Best Everyday Essentials

Last updated: December 1, 2020

In a year of so many upended routines, these apps helped us create new ones. They’re the tools that helped us stay in touch with others and in tune with ourselves.
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For a daily calm-me-down, less is more. Calmaria is incredibly simple, and that’s what we love about it: You’re guided through four cycles of breath, with a vivid sun (try the ’80s theme to see it in retro style) expanding and contracting with your inhales and exhales.

Grid Diary - Journal, Planner

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If you’ve wanted to journal but don’t know where to start, meet Grid Diary. Swappable prompts in a lovely, flexible grid format invite you to record and reflect on life’s happenings – from noting your habits and goals to sharing affirmations and gratitude.

The Pattern

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The astrology app that doesn’t talk about astrology, The Pattern is indeed about patterns – from the way you work to the way you love. Learn what the stars have to say about your tendencie, cycles affecting everyone, and your compatibility with others (including celebrities).
Cooking a lot these days? Make meal planning more efficient with Whisk. Just add a recipe URL to see its ingredients (no endless blog scrolling required), and toggle to view instructions or nutrition. Then turn those recipes into a shopping list or an order with online grocers.

ZOOM Cloud Meetings

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This year, Zoom was the place to be. Synonymous with virtual gatherings, it gave people connection when they needed it most – enabling work meetings, family reunions, classes, and more. New Android features, like virtual backgrounds and self-select breakout rooms, helped it truly meet the moment.
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