Seven apps that will make adulting a whole lot easier
Let’s face it – adulting is hard. Gone are the days of living rent-free in your parents’ house, only working a weekend job (or not working at all), and homework being your biggest responsibility. For any wide-eyed, optimistic, adult-teenager hybrid, this can be a terrifying and confusing transition. Luckily, for those of us only just entering the adult world, smartphones exist, and with them comes apps that make adult life just that little bit easier.
Live in a share house? Constantly trying to split bills fairly, keep track of how much each person is spending on groceries and get everyone’s rent in on time? Splitwise is your new best friend. It will keep a running tally of how much each person owes, calculate who’s in debt to whom, and it makes it super easy to see how much money you’re out of pocket. Say goodbye to awkward conversations with your friends and trying to do accurate but really annoying maths.
Eating well and exercising is an important part of being a proper adult. Whether you’re looking to lose weight or just trying to stay healthy, fitness and health apps like MyFitnessPal will help you record what you’re eating and tell you how good or bad your diet is. MyFitnessPal also records what exercises you’ve done and how many calories you’ve burned while doing them, so you can keep everything in one place and easily stay on top of your physical health.
Just like taking care of your body is important, maintaining and looking after your mental health is crucial to your happiness and overall health. We all know how incredibly stressful it is to juggle uni, work and adult responsibilities. Headspace takes some of that pressure off with its step-by-step meditation guides that help with sleeping patterns, insomnia, and anxiety. It’s also an epic brain workout that will get you ready for the upcoming uni year.
If your organisational skills need a bit of work, Wunderlist will change your life. It’s a virtual shopping list, calendar, appointment tracker, to-do list and notebook all in one place. It helps you out with reminders and notifications so you have no excuse for missing a deadline. You can also share lists with friends, family and housemates to integrate multiple busy schedules and make event planning ridiculously simple.
If you’re a uni student, UNiDAYS offers discount codes for hundreds of participating retailers. Shop online at Amcal Pharmacy, ASOS, Topshop and Sephora, or buy a Dell computer or Telstra phone plan and receive at least 10 per cent off. UNiDAYS may be the biggest perk of holding a student ID, so give in to the consumer inside you and take full advantage. We won’t judge.
If you’re a young adult female, chances are Aunt Flo visits you every month and, in between visits, you’re having sex. Thankfully (seriously, thank you app developers), period trackers exist in abundance. Almost all of them will track when your next period is due, monitor your symptoms and moods, and help you work out your ovulation patterns and most fertile days.
Urbanspoon (by Zomato)
Run by Zomato, Urbanspoon is the easiest way to find restaurants near you that suit your budget and taste in cuisine. With restaurant reviews and ratings, you’ll know what to expect when you’re heading out without doing hours of pointless Googling. It will also make you sound super hip and in-the-know when you’re recommending places to your friends. It’s a win-win.
Penny is a Philosophy and Media and Communications student at the University of Melbourne. She enjoys travelling, snacking, and not going to the gym.