It’s 2018. We’re all glued to our phones, but it’s important that we make our phones work for us. They need to be tools to make our lives easier, not just something to use in order to procrastinate. Here are 5 types of apps every woman should have on her phone to be the most productive. 

Travel apps

Whether you’re headed to a political conference or going home for the weekend, travel apps are a great tool to help you be on time and know what’s going on with your trip. Amtrak and most airlines have apps that update you on your trip, store your tickets and provide you with schedules. Even Uber and Lyft are helpful to have on hand in case you get lost or need a ride. Whenever I take the train back home, I’m constantly checking my Amtrak app to make sure everything is running smoothly.

Storage apps

Even though it’s healthy to be a little wary of putting everything on the “cloud,” it’s really helpful to have all your files always at your fingertips. Whether you use Google Drive, iCloud or OneDrive, each system has an easy-access app. One of these apps will ensure that you’re always prepared with your documents and photos. If you use Google Drive, make sure you download the individual apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides so that you can view and edits your documents on-the-go as well.

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Editing apps

Especially for those in marketing or social media, quick editing apps are valuable and time-saving. For a quick graphic, Adobe Spark is a great tool. It lets you manipulate color and font, but provides easy layouts and designs for all occasions. It’s also helpful to have Instagram Layout, Boomerang and Repost handy for posts. Genius Scan is also a great tool to turn photos in PDFs for submissions. In a few seconds, you’ve created a PDF that you can email, save or text.

Your provider’s app

When you’re all over the place, it can be difficult to manage your data and minutes, so it’s important to have your provider’s app to keep you updated. Verizon even has a widget for iPhone’s pull down menu, so your data usage is accessible and easy to see. If you have unlimited data or minutes this might not seem important, but if you have trouble with overages, this is the tool for you.

Your favorite company’s app

If you’re like me, the Starbucks app is an essential on your iPhone. It’s super easy to pay when you’re in the store, and you can do mobile orders easily. Other businesses use their apps to promote sales or coupons, so it can be in your best interest to download them. Even your university, if you’re still in college, may have a helpful app that can help you more effectively navigate college life.

Technology, like everything, comes with pros and cons, but it’s really your job to make sure technology is making your life easier, not more complicated. Having these helpful apps on your phone ensures that your life runs just a little bit smoother.

Karly M.
Karly Matthews is a student at Temple University, where she is majoring in political science and journalism while minoring in Spanish. At any given moment, Karly can be found talking about Marco Rubio and advocating for conservative values with a large coffee mug and color-coded planner in hand.

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