Once upon a time, you could apparently tell all you needed to know about a person from their medicine cabinet. These days, I would argue that you can find out anything you want to know behind the lock screen of their phone!
If that’s the case, then here’s an insight into my digital world – regular addictions, unused apps and all. I’ve grouped by category rather than addiction level, so y’all can skip to the parts that interest you the most.
Personal Wellbeing Apps
Headspace – Like I said in my last post, Headspace is so integral to my daily wellbeing. If I haven’t been using it regularly (like now, for instance) then I definitely notice a decrease in focus, and a dip in my overall mood
Downdog – I’m a big fan of yoga, but I’m not a big fan of the pricetag when I want to get my fix. Downdog is a great little app with free and paid membership levels, and it offers a lot of variety within the practices themselves. It does use photos rather than video to illustrate the poses, so it may not be the best app for an absolute beginner, but if you’ve been to a couple of classes and you’re familiar with the basics, this is a godsend.
Zombies, Run! – You like zombies? You like running? Have I got the app for you! (the running part is optional). Zombie’s, Run has been around for a few years now, and if you’re a reluctant runner like me, then it’s a total game-changer. This app has been created in incredible, loving, nerdy detail and sees you join in the action as ‘Runner Five’ for a surviving outpost. It syncs with your music to keep that heart rate pumping, and plays short radio communications between songs as the story unfolds. You also pick up items as you run, which are used to fortify your little human stronghold. Zombies, Run is like the best possible mix of radio play and exercise app, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Jillian Michaels – Ahh Jillian. I’ve loved to hate her since I used to swipe my Mum’s workout DVDs in high school. This app is great for compiling a varied workout routine without having to head to the gym (and it stops me from just fast-forwarding through the tough bits on the DVD). I currently pay about $5AUD for this one a month, which I think is totally worth it, but I believe the price may have gone up a little since I signed up.
Fitbit – I obviously spend a lot of time in front of a computer, so having a subtle reminder to get up and move a little is the only thing between me and a giant couch potato Abbie. Even if I’m only running on the spot in my bedroom to get those step numbers up, at least fitbit is prompting me to do something.
Forest – I’m calling it – sometimes getting away from your phone is the best possible thing you can do for your personal wellbeing. Forest lets you plant a tiny tree – the longer you stay away from your phone, the more it grows! As you grow more trees, the Forest team works with Trees for the Future to help grow forests in the real world as well.
Money Management Apps
Acorns – Ahh Acorns. How much do I love you? Let me count the ways. But seriously though, Acorns is one of my favourite apps for making the most of my money. It works by rounding up every day transactions and depositing the small change in a share portfolio. I love that it sneaks the money away without me noticing AND gives it a chance to grow once it’s gone. If you’re in Australia and you want to try Acorns for yourself, head here for $5 to get you started.
Goodbudget – Goodbudget is a handy app I’ve discovered to keep my banking under control. Instead of having literally a bazillion bank accounts, I create virtual envelopes instead. This way, I can see at a glace if I’ve got rent stockpiled and spending money left, or if I should really skip the brunch this week.
Social Media Apps
Pinterest / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook – Again, for the obsessive stalking when I should be doing literally anything else. The problem with working with social media is that I can talk myself into believing that any time I spend procrastinating on these is technically ‘work time’. I know, I’m working on it.
Preview – There are lots of apps to help you organise your instagram feed, but I like the simplicity of this one (also VSCO scares me). I feel like my instagram can resemble a hot mess, but at least I try and make it a semi-organised hot mess with Preview! It also helps me keep track of the photos I want to post ‘at some point’ (just not today).
Snapseed – Again, there are so many apps to edit photos in-phone. I never really do much to a photo before I post it, but I’ve been playing around with this app recently to make a few tweaks, and so far I think it’s a keeper. Nice simple interface, and so many new tools to play with!
WordPress – For the blogging, obvs
Day-to-day Awesome Apps
Mobisle Notes – Just what it says on the label – a super basic note-taking app. It backs itself up so you don’t loose your notes if you need to uninstall the app (or change phones), which means I have notes on the bad boy that go back yeeeaaarrrsss. Super useful for jotting down thoughts or reminders on the go
Audible – I resisted Audible for so long, but now I’m totally hooked. Not all books make a great audiobook, but the ones that do can take on a whole extra element when they’re brought to life by a good narrator- you may have noticed some of my recent listening cropping up in my Reading Roundups over the last few months. Audible is great for listening on the go, and at around $15 a pop, it can be cheaper than buying the book new. One other unexpected benefit is the in-app ‘Sleep Timer’. I am a notorious bed time reader. If I start a good book before bed, you can bet I’m going to be finishing it, even if that involves reading through the night (and it usually does). The Sleep Timer means I can start a book, put my phone away from the bed, and wind down with some ‘reading’ without the curse of ‘just one more chapter’.
Podcast Addict – There’s probably dozens of podcast apps for every device – this is just the first usable one I discovered and it’s served me well so far. If you’re looking for a new series, I’m currently skipping between Stuff Mom Never Told you, The Actor CEO, and Where’s Warren Beatty When You Need Him. Check them out!
Spotify – Because music! And as much as I love my old ipod classic with its 160gb of music storage, sometimes being able to connect to my bluetooth headphones and listen to anything released later than about 2012 is also a good thing.
Google Trips – Am I the only one who had no idea this app existed? While it’s definitely not the perfect trip planning app, I’ve just booked flights to Europe for later this year (cue screaming) and at the moment I’m having so much fun searching and pin-dropping all of the things I can do while I’m over there. Having the locations synced with google maps should be a bonus, particularly when I can download them for offline use. I’m still not 100% satisfied with Trips so far though, so you’ve got a favourite trip-planner, please let me know down below!
Powershop – Aussies, this one is for you! These guys have been my go-to for power for years now, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. So why’s it on my app list? Because with Powershop you can buy power in advance and track your daily usage in-app – such a great alternative to the dreaded quarterly bills.
‘I’ll Get Around to Using One Day’ Apps
Good on You – I will use this one soon, I swear! The fact that it’s been gathering dust on my phone for months is an indication of how little time I spend shopping for clothes these days. Good On You has a database to check a brand’s ethical and environmental practices before you purchase, and can recommend other brands that you may like. I’m so into all of this
Duolingo – See my silent excited screaming above. It’s time to brush up on the high school French!
Lumosity – Because apparently it will make me smarter, or something like that? I’m not sure, but if it’s going to help my focus, I’m on board
The Rock Clock – This is an alarm clock, released by the Rock himself. And it’s hilarious, as expected. The app seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth, which is why I haven’t linked it, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it when I say that one day soon I’ll get back around to waking up with The Rock serenading me. It’s ridiculous and wonderful (but unfortunately doesn’t come with a snooze button)
Do you have an app you can’t live without? I’d love to hear it!