2017 is here! In January, we’re all excited to show up and show out in order to make the new year the best yet. By the time February rolls around, some of us fall off and lose sight of our goals due to becoming overwhelmed and biting off more than we can chew, ultimately burning out.
But this year… we’re not doing that!
It’s time to make our systems and ultimately our lives more efficient so that we can push out the best quality in everything we do. It’s time to work smarter, not harder and push ourselves toward becoming our best selves yet!
We’ve compiled our top app picks that will help you in your glow up, professionally and personally!
MUST HAVE FOR COLLABORATION: GOOGLE DRIVE
We love it because: It enables you to work collectively with your team wherever you are. Link up on documents and presentations, upload and exchange files and more. No team member left behind!
MUST HAVE FOR TEAM MANAGEMENT: SLACK
The new way to communicate
We love it because: You’ll be able to keep everyone on your team in the loop at all times! Have one-on-one or group conversations that organized by topic. Awesome for team building!
MUST HAVE FOR WORKFLOW AUTOMATION: 17 HATS
Automation done right
We love it because: You can automate workflows, manage your accounting, capture leads, manage client projects and store their files. A true all-in-one app right?
MUST HAVE FOR FINANCES: QUICK BOOKS
Money the easy way
We love it because: It monitors all your business sales and expenses. Pay your employees and vendors; track unpaid invoices… that’s just the tip of the iceburg. Come tax season, you’ll be laying in the shade.
MUST HAVE FOR SCHEDULING: GLASS PLANNER
A procrastinator’s dream
We love it because: You can easily keep track of your upcoming schedule, document task progress and keep an eye out for upcoming deadlines.
MUST HAVE FOR DISCIPLINE: FOCUS NOW
Scatterbrain no more
We love it because: You can finally limit your distractions (*cough* social media *cough*) and get work DONE! Set a time and teach your brain how to focus, as your farm grows to visually show progress.
MUST HAVE FOR COMMUNICATION: UBERCONFERENCE
The future of meetings
We love it because: You can schedule future calls and record for later reference. You can also view the callers’ LinkedIn profiles. Say goodbye to not knowing who’s who on the call, the app also shows who’s talking, clutch!
MUST HAVE FOR CREATION ON THE GO: CANVA
Design for beginners
We love it because: We know it’s popular for social media posts but you can also design newsletters, email banners, invitations, presentations, eBooks and so much more!
MUST HAVE FOR MAKEUP/HAIR HOW-TOS: PINTEREST
We love it because: This is our go-to for quick inspiration and how-tos when it comes to our makeup beats and hair do’s, Learn about the newest beauty trends and find some that are custom to your hair grade and skin color!
MUST HAVE FOR FASHION INSPIRATION: POLYVORE
Style and profile
We love it because: We can pair separate clothing items that we own or plan to buy. You can also view others’ outfit stylings if you want to change it up. This app is super clutch for style influencers who love to post your looks!
MUST HAVE FOR BEAUTY APPOINTMENTS: STYLE SEAT
High maintenance on the move
We love it because: If you just relocated or visiting a new city and need a touch up, this is the PERFECT app. View and set appointments, review stylists’ services and reviews and get this… you can pay for your appointment on the app!
MUST HAVE FOR THAT TIME OF THE MONTH: SPOT ON
Never get caught slippin’
We love it because: We can no longer be totally thrown off when Aunt Dot comes to visit. Spot on accurately estimates your next cycle, which comes in handy when planning vacations or big events.
MUST HAVE FOR CALORIE TRACKING: MYFITNESSPAL
Nutrition made easy
We love it because: When you’re paying super close attention to your food, this app makes it easy to count and track calories. With the largest food database at your fingertips, it takes the guess work out of your meals!
MUST HAVE FOR WORKOUTS: SWORK IT
Work it out your own way
We love it because: You can create a custom workout at home or at the gym. Pick your level of intensity and watch video demos of real trainers. Did we mention this was created by two Black men? :)
What are your favorite apps? How do you plan on making this year the best one? Tell us below!