - I can use it on my computer and on my phone so I always have quick access to them!

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