Sometimes Mondays feel like running through a slalom course. Not only are you getting back into your work week groove, but you have to manage all the little annoyances that pop up during the day. Last-minute errands, traffic delays, and a sudden weather event could all throw you for a loop if you don't have a system in place to deal with them.
With that in mind, here are 10 apps that will help streamline whatever life throws at you on the first day of the week.
1. Google Maps
Before you put your keys in your car's ignition, check Google Maps for snarled traffic, accidents, or construction zones on your route. This one step could mean the difference between showing up to work on time with a smile, and rolling in 20 minutes late, stressed and distracted.
Should you bring an umbrella or a coat as you leave the house? This free app gives hourly forecasts so you can know exactly what to expect for the day. And with a real-time radar feature, it's like having your own personal weatherperson in your pocket.
Keep track of your to-do lists and shopping lists, and set deadlines to keep your life extra organized. Bonus: Since Wunderlist has the ability to share lists, there's no need to frantically text your partner what to pick up at the grocery store after work.
Save files securely in the Cloud so you can access them anywhere. Never show up to work with the wrong version of a document again!
Take your notes with you using Evernote, a robust digital organization platform. That means that you can save anything — articles, PDFs, recipes, pictures, memos, etc. — and access them on all your devices. You can even bundle your notes into notebooks if you're an organization geek (like me).
If you're in the habit of swinging by Starbucks for a daily hit of coffee, you must download their app. Use it to order ahead, pay using your phone (no need to scrounge around for a few stray bills for a grande cold brew coffee ever again), and rack up points to redeem food and drink items. Plus, Starbucks gifts you a free drink on your birthday, which is nice.
Checking dozens of websites to get the latest news is not only a time suck, but it's also passé. Use Feedly to subscribe to your favorite websites and get all your news in one place.
Thanks to this user-friendly app, you can fly through books, novellas, and digital magazines on your commute.
Mondays are stressful. Squeeze in a quick 10-minute meditation session to experience a moment of zen during your afternoon snack break.
Save the interesting articles you find on the web in one place so you can revisit them at your leisure. Not only will it cut down on distractions during your work day — "Sorry I'm late for the meeting, boss. I was engrossed in a long-form essay about the challenges of colonizing Mars!" — but you'll never miss out on a great read again.