9 apps that get me through the day
We all live on our phones, but as a blogger and editor it’s even more of a necessity. Rather than being glued to it 24/7, I’m making a conscious effort to limit my screen time and only use it when I have to. We’re all guilty of checking it every five seconds, right?
This list doesn’t include guilty pleasures (Pokemon Go – because I’ve only recently had a phone that can support it – talk about late to the party) but the apps that I access on a daily basis, and the reasons why they are my go-tos.
I don’t think I could live without this app. For those of you that don’t know, Clue is a period tracker. Some of you may wonder why you need one but you may not have experienced the horror and panic that occurs when a period arrives unexpectedly. Since using Clue I’ve recognised patterns about my body and my cycle, like my boobs hurt before it starts and that the week before I can expect to feel lower than low.
I am glued to Spotify. It plays in my car and when I am at my desk, and I vary rarely stray from my trusty custom-built podcast. I rarely put my music on shuffle, if ever, because I like to know what’s coming next and that I can skip to one of my favourites next. I do pay for premium but the songs I’ve picked are so important to me I like to listen without interruptions.
I used to avoid checking my bank balance like the plague, but the only way to become more fiscally responsible is a) start using words like fiscal (I’m joking) and b) actually know what your money situation is like. I open my banking app on a daily basis and organise my money first thing – seeing what’s left to go out, what’s come in and sending small amounts to different savings accounts. I think my mum would be proud.
I don’t think I’m alone when I say that WhatsApp is the main way I stay in touch with my nearest and dearest. My sister is in another country and my mum and dad are usually in some far-flung country so WA is an absolute must for staying in touch. Plus the little blue ticks help you keep tabs on who’s ignoring you – I know I’m not the only one.
All bloggers know the importance of Twitter. Facebook is full of memes and the Instagram algorithm is slowly torturing up-and-coming bloggers, but Twitter (at least for now) is still some resemblance of normal. In the broadest sense of the word, of course. I find Twitter to be the most supportive and engaging, and where my “following” is growing the most. It’s also where I go to see what people are saying about events and latest news.
While Twitter may be the first place I go to see breaking news, reliable sources are also a part of my everyday life – blame the journalist in me. I like to stay up-to-date with what’s going on in the world and get breaking news notifications to my phone and check apps at least once a day.
7. Insight Timer
If I could use one word to describe this app it would probably be ‘lifesaver’. As someone who suffers from anxiety and struggles to sleep, this meditation app has really helped improve things. After a long and tough day, my go-to sleep meditation has me zonked out in no time.
I’ll hold my hands up and admit that I’ve fallen off the wagon recently with my languages. I have a high school level of French that I am trying to improve, and I started attempting Italian through Duolingo. It’s incredibly helpful and easy to follow. The only problem is being lazy.
Thought podcasts were a thing of the past? Think again. The podcasting world has exploded recently and I don’t think I could get through a working day or a commute without listening to one or two. Come to think of it, that’s given me inspo for a blog post idea on my fave podcasts…