I love apps. More specifically, I love apps that revolve around productivity or creativity. I always think that the next app I download will be the one that will make me the most productive and creative person it’s possible to be. Mainly, they don’t. After all, apps are just software, not digital miracles.
That said, there are a lot of apps that do make me more productive and more creative. Some I use obsessively for a couple of weeks, others stick around much longer. I wanted to blog about five apps that I use every day, and have been doing for a long while.
I’ve spent years looking for the perfect to do list app. I tried a lot of different ones, but none of them quite did what I wanted them to. Enter Nozbe. I’ve stuck with this app for around ten months now, which is a long time in app-years. I probably only use a fraction of the available options, but it does what I want it to do brilliantly. It has also totally cured me of my to do list app compulsion, which is definitely a good thing!
Psst; I’ve blogged about Nozbe and how I use it here.
I use an iPhone, my husband prefers Android. In smartphone terms, this makes us pretty incompatible. Luckily, there are ways to make the two systems work together, particularly when it comes to our schedules. We share calendars in Google Calendar, and CalenMob is the best app I’ve found for using G-Cal on apple devices (in my experience, iCal doesn’t work as well). I use the pro version to avoid the adverts.
I mainly use social media for work. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy it, because I do, but I have made a conscious decision over the last year to live more of my life offline than on. Saying that, I do have as much of a desire as the next person to occasionally take photos of my family and my food and share it with friends. I’ve kept my Instagram account private with just a handful of followers so I can share to my heart’s content without worrying about what potential clients might think of my fourth cake photo in a row.
Ah, Toggl. I don’t remember how I decided that timing myself working might make me more productive, but I’m very glad I did. Because, well, it does. Timing my work with Toggl helps me to focus on one task, waste less time, prioritise billable work, and get better at estimating and quoting.
Psst; you can read more about how I use toggl to work smarter here.
When Google Reader shut down, I was pretty gutted about it. Luckily, it only took me a week or two to discover Feedly, which emerged in its place. I’ve been using it ever since. I love how easy it is to use, I love the clean design, and I love being able to curate content and create a reading experience that inspires me.
I may regret asking this question… but go on, fuel my addiction: what apps do you use every day?