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7 Must-Download Apps to Streamline Your Daily Routine

With all the open storage on your mobile device and so many apps to choose from—nearly a million in Apple’s iPhone store alone—it’s no surprise your phone is weighed down with distractions and gimmicks you don’t really need. The solution? Maintain a small, well-curated collection of tools and weapons for your touch screen that will actually serve you well. Here are seven of our favorites to help you streamline your routine and simplify your life.

Wake up well-rested.
Getting out of bed becomes a lot easier with the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock, which analyzes your sleep and wakes you up at the optimal time in your lightest sleep phase.

Track your morning run.
Nike+ Running records your distance, speed, location, and calories burned whenever you set out for a jog.

Plan your outfits ahead of time.
With StyleBook, you can upload the contents of your closet to mix and match your clothes without having to try them on. You can also plan outfits in advance (think an upcoming pitch meeting, or Thursday evening social plans).

Make a weight loss plan and stick to it.
Forget about cleanses and fad diets. The Lose It! app lets you set a daily calorie budget and tracks your consumption and exercise.

Never forget anything.
Come up with a great business idea in the shower? See a fresh pair of kicks on your walk to work? Evernote records and organizes all your random thoughts and to-do’s, plus syncs them across mobile devices and your computer. (Just wait till you’re out of the shower to jot down those Eureka! moments.)

Simplify meal time.
If there’s one guy out there to whom we feel confident handing over our daily food fate, it’s New York Times columnist Mark Bittman. His app How to Cook Everything features over 2,000 easy recipes perfect for any the man on the go.

Shave down time spent shopping.
With the (highly addictive) Gilt shopping app, you can surf for cheap designer duds from anywhere—whether that’s on your morning commute or waiting in line for lunch.

And, of course, the most crucial of routine-streamlining of apps, Birchbox mobile, which offers subscribers on-the-go access to their account so they can track their box, discover new products, shop for favorites, watch videos, and read articles.

Bobby Schuessler

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