Sticking with the theme of productivity this week, I thought I’d share with you the Apps that I’m loving right now. Working full time and running two blogs/a business is hard work. I need to be as organised as possible all the time. As I’m out and about a lot, I rely on Apps on my phone to keep me organised and make the most of my “free time”.
So, in no particular order, these are the Apps that help me manage my life:
Okay, okay, I know this isn’t really an App as it just exists on your phone but I couldn’t live without the calendar on my phone. It’s linked through to my work emails and Outlook calendar too which means that everything is shown centrally here. That makes it perfect for planning nights out and for scheduling blog posts – knowing what commitments I have at work on any given day will give me an indication of how much time I’ll have in the evening to blog.
The Social Networks
Another really obvious one but I have Apps for all my social media accounts on my phone. Facebook, Facebook Pages, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest are my main ones. Being able to keep up to date with what’s going on throughout the day means that I don’t have to dedicate hours on “catching up” in the evening. It’s also good practice to stay engaged with my readers regularly throughout the day to avoid simply spamming them with automated messages.
This is more of a peace of mind App for me. I schedule all my social media updates for the week ahead on a Sunday using Hootsuite but I like having the App on my phone so that I can check what is scheduled whilst I’m out and about just to make sure none of my “natural updates” clash with, or take the attention away from the scheduled marketing posts.
I usually get inspiration for new blog posts at the strangest of times…on the tube, when I’m out running etc. I used to just jot some notes down in the notepad on my phone and bulk them out into full blog posts later on. Then I realised that I was just wasting time so I downloaded the WordPress App and just made the notes as a draft post.
WordSwag is an amazing for making images with text that are perfect for Instagram. You can select from the image library on there or you can use your own photos. Then you can add your own text or choose quotes from a catalogue that’s split out into different themes. Finally, you can edit by choosing between different fonts, text layouts and colours. This app lets you save the image to your camera roll or upload it to your social media accounts directly.
This is was isn’t necessarily an app that will help you get stuff done but, if like me, you find it hard to find time to sit down and read, having the kindle app in your hand at all times is a dream come true. Nothing to do during your commute? Waiting in line somewhere? Get some reading done love!
I primarily use Evernote on my laptop but I also have it on my phone. You can use it to take notes, create to-do lists and save things you find online. The best part is that the app syncs with your laptop so you can access everything everywhere.
1password has to be one of the most useful apps ever invented. You can store all of your login details to everything in one place! Whilst I try to stick to the same password for most things, there’s lots of variations of it depending on what the site required my password to contain.
As a blogger, I love to keep up with my favourite blogs when I’m out and about. Bloglovin also helps me track my stats and new followers (which I’m a little obsessed with). It’s a super easy app to use and means that I can read and save blog posts as and when they are published . This beats trying to trawl through my Twitter feed to find them when I get home.
Wunderlist is a beautiful organisational app. You can create to-do lists and manage tasks all in one place in different categories and folders. What’s also great is that you can share your lists with other people and you can both work on and tick off things from the same list (fantastic when it comes to your food shopping list and the OH gets to the supermarket before you have chance!)
You probably have most of these apps already but to make the most of them you have to use them. And I mean really use them. Research the functions of each app and utilise every part that is helpful to you.
Do you swear by any apps to get you through life? Let me know in the comments below.
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