Moms are among the busiest people on the planet, and they’re using mobile technology to help them manage their busy schedules while on the go. In fact, moms are more tech savvy than ever before, and they’re quickly adopting new technologies. According to BabyCenter’s “21st Century Mobile Mom® Report “smartphone adoption among moms has risen 64% in less than two years” and “more than half (53%) of the women surveyed said they purchased a smartphone as a direct result of becoming a mom.”
If you’re a busy mom who wants to take full advantage of what your mobile device has to offer, this post is for you. Below you’ll find 5 essential apps that will get you on the road to organization bliss.
Evernote (Free and Upgrade Options)
-Available for just about any platform or device
Evernote is a must have for any mom on the go. It provides best-in-class note taking and it’s packed full of storage features, which makes it perfect for recording any information that you can’t fit in your head or want to save for future reference. Evernote is a cloud-based service so whatever device you’re using at the time — whether it’s your iPad, laptop, or smartphone — you can store and access your information. Practical uses for Evernote include capturing kids’ artwork via scanned images or photos; grocery lists; to-do lists; recipe lists; report cards; warranty information; items you wish to “scrapbook”; or PTA notes. You can also use the web clipper browser extension to capture things you like from web pages.
Dropbox (Free and Upgrade Options)
-Available for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle Fire, Android, PC, and Mac
Imagine having access to your photos, documents, and videos from your PC wherever you go. With Dropbox, you can. This cloud-based service lets you access your files from your PC or mobile device — anywhere. Your files can be private or shared with invited users. Share your photos with friends from your iPad while watching your son at soccer practice. Work on that important report or blog post while your daughter is at a dental cleaning. With Dropbox, you can use these times to get things done — which might give you some extra time to relax after the kids go to bed.
And just a few weeks ago, Dropbox announced a major improvement. According to their blog, you can now view photos in a gallery format from your mobile phone’s browser at dropbox.com as easily as you would from your personal computer.
LifeTopix (Promotional Price .99 cents)
-Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Managing the family calendar most often falls on mom’s plate. There are several apps for making to-do lists, adding appointments to calendars, managing your finances, or keeping track of nutrition and workouts. However, it’s difficult to find an app that allows you to do all of these things and more — all in one place and within context. LifeTopix is a complete life organization app that focuses on 12 life topics including Tasks + Projects, Shopping, Events, Travel + Places, People + Services, Health + Activity, Finances, Home + Assets, Education, Notes + Files, Media, and Bookmarks. What’s truly unique about LifeTopix is it is flexible enough to manage anything from a babysitter list to a full wedding. It also works with Dropbox, Google Drive/Docs, and Evernote — so you can associate items within LifeTopix to your notes and files that you’ve created by using those tools. If this isn’t enough, you can launch many other apps directly from LifeTopix so you don’t spend your valuable time searching for your apps.
-Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows Phones, and Android
Any mom can appreciate an app that helps them save money. RedLaser is a barcode scanner, shopping assistant, and QR code reader. Simply scan a product’s barcode, and it checks prices online and in retail stores in your area. With RedLaser, you can find the best prices on products because RedLaser searches across millions of products with price comparisons. It gives you a list of top deals, such as 25% off of diapers or $10.00 off of Lego purchases from many major retailers. You can also find related products to your favorite brands if you want to comparison shop. And, if someone in your family has a food allergy, you can get allergen information for products.
-Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android
Keeping families healthy is always top of mind for moms. Getting sick or injured doesn’t always happen when you’re at home and near your computer. When you want to learn more about a condition or sickness before seeing a doctor, the WebMd app can be a very valuable source. With this app, you can use the symptom checker to enter symptoms and possibly identify the illness or other problem. You can also get first aid tips, browse local health listings, and find drug and treatment information.
About the Author:
Marilyn Rogers is a Marketing Director at LightArrow, Inc., the maker of LifeTopix, a complete productivity app for personal organization available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. She is a regular contributor to the Life Blog from LightArrow, which is a blog dedicated to sharing tips and tricks about personal productivity, time management, organization, and getting things done.