These days everyone wants the newest greatest thing available but I’m a sucker for things that last the test of time. There are some things I’ve had for ages that I keep using. For example my Easy-Yo yogurt maker. We’re hard yogurt lovers and this thing saves us so much money and the yogurt is insanely delicious. It’s just a thing I use a lot and I feel like I should mention these things to people because they’re pretty freaking cool.
I’m the same with apps. I tend to not talk much about them but I use apps every day and just because they’re not exactly new apps, doesn’t mean everyone has heard of them.
Here are some not so new apps I’m still using and loving.
1. Long Day
I’ve had Long Day for quite a while now and I adore it. I use it conjunction with TimePage to schedule my work times during the day. If I give myself an hour to complete a task, I’ll get it done in that time. It’s such a lifesaver for me because I keep my own hours. It helps me to stop myself getting unnecessarily immersed in a task and spending hours doing something should really only take 20 mins.
I’ve tried every diet under the sun and honestly most of them are pretty great. I did Weight Watchers a few years ago and it was ace, as was Michelle Bridges. It’s all good, solid stuff for people who want to lose weight. I’ve been doing F45 for about a year now and I’m currently on week 4 of their challenge and it’s really awesome. The app is a huge part of that though – I have all my meals and recipes on my phone when I need them and the tracking system is really intuitive. The app is a teeny bit glitchy at times but it’s pretty good most of the time. It’s one of the best fitness plan apps I’ve come across. Love it.
3. AusPost App
Mr Smaggle had to convince me hard to get this app but it’s so worth it. I have a parcel locker number at my local PO and I used to just go in with the email to open my locker but that system fell to shit with the Vision In Blue Blanket project. Because I was receiving about 5 parcels a day, I just got too many emails and reminders and I had no idea how many parcels I was supposed to pick up. The app shows you which parcels need picking up and which ones you’ve already picked up so you don’t have to sift through days of emails figuring out which ones are notifications and which ones are reminders.
I had a really hard time with Acorns the first time I tried to use it but I switched banks and it’s working perfectly now. It just rounds up every purchase I make to the nearest dollar and invests that extra money into my little online portfolio with them. It’s like a really sophisticated way of collecting gold coins and you get extra interest money on top of that. So good.
This is Mr Smaggle’s organiser app and I honestly can’t use anything else now. It gives me little alerts when I need to be places or have meetings. It’s also just beautifully designed and it’s a pleasure to use.
I use this to book my F45 classes and it’s great. Lost of gyms, health centres and massage places use MindBody. You can book into most things without calling people and you can pay on the spot. I love it because I travel so much and I can always find a local F45 or gym through MindBody and lots of places offer rad discounts through the app too.
We have a family AppleMusic account and it’s so worth it. I have my Bose headphones on all day, every day and I need white noise to keep me on task. AppleMusic has daily playlists I love and I’ve also uploaded this epic playlist my best mate made me for my birthday last year. I’m also discovering new music which is really cool. It’s not been a big thing for me up until I had AppleMusic (I was much more of a play-The-Phantom-of-The-Opera-on-repeat, kind of a gal) and I’m loving it. Makes me feel like I’m a part of the cool crowd. I listen to ‘bands’ now. Bands.
I had no idea there was a Netflix app until a few months ago and I randomly installed it on my phone before a flight to Indonesia. Thank god because there was no TV on the plane and I had the foresight to download a season of Rupaul’s Drag Race. Totally saved my butt. Sometimes if we’re on a long road trip I’ll pop an episode on while I’m crocheting in the car. I’m kind of against the idea of the take-it-with-you-anywhere TV concept but it’s not like I’m watching TV shows while I’m out for dinner. Dire circumstances only. Like if the doctor is running an hour behind or I have an unscheduled overnight stop over.
AppleMusic is perfect for almost all kinds of work but I love Coffitivity for working with numbers. I have to do lots of reporting and spreadsheet style projects in my line of work and for some reason music just puts me off. The ambient sound of rustling coffee just gets my head in the right space for numbers.