Tech companies love to change the world and the five apps I鈥檓 strongly encouraging you to download聽this week聽are no different. Their novel approach to the every day will聽turn your to do list into a regular resolution roster, make you a smarter shopper, get聽you bilingual in no time and聽transform you into the thoughtful thank you note writer you always knew you could never be without the help of a smart app that does the work for you. Get excited, fellow nerds and download these five apps asap:


1. Punkpost: Handwritten notes shouldn鈥檛 have to be a thing of the past, but pulling out ye olde quill to pen thoughtful thank yous and thinking of yous aren鈥檛 always the New Year鈥檚 resolution we succeed in (that 30 day plank challenge tho鈥). Halfway through that once-new year, it鈥檚 time to meet Punkpost 鈥 your new BFF. Your new, smart, funny, thoughtful, artsy, really good-looking BFF who wants to remind you it鈥檚 your mom鈥檚 bday, so-and-so鈥檚 graduation and your boo鈥檚 first day of work, and then write and mail those handwritten notes *for* you in the time it takes you to text. Type in the greeting, pick from one of their gorgeous, handmade, letterpressed cards and the cute makers behind the app will聽hand-transcribe the message and send you a pic of the 鈥榖out-to-be-mailed memo. They can鈥檛 call grandma for you, but they鈥檒l write her a letter so you don鈥檛 have to ring her up and answer questions about why you鈥檙e still single.

DL It: Free on iOS


2. MikMak: Anything that tells me to 鈥渨atch laugh shop鈥 is speaking in a language I understand and MikMak is making online shopping a binge watch-worthy experience right on your smartphone. You didn鈥檛 know your shopping app needed a sense of humor until you download this, which serves up 鈥渕inimercials鈥 aka short 鈥榥鈥 snappy, fresh 鈥榥鈥 funny informational videos about each of the products they鈥檙e selling. Everything is under $100 and everything is something you鈥檒l want to own or buy for your cool friend/sister/lover/brother.

DL It: Free on iOS


3. Yerdle: Speaking of shopping, Yerdle wants you to do less of it 鈥 specifically 25% less 鈥斅燽ut more of the good, smart, reuse-recycle-reduce kind. The app is more about a movement than a simple download, encouraging users to join its 鈥淯nshopping Challenge,鈥 a call to action to stop buying new things for 30 days. Use the app to upload and list pictures of things you don鈥檛 want anymore but want to find a good home for and say bye to impulse shopping and unnecessary waste long after that month of mindful purchasing is up.

DL It: Free on Android and iOS


4. Streaks: Good habits have to start somewhere and this new download just might be the place. A to do list that wants to actually help you do more, Streaks lets you track up to six tasks you want to complete every day whether they be fitness related or creativity focused, like writing a few pages of that manuscript, practicing a new instrument or taking a photo. 鈥淪treaks鈥 refer to tasks you complete consecutively day after day and you鈥檒l be able to track which ones you do for long periods of time (go, you!). Aesthetically speaking, the app is pretty beautiful allowing you to customize the color and choose from a bunch of cute af icons.

DL It: $4.99 on iOS, sign up here if you want it on Android


5. Lingvist: If you have 200 hours to kill over the next couple months, (hey, maybe you could add this to your Streaks app!) you could learn a new language with the help of this popular website-turned-app. Using words and phrases that are 鈥渟tatistically relevant鈥 and actually used every day 鈥斅爏o, no 鈥渨here is the library?鈥 here we鈥檙e guessing 鈥 and tech that adapts to your progress, Lingvist will help you add a new language to your rez in the shortest possible time. For free! Currently you can learn how to speak French (if you already speak English or Russian or Eesti) or to speak English (if you speak French or Russian), with more languages coming soon.

DL It: Free on Android and iOS

What was your favorite app download this week? Share your newest DLs below!