In a world where technology is advancing at break-neck speed, it’s now possible to have your whole life contained in one device. Whether it’s on your phone or a tablet, we are becoming more and more dependent on our electronic devices and apps to keep our schedules and day-to-day lives organised. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is another post entirely!
The apps I’m sharing with you today are ones that I feel are a bit lesser-known and there are no “stock” apps on my list. I use all of these apps on a regular basis. I have an iPhone 6S so I download all my apps from the Apple App Store but as far as I know, all the ones I’ve listed here are also available on Google Play.
Coletto Calender – The decision to include this app in my list is purely aesthetic. Coletto Calendar isn’t all that different from the Apple calendar that comes with the iPhone but it’s a lot prettier. It’s very straight-forward and it synchronises with your phone and other planning apps you might be using so your whole life can be easily accessible in one place. This app is free.
Calm – I’ve talked about this app a little bit before in my post about managing stress and anxiety (you can read that here). This app has music and nature sounds (wind, rain, crickets etc) which are great for helping you to get off to sleep if that’s what you’re struggling with. If that’s not your thing, you can try their sleep stories which are all read by a person with THE most soothing voice.
I find the guided meditation really helpful – all you need to do is take 10 minutes per day to do it. I tend to listen while I’m lying in bed to help me wind down. This is because my heart tends to race at night and I need the meditation to slow it down.
The app is free to download and with the free version you can access most of the basic features but if you really want to get the most out of the app – it costs £9.99 per month.
Goodreads – Goodreads is effectively a free social network for readers. You can link up with other people who like the same type of books as you. There are opportunities to enter regular giveaways – and who doesn’t love a freebie?! It’s a fun way to keep track of what you’ve read and books you’d like to read in the future. At the beginning of each year you can set yourself a “Reading Challenge” – unfortunately I’m falling so far behind my target for the year but at 52 books a year – I think I was being a tad unrealistic!
Songkick – Songkick is one of my all-time favourite apps. You can “follow” your favourite bands and artists on there and the app will let you know when they’re coming to a city near you. One of the coolest features of the Songkick app is that you can link it to your Spotify account – so you get a notification straight away as soon as any of the bands you’ve been listening to announce a gig in your area. You can also set more than one location, for example, my account is set for Belfast and Dublin because there are some bands and artists I would be willing to make the trip for!
Canva – I use Canva to make the graphics I use to promote my blog on social media and for the featured images on each of my posts.
Canva is free and has a lot of free and/or cheap stock images and templates that you can use if you, like me, are not a graphic designer! It’s a brilliant piece of kit for beginners and the app itself is very slick, so it’s easy to share your freshly made graphics on any and all social media. Normally I use Canva on my laptop but it’s really handy to have on your phone if you’re on the go and you need to get your graphics finished quickly.
Pinterest – What? Pinterest is not a blogging app I hear you say! I suppose this is technically true but it’s excellent at helping to generate traffic to your blog through posting your own pins with links to your blog posts. Granted, it does require a lot of effort and many, many re-pins per day but it’s good fun and the rewards make it worth it. I downloaded Pinterest for the first time a few years ago but I didn’t really use it as I didn’t understand the purpose but my blog has made me see the site with new eyes and now I wouldn’t be without it!
You can follow me and my boards on Pinterest here.
Depop – Depop is an online marketplace where people can sell their old or unwanted items for a reduced price, similar to eBay. This app has got a lot more popular in recent years and it’s a really good way to make and save money. If you’re buying an item from an unknown seller, it’s recommended that you use PayPal to ensure that your payment details are kept private.
The only thing that I wouldn’t advise you to buy on Depop is cosmetics as there are a LOT of fakes going around and you don’t necessarily know exactly what is in the product you’re buying. Without a receipt for proof of purchase, you can’t prove that what you’re buying is genuine.
Let me know about any apps that you can’t live without by leaving a comment below. If you try any of my recommendations, let me know what you think!