Technology is a blessing and a curse. Especially when it comes to using apps to stop procrastinating.
Trust me when I tell you that there is an app for almost every need you have. But not all apps are created equal. Not even close.
There are great apps. There are okay apps. And there are downright horrible apps.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
A mistake you may be making
With all the apps available to help you stop procrastinating, the main problem is not how good the app is. Rather, it is you searching for the perfect app.
Here’s a truth: the perfect app does not exist. Not for helping you stop procrastinating. Not for anything. Every app has limitations and, I dare say: flaws.
Searching endlessly for the app that is “just right” for you is a form of procrastination.
How to stop procrastinating over the “right” app (whatever that means)
Let me help you out here.
I consider myself a crash test dummy for apps. Especially when it comes to procrastination.
I have tested numerous apps. Instead of you wasting your time searching the Internet and reading up on apps, let me give you some recommendations. I have personally used every one of the following apps. I will also tell you my favorite.
None of the following links are affiliate links. That means if should you choose to purchase any of the paid apps below, I don’t get anything for it. Just want you to know that.
Let me preface this list by telling you that I am a sold-out Apple fanboy. I make no apologies for this. I tell you this because several of the apps are iOS/Mac only.
My Favorite App
The app I use every single day is Flexibits’ Fantastical 2. It’s not free but it is amazing.
Not only is the app not free, it’s not 99 cents either. But it’s worth every penny! The iPhone app is $4.99, the dedicated iPad app is $9.99 (yes, the iPhone app will work on the iPad but trust me, the app designed specifically for the iPad is worth it) and the Mac version is $49.99. I have purchased all three apps and never looked back.
Six of the many reasons I love Fantastical 2:
- It combines reminders and calendar in one app (and does it very well).
- Virtually unlimited customization. Honestly, I can’t think of anything you can’t customize on it.
- Because it rides on top of iOS reminders and calendars, it has Siri integration.
- It is updated and improved regularly.
- Support, when you need it, is there and friendly too!
- 3D Touch enabled. If you are an iPhone 6S/6S+ user (or later), you’ll love this!
Yes, all three apps cost $65. But very worth it.
Alternatives to Fantastical 2
If you’d rather not shell out $5, $10 or more for Fantastical 2, or maybe you are not an iOS person, here are some other options – both free and paid:
- Google Calendar. Free. iOS/Android. Recently added reminders (though you do not have the option of creating multiple lists at this point – something I recommend). No Siri integration.
- 2Do (Reminders). $14.99 for iOS/$49.99 for Mac. Also available for Android. Integrates with iOS reminders so there is Siri integration.
- Wunderlist (Reminders). Free and $4.99 for Wunderlist Pro. Multiple platforms. No Siri integration.
- And don’t forget this: the default calendar and reminder apps that are already on your device.
That should get you started. These are not the only apps that can assist you in your journey to stop procrastinating. But I don’t want you wasting your time looking for “that app” that will solve all of your problems. That’s procrastinating!
Pick one. Use it. Master it.
And if the app you choose doesn’t work for you, guess what? You can always try another one! Yes, even if you paid for the app! It’s okay. Fantastical 2 was not my first pick. Or my second or third. I went through several other apps before landing on it. And there’s no guarantee that it will be my preferred app for the rest of my life.
For the longest time I resisted any app that combined reminders and calendars. I can’t explain why. I just did. But guess what? With Fantastical 2 and others as well, you can turn reminders off if you don’t like reminders and calendars combined.
Technology is a blessing and a curse. Make it a blessing for you. Stop procrastinating. Find an app that works for you and start to use it.