Today I want to talk about my most used phone applications, including the ones that I use most for blogging as well as in my personal life.
I do try to limit my screen time, but like most other people today, I am on my phone a lot.
The cool thing is, there are so many apps that help with productivity and tracking progress, and that’s what most of my frequently used apps help me with.
Here’s a list of my go-tos and what I love about them.
Notes – The notes app is standard on iPhones and I’m sure there’s an equivalent on other phones, as well.
As a writer, I use the Notes app to take down random ideas or inspiration all the time.
I use Siri to create notes while I’m driving so i won’t lose a good thought, and I even write some blog posts on here while on the go and then transfer them to my laptop to add into WordPress when I’m ready to finalize and post.
This app is free and easy to use, and is continuously getting more advanced, which I think is pretty cool for a standard phone app.
Instagram – As much as I complain about social media, I do love Instagram.
I like being able to see little snippets of people’s lives and am always surprised by the photography skills of some of my friends and acquaintances.
I like Instagram better than other social media apps like Facebook and Twitter. I feel lien people just use those to complain or be nasty to others these days, and it’s a little easier to ignore that stuff on Instagram.
I also just like posting and browsing pictures of outfits and other lifestyle inspiration that people I follow post.
I definitely have not had as much time as usual for Instagram lately, but I do enjoy using it for both blogging and personal purposes.
Goodreads – Those of you who read regularly are probably familiar with this app, but if you aren’t then you should definitely check it out!
Goodreads is an awesome community, reading tracker, and review system for readers all rolled into one.
It allows you to rate books you read and see ratings from others if you’re considering a book.
It allows you to keep lists (i.e., shelves) of your read, to be read, and currently reading titles and has challenges that you can set for yourself; Goodreads is what I used to track my 50 book reading challenge last year.
Another cool thing about Goodreads is that a lot of authors get involved with it, so I’ll occasionally get emails about virtual Q&A sessions with my favorite writers or other updates directly from them.
Nike+ Run Club – I’ve been using this app for almost 10 years and, although it has changed a lot over time, it’s still my favorite run tracking app.
I find it super easy to use, plus it has all of my running data (and all of my PRs) from throughout the years.
My favorite feature on the app is that your friends can send you “cheers” in real time when you go on a run and you literally hear cheering cut into your headphones at random times throughout your workout.
It’s so fun and motivating.
Shoptagr – I recommended this in a previous post about saving money while shopping, and I still think it’s such a great app to have.
I hate paying full price for things, so if I see something I really like I save it on the app (super easy to do once you download it) and I get notifications about it from then on!
The app notifies you if something is low in stock/out of stock, back in stock, and on sale.
I just got some great new shoes this weekend because the app notified me that they finally went on sale; I may have had to wait a couple of weeks, but I got the exact pair of shoes I wanted without having to pay full price for them.
Ebates – This is another app I wrote about in my save while shopping post, and have buzzed to my family and friends about for a couple of years now.
Ebates is an app that you use to shop, or a browser extension you can add, that track what you buy and gives you cash back on purchases from qualifying stores.
It’s a free and easy way to get additional discounts on things you want to buy!
Those shoes I mentioned buying this weekend? I got them for 30% off from Macy’s thanks to Shoptagr notifying me that there was a sale, and then got an additional 10% cash back from Ebates.
All of that discount came just from downloading a couple of apps on my phone…so awesome.
PicMonkey – So, I prefer to keep it as real as possible whenever possible, but sometimes you have to do a little photo editing for your blog.
My editing app of choice is PicMonkey, which I found by reading through a few lists of the best apps for bloggers.
It was an app that I had to buy in the app store; the only one on this list that requires payment, but it wasn’t expensive and it’s been useful to me since starting this blog.
The app is great for adjusting lighting, color, and adding some cool filters or effects
Pinterest – I can’t even count the number of amazing tips I have found on Pinterest, especially while planning my wedding.
Between my husband and I building a house, me being a Matron of Honor for my sister, and me constantly needing creative stimulation for my job, Pinterest has been a bottomless well of information and inspiration for me.
I can get caught up and spend hours poring through all of the great posts and pins, but my favorite thing about Pinterest is that I’m not just killing time on it, I’m actually finding things that will help me with what’s going on in my life.
There are a bunch more apps that I use regularly, but I think seven is a good amount to highlight for now.
All of these help me be productive in some way, and I’m happy to know that a lot of the time I spend on my phone is used to get things done.
It’s so important to relax and be able to do things that you enjoy, but it’s also important to spend the necessary time on your responsibilities.
It’s all about balance, and I’m glad that my cell phone and the apps that I use every day help me find a balance between work and play. <3 🙂