By Jenn Prentice
Since this is my first post on Student Affairs Women Talk Tech, I feel the need to say something to ingratiate myself to all of you. Thus, I will make this statement: No man will ever understand how difficult it is to be a woman. (Yes. I can feel the smiles, head nods and “preach it sisters” through the computer.) But seriously, unless you have to deal with the demands of being employee, boss, wife, partner, mother, sister, daughter, friend, cook, housekeeper–and oh, did I mention hormonal—you cannot possibly understand what it’s like to be a woman.
A few weeks ago, Kristen talked about the balance that technology has brought to her life and relationships, and I found myself nodding in agreement. This week, I’d like to augment her post by sharing a few of the mobile applications that have made my life, as a woman, a little more manageable. In the future, I’ll be posting about more education specific technology; but since it’s still summer and I recently purchased a new smart phone (the HTC Incredible 2, which I highly recommend to all you non-Mac users out there), I thought I’d share some of the apps I use on a daily basis. The links below will take you to the application’s Android market web page, but good news iPhone addicts, they’re all available to you too!
Remember the Milk- When it comes to organizing an often complicated schedule, simplicity rules, and Remember the Milk has the corner on the easy-to-use market. Input a task, select a due date and level of importance and let the productivity begin. The app also offers more robust features like the ability to add notes, receive notifications and categorize items by work, personal, etc. so you can be as detailed as you want—or not.
My Days Period & Ovulation- Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or avoid it altogether, the My Days Period & Ovulation app wants to help. Mark the first day of your period and the app will tell you what days that month you’ll be most fertile, so you can plan accordingly.
What’s for Dinner?- If you’ve ever gone to the grocery store without your shopping list, you’ll appreciate the What’s for Dinner app. You can access your grocery list and check items off as you put them to your shopping cart or, if you forgot an ingredient, check your personalized recipe file or search for the recipe online.
Calorie Counter by Fat Secret- Not only does the Calorie Counter app let you keep a food diary, but if you’re uncertain of the nutritional value of a certain food, you can use the app’s barcode scanner to find it. Calorie Counter also lets you log your exercise, so you know exactly how many calories you’ve consumed and how many you’ve burned each day.
Mint.com- Whether you’re the one paying the bills or not, it’s always nice to know where your budget stands each month and Mint.com’s Personal Finance app is a one-stop-shop for tracking and managing your money. If you find the thought of loading all your account information into one location a bit intimidating—or just downright scary—why not start off with your bank’s Android apps. At least you’ll know when you’re out of dough.
Starbucks- After staying up late to meet a tight deadline the Starbucks app will help fuel your sleep-deprived work day. Pay for your coffee, track your Starbucks Rewards and reload your Starbucks card, all without ever darkening the doors of a coffee shop. Need something a little stronger? There’s an app for that.
Have another app you think should make the list? Leave it in the comments section below.