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Organize (almost) every aspect of your life with these seven apps

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | March 28, 2014
Generic calendar apps are mostly useful for two things: Meetings--including appointments and conference calls--and birthday or holiday reminders. But have you ever tried to use a basic calendar app to create a workout plan or organize your travel itinerary?

Generic calendar apps are mostly useful for two things: Meetings — including appointments and conference calls — and birthday or holiday reminders. But have you ever tried to use a basic calendar app to create a workout plan or organize your travel itinerary?

Trust me: It's basically impossible. When it comes to scheduling specialized events, or specific aspects of your life, generic calendar apps just can't cut it. Luckily, scheduling apps don't stop at calendars, and there are actually several apps dedicated to helping you organize different parts of your life — they help you plan meals, schedule workouts, and stay on top of bills and car maintenance. If you want to organize every minute detail of your life, here are seven apps that can help get you started.

Meals: Food on the Table

If you don't already plan out your meals ahead of time, maybe you should. Meal planning can help you save money, lose weight, and lead to a (slightly) less stressful life. There are plenty of apps out there to help you plan meals and organize your grocery list, but Food on the Table (Free; Android and iOS) goes one step further by recommending items on sale at your local stores. 

Food on the Table started out as a web app for the lazy meal planner. The website lets you plug in your food preferences (including dietary restrictions) and local grocery stores, and it then spits out a five-meal-per-week meal plan for a small subscription fee.

The mobile app offers the same features, but you don't have to subscribe. Instead, you can simply plan your own meals using Food on the Table's recipe bank. The app features tabs for your meal plan, grocery list, and sale items at your local stores, which is an excellent feature for people looking to save money. Tapping on a sale item lets you add it to your grocery list, or you can search the recipe bank for recipes containing that ingredient.

Exercise tracking: JEFIT Workout

Most workout apps let you log and track your workouts, which is great... if you're already working out. But for people who need an extra push to get going, workout planners can be useful and motivating. JEFIT Workout (Free; Android and iOS) lets you plan workouts using either a pre-made or custom routine.

JEFIT Workout plans your workout in a couple of different ways: You can plan it right before you get started (for example, you can download a routine or create your own, and then follow it), or you can create recurring routines for certain days of the week. JEFIT has a database of pre-made routines grouped by category (such as "powerlifting" and "beginner yoga poses"), all of which you can customize to suit your needs. You can also create your own routine from scratch, using JEFIT's exercise database as necessary.

 

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