In case you don’t know it yet, my MBTI type is ENTJ and my zodiac sign is Virgo. And if you’re familiar with characteristics of both, you can immediately conclude that my type is a little bit obsessed with working on projects, are neurotic perfectionists, can be consumed with something so easily and most of all VERY ANAL about organizing things.
Though these are not really your best bets when it comes to accurately describing anyone, these qualities actually ring true for me. Most, if not all of us, find it a little bit crippling if we go through the day without a to-do list. We do not run out of big ass creativity projects in our head that we’d like to get done some da. We’re not “winging it” type of people. We create list for all our lists, for Pete’s sakes.
In this write-up, I thought of sharing with you some of my favorite productivity apps that make my chaotic mind a lot calmer.
Wally Lite & Next. I first came to know of Wally through a college friend, and I have loved it since. It comes in two versions — Lite and Next, and I have used and enjoyed both. Wally is a simple but very helpful tool in keeping track of your income and expenses. It gives you percentages of where most of your expenses go, lets you set target savings for the month, and helps you calculate your budget for the day, as well as keep a photo of your receipt for reference.
Lite has a much simpler interface and commands, unlike Next which is a little more comprehensive with add-on features like different wallets, upcoming payments, split payments and such. Both are great apps, it just depends on how nitty-gritty and customization you want it to have.
For some people, Wally may not be the most advanced financial app in the store, but it sure is a great tool if you’re just starting out and want to have a better idea about your financial habits.
Eve. I might have included this in the list only because it’s the only female reproductive app that I’ve tried and kept. If I have to be honest, all of them look/function very much the same way. It helps you track your period each month, your sexual activity/ies, how heavy your flow is, symptoms, what’s stressing you out, if you’ve taken the pill, etc. The thing that sets this app apart for me is the interface and the community. It has simple, engaging UI and UX and a community of female-positive people who share tips, tricks and stories about anything female so it’s worth keeping on your phone. The best thing about apps such as these are being aware of your reproductive health, especially when you have to come and visit a gynecologist to consult about a condition.
My Pill. I know, Eve already has its own pill tracker, so why would I install another app just for my birth control pills, right? Well the thing is, I use Eve mostly for keeping track of my period, and other related details about my coochie. But My Pill is the simplest, most straightforward pill tracker app that I’ve come across. You can also track your doctor appointments, bleeding, water intake, etc. The main thing the app tracks is your pills — your active and inactive ones. It lets you know when it’s time to take the pill, or if you’re un/protected based on how consistent you are on taking it. You can also opt for the other methods of birth control like patch, IUD or injection AND you can also set the virtual pill bed to look like the one you’re using (for Premium users). This app is best for those who are regular contraceptive users.
Grid Diary/Journal. I think I will sound very odd when I say I use this app to track my food when I could’ve done that on MyFitnessPal, but the thing is I’m not in a strict, measured and calculated diet. I just needed a place to track down what I eat. Now this app is not limited to that use, of course. You can use it to track something that is specific to you since the grids are customizable — for example, what did you do that day, or what time did you sleep, what are the top three things you accomplished that day, etc. It’s a cute little app that feels like a slum book of questions incorporated in grids and it’s great for people who like jotting down their everyday happenings with a template to follow.
Todoist. Todoist works relatively the same way as Wunderlist, or every other to-do list app for that matter, or a mere pen and paper. What is the difference then? Todoist “rewards” you for to-dos that you’ve crossed out for the day and gives you karma points if you’ve sustained your target number of goals daily. It’s like giving a kid virtual chocolate candies or gold stars for completing tasks. You can also separate your tasks to different projects, create priority, sub-lists and best of all you can schedule these things to occur on a specific day or in repetition. It’s available on desktop use as well, and easily synchronizes with each other. I’ve lately discovered that it integrates with Google Calendar as well, which makes my weekly calendar easier to create.
Google Products. I’m talking about products like Photos, Drive, Doc, Excel, Presentation and Calendar. It’s all very convenient products that lets you access your files wherever and whenever, and you only need a stable WiFi connection/data. I’ve been a fan and a user since college as we heavily use it for whatever requirement we have for school. Google Photos have much crisper/cleaner-looking photos than other cloud storage softwares I’ve used; Google Doc, Excel and Presentation lets you edit documents with your workmates in real-time and lets you save the file in different formats according to your needs. Google Calendar has a clean, slightly playful interface that syncs with your email and calendar on the phone. And lastly, Google Drive allows you to store your important different sorts of files, access it anywhere or share it with someone.
Hootsuite. I’ve used Hootsuite for my marketing work before and it was very handy as I can schedule and plan my content ahead of time and do other tasks instead of waiting for that exact time and struggling to post it all at once. I find Hootsuite on desktop much easier to use than it’s mobile counterpart but what I love about this service is it allows you to use it for free if you’re only tracking three different social media platform, which is very neat if you’re just running a small business and couldn’t fend off much budget on acquiring apps like these. The great thing about having a social media content manager like these is you can plan ahead as well as you can track the insights and see how your posts are performing (if you use their premium services), which is very neat.
Constant Contact. Another app I often used when I was doing marketing work was Constant Contact. It is an app used for email marketing automation and is a slightly cheaper option compared to services like Mailchimp, but it is very easy to use and there are a lot you can do with it. Like Hootsuite, you can plan your content ahead of time and send it out to your clients at a specific date and time. It makes it easy for you to manage your email list by segregating them according to your liking, seeing their history of opening emails as well as keep their other details so it is handy. What I love about automation apps like these is it makes it easier for me to get insights such as tracking what kind of emails get opened the most, what time of the day works for people, etc.
Canva. I’ve learned about Canva back in college and have loved this app/service ever since. To explain it in short words, it is like Photoshop for Dummies. It is extremely easy to use, has lots of templates available for different needs such as for your social media posts, banners, brochures, infographics, etc; and has a very clean look. It is perfect for small businesses, newbie users (like me, LOL), and those who just need something quick and easy graphic. They also offer short tutorials as well as Canva for Work which allows you to create graphics for your brand and use it across different formats.
Pinterest. Technically not considered as a productivity app but rather a great search engine of things, Pinterest has been one of the go-to places for people looking for visual aid for their ideas. And I’ve been a user of Pinterest for that very same reason. Aside from social medias like Instagram or Youtube, Pinterest is where I go if I want to get new ideas for food to prepare, trends in fashion, visuals for a room or etc. It’s easy to group your photos in one folder to keep it very neat and it also suggests new photos that are based off of things you liked.
These are the essential apps I have on my phone to keep my productivity in shape. How about you? What apps do you have on your phone that keep you doing your level best?