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My Favorite Phone Apps Right Now
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My Favorite Phone Apps Right Now

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1. The Email Game

My new favorite app isn’t really an app. It’s a Chrome extension. If you’re like me and you have the best intentions to stay up with deleting your email, but don’t and day after day, the emails pile up, The Email Game app for you! Thanks to Tim Ferriss, I am now using the email game to sort through and quickly eliminate emails. You can do up to 100 at a time and the little emoji will let you know with it’s facial expression when you are taking too much time. I’m still whittling mine down. But I started with over 4,000 in my inbox!

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2. Headspace

Headspace is an app that you will love if you’ve ever tried to get a meditation routine into your life. Even if you only use it at night to go to sleep. There are different meditations for health, relationships, performance, etc. I think you start off with a free version. I have upgraded to the paid version which is a yearly subscription.

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3. Sleep Fan

I also like Sleep Fan if you need to turn your brain off and go to sleep but you are hearing the neighbor’s dog bark, ambulance sirens, house settling, whatever. You can set a timer for it to turn off. It’s a free app. There are lots of them for sleep. This one is considered pink noise instead of white noise. Pink Noise is random noise having equal energy per octave, and so having more low-frequency components than white noise. Yea, I looked it up! Another pink noise you might like is Rain, Rain.

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4. Value Viewer

For my artists friends out there, you might like value viewer. It’s a paid app – $4.99 but it’s worth it. Whether you are a en plein air painter or a studio painter, it comes in handy to see a notan (black or white image of your photo),  a full value view and a view in 3 values. You can take the photo with the app or upload one from your phone or ipad. It’s a great way to check a composition, start a painting or to take a photo of your painting to see where you have the values wrong! It’s a few years old and every time I open it on my iphone 6s, it says the app needs to be updated. But it works just like it ever did. Mark Putnam, if you are reading this, time to update!

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5. The TV Guide App

My Husband and I live in an area of Cincinnati with a lot of restaurants within walking distance. Whenever we don’t have plans on the weekend, we walk to a local restaurant, sit at the bar and watch sports. The TV Guide app has a great sports tab that not only tells you what time the game is on, it lists all of the stations by cable company. Very helpful!

From time to time, when I have another group to add, I’ll blog about this again. What apps do you love? Leave me a comment, so I can check them out.