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My favourite lifesaver every-day apps


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I have a tendency to swamp my schedule a lot. Just the other day, I was at the hair salon for three hours doing a balayage, and while I was there, I had two meetings and one conference call. Yes – I called my graphic designer to the salon while the colour was setting. This then, led me to the realisation that I would be nothing without my ability to multitask, aka – without my apps.

So, I thought I’d share my most precious app finds with you to kick off this Saturday. I use these every day, and find them incredibly useful to reduce my stress and keep my life more organised. Hopefully they’ll improve/streamline your life a bit too.

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First off is Fantastical. Fantastical is probably the app I use more than anything on my phone – en par with WhatsApp, I think. The app syncs with all your other calendar apps – iCal, Reminders, and even picks up on events mentioned your inbox, and creates a one-stop-shop for all your daily tasks and to-do’s. You can choose between making an entry as an event or a reminder, and the best difference between this and iCal is that the reminder doesn’t go away from your home screen until you actually complete it, whereas iCal reminders disappear once you’ve unlocked your phone once. Highly recommended for anyone who relies on scheduling their day in advance, and want to offload some of the ‘must do’s’ and ‘should do’s’ in a place you know it won’t get lost. Sync your app with phone and laptop and your life is forever improved! It also tells you when tasks and reminders are overdue – thank you, thank you.

 

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I came across this app quite recently while browsing through app store – Moodnotes. Their tagline is basically ‘capture your feelings, improve your thinking habits‘, and being someone who’s extremely passionate about mental health, this app is a god-sent. The app doesn’t have the purpose of sharing with anyone else than yourself – and possibly, if you’d like, your doctor. You upload your mood every day, at whatever frequency you wish, and thereby track of your thinking and mood patterns. I try to update once in the morning, and once in the night – it also gives you a daily dashboard where you can see the pattern and summary, and you can add details about your mood, such as % of anxiety, calmness, frustration, fear, excitement, self-conciousness, and so on. The app is really useful to just track your thoughts, just the way we track our exercise or food intake. Being a naturally anxious person, this app has become super important to me. It teaches you your triggers and reminds you stay away from (or face) them.

 

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Trello is an app for people who work a lot through tasks and projects. The app is brilliant when you need to organise and prioritise your work, and you can build awesome work-flows for things where you need to complete one thing before you get onto the next task. I’ll explain… For example, for my clients: Board 1 can be a list of potential clients I want to reach out to, board 2 is clients I have scheduled a meeting with, board 3 is confirmed/onboarded clients, board 4 is the list of clients which I have sent a proposal to, and so on. Each flow can get as big-picture or as micro-detailed as you wish for it to be. I feel like this app would be ideal for anyone working as an entrepreneur, or more specifically, in event management.

 

Three more apps I recommend to organise your business/daily work –

  • Slack – for communication with your clients, employees, partners and more (literally can’t live without it)
  • Asana – to track and manage your own or your team’s work (I have done two years worth of research on project management tools, and trust me when I say, Asana is the best software out there. Flow and Zoho are also decent if you want to try something different – Zoho is especially good for app building and bug tracking if you’re in the app development space)
  • Wally – for keeping track of your personal expenses and savings

 

I hope that some or all of it is somewhat useful to you! If anything, Fantastical is a game-changer.

Do you have any apps which you use on the daily?

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