What did we do before apps came about? In my Blackberry smartphone days, I remember one of the biggest challenges for Blackberry users was the lack of great apps that iPhone had for its users, and there was no counterpart for us. I was anti-iPhone back then because the Blackberry was a Canadian product. When it was time to upgrade, I begrudgingly chose the iPhone. I hated the touch screen. It took me at least ten minutes to just enter my username and password for iTunes. But, oh, which app to download first?
The one app I wanted most in those days was definitely, hands-down, Shazam. I was forever wishing I knew what song was playing when I was out and about. I was thrilled when I finally had a smartphone that supported it.
I’m sharing 5 apps that I can’t live without, and you shouldn’t either. They can really improve your day overall:
- Google Apps. Being a freelancer, I am always on the go, and sometimes I need access to my files on Google Drive, or Google Keep. Having these apps installed on my smartphone definitely make things easier when I’m on the go. If a potential client wants to check out my terms and conditions, it’s at my fingertips, literally.
- Social media apps. Whatever platform is your favourite, it should be on your phone. You don’t need them all. Pick one or two and install them on your phone. If the power ever goes out, you can still post an update about it.
- Workflowy. Workflowy is a bullet journal type of app that you can log into on your PC or laptop, and have on your smartphone. They sync back and forth and Workflowy is great for lists of all kinds. If you’re out and think of a great idea for an article to write, or need to add an item to a list of things to discuss with your colleague, this app is a great tool for jotting these ideas down and keeping them handy.
- PayPal. This app is not only handy to have on your smartphone, it’s also come a long way since its early days. You can now directly send a money transfer request to someone’s email, buy gift cards to use in online stores (think Amazon and Indigo), and many websites accept this method of payment for products and services. Having this convenient app will make transactions much easier.
- Slacker Radio. I love music and I am way more productive with it playing in the background. I can feel the stress disappearing while getting the work done on time. Slacker is a free app, but you may want to splurge on the $3.99/month package that removes all ads and videos, plus allows you to search for specific songs or artists, with unlimited song skips (the free version offers 6 per hour). I’ve found it’s the cheapest music app out there and with their great channel selection, there’s something for everyone.
With today’s technology, it’s a relief to know that there are so many awesome productivity options out there to help us get organized and be more productive in our day. Not to mention all the apps that not only make life easier but more enjoyable.