Being an entrepreneur can be chaotic at times. Trying to keep track of all the thoughts pinging back and forth inside your busy brain can be a chore in itself. Here are 5 awesome apps that I use to keep my ideas flowing!
iPhone / Android - mindlyapp.com
Mindly is a cool new app that brings mind-mapping to your mobile device. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, mind-mapping is a visual representation of your thoughts, laid out in a way that you can group, link and re-organize according to how they relate to each other.
Once you start organizing your thoughts into a mind-map, you'll wonder what you ever did without it!
iPhone / Android - daylio.webflow.io
Daylio is a mood-tracker that is a cut above the rest. Why? Not only does it allow you to pick and choose from a range of custom moods, colors and icons, but it also allows you to set your own! It's like having a counsellor in your pocket - and for the stressed-out entrepreneur, getting your feelings out is essential to keeping healthy and productive.
Daylio also has a journalling function in each mood. Studies have shown that writing down your thoughts can actually help to improve your mental health. Daylio works well as a mood-categorized diary to dictate exactly what you're feeling at any given time during the day. Try it - you'll be amazed at how much better you feel!
3. Loop Habit Tracker
Android (iPhone users check out Strides) - Loop Habit Tracker on Google Play
If you're a business owner, you're probably used to keeping track of your daily activities in a calendar. Those of you who have done it know that this can get really cumbersome, really quickly - especially when you start mixing work and personal, which can make you feel stressed out by feeling like you're not getting a break.
Habits is a great little app in the Android store that allows you to keep track of as many daily tasks as you need to. For example, I use it to remind myself to meditate daily. It's also great for other reminders like eating, sleeping and exercise - something a lot of entrepreneurs can struggle with when they're buried under a mountain of work. Best of all, each habit comes with a graph that shows you how well you're adhering to the habit over time. Neat!
4.Google Play Books (no seriously)
Anroid / iPhone - play.google.com/store/books
As much flak as Google gets these days for being a gigantic corporate entity (who may or may not be skirting along the thin line of "Do no evil" that they set for themselves), Google Play Books is seriously the best e-reader app I've used.
Boasting some of the best features of any e-reader app, Google Play Books includes Audiobooks, a blue light filter, Night Mode (inverted colors), extremely flexible text sizes, one of the most natural looking pages (once you adjust your colors) and portability across all devices (including PC and IOS). The bookmarking and notes features are also second to none.
Lastly, the books are also some of the cheapest when they go on sale! I've purchased all of my favorite entreprenur books on here so I can take them with me on the road. Even if you aren't a Google user, grab some free samples and check out their app! You won't be disappointed.
5. Honorable mention - Speare
Web-based, works on mobile browsers - speare.com
Speare is a new kid on the block as far as apps that allow you to quickly jot down ideas. I discovered this app on Twitter when energetic CEO Kent Sisco gave me a follow on Twitter.
This app holds some similarities to Trello, in that it allows you re-organize items by dragging them around, but with more simplicity and emphasis placed on the beauty of writing.
Some would argue that Kent is trying to re-invent the wheel here, but I've been using this app for a little over a week and I have to say I've begun putting more ideas into Speare where I previously used Google Keep simply due to the natural feel of Speare's beautiful UI. Further, Speare gives you up to 10 documents for free, which is a lot considering you can drag them around, re-order and then export to another document format such as Word when you're done.