My Daily Apps

This is a list of applications that I use everyday. Some of them are websites, available with cross-platform apps.

Each day I use a range of applications (or apps), each with a useful purpose, such as; tracking health, recording thoughts, storing information, communicating and primarily keeping me organised in many different areas of life. I have been using a number of apps for a long time and it has become a completely normal process and part of daily routine to have them open or to login and track progress. I thought it would be interesting to share the apps that I currently use and compare them in the future (plus, I am also interested to know what apps you use).  :sun:

1. Todoist – Free

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Todoist is an app that allows you to create a todo list and manage all of your projects, awesomely.

It is also one of the best apps that I have ever used. For a long time I was resistant to use an application to keep track of daily tasks, (possibly because of privacy issues) but I am glad that I decided to use it. I use Todoist for a whole range of things, such as; everyday tasks, birthdays, University deadlines, domain renewals, life events, appointments, bill reminders. Basically, it covers just about every aspect of my life and assists me to keep organised and focussed. Being able to tick items off and easily schedule events is just so easy. I like that I am able to sort tasks into projects, so I have a clear visual reference for certain focus areas.

How I use it: Web, Mac & iPhone
Website: en.todoist.com


2. Fitbit Dashboard – Free

Fitbit

Fitbit Dashboard is an app that allows you to track your health and fitness, through features such as; steps, food & water log, exercise and many more features (some for free and others if you have a Fitbit device).

While Fitbit is an app that I only started using this year, it has become a key part of my process to living a healthier life. I am able to track the steps I take, the food I consume and evaluate my sleep (and much more). I started using the app in January before I purchased my Fitbit Flex, the application was still good to use, but found that once I did have my Flex, that the full potential could really be seen. It also been a great motivator and keeps me inspired to keep going!

How I use it: Web & iPhone
Website: fitbit.com


3. Optimism Online – Free

Optimism Online

Optimism Online is an app that allows you to manage and track your mental health. It gives users the ability to rate their mood, sleep, activity, as well as record thoughts and much more.

Optimism Online has been a really important app to me. As I have been slowly making progress with my mental health it has been very important to be able to track that process. Although the application is not the best designed of my daily choices, it does have a great purpose and functions well.

How I use it: Web
Website: findingoptimism.com


4. 1Password 6 – $49.99

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1Password is an app that allows you securely store passwords, notes and personal information.

With hundreds of passwords for so many different things, it would be impossible for me to remember them. Especially when I always like to use a password that is secure. 1Password, although not free has really been worth paying for. When I have swapped computers, I don’t have to try and remember passwords or reset them. I just have to remember the master password. Easy.

How I use it: Mac
Website: agilebits.com/onepassword


5. Day One – $30.99

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Day One is a journal/diary that allows you to share your thoughts and ideas in a private (or shared) way.

I only have the first version of this app, and may buy the updated version if I run into any problems. I like to keep a record of my daily thoughts and Day One, has been the best place I have consistently updated. It’s on my computer and easy to open and just write a short or long entry. If I get stuck, there are also prompts that can help.

How I use it: Mac
Website: dayoneapp.com


6. Airmail 2 – $9.99

Airmail 2

Airmail 2 is an email client perfect for managing a number of different emails in a visually appealing and simple way.

I have a number of email addresses for different projects and personal use. Airmail 2 is a wonderful app, that makes managing all my different accounts very easy. I really like the way that each account can be represented with a little icon and replies are formed in a conversation so you don’t miss anything.

How I use it: Mac
Website: airmailapp.com


The apps listed is not inclusive of all applications used it my daily life, it is a selection of those that are the most useful. Other apps that I do use include; Skype, Chrome, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and many more.


Images used are screenshots from websites associated with the apps, Featured image by Luke Chesser via Unsplash.

Questions
  1. What applications (apps) do you use daily?
  2. What is your favourite app?
  3. Ever loved using an app that was discontinued?

About the author / Kya

I am Kya a twenty something who loves art, cute things, design, illustration, photography, reading, writing and creative adventures.

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26 Comments

  • I don’t use anything like this. About the closest I get is using google calendar for keeping track of myself, the wife and kids. I’m intrigued by Fitbit though

  • I use Mail, I am a llama. :D I did try using another app, Inky, and loved it a lot, but I didn’t like that it was always buggy. I don’t mind Mail, and I don’t really need much out of an email client. As long as I can read and write emails I’m fine! I also don’t have a lot of accounts to check (except my TFL staffing ones but that is a different story).

    I love Wunderlist, but I have never tried Todoist. I may have tried it once, that crazy time I downloaded all the to-do apps I could find, just to compare them all. I just found myself going back to Wunderlist but I know everyone has their preferences. Anything that is simple and easy to use and based on a simple concept gets me. :D

    I should check out Optimism Online, I have not used that type of website or app before. I think I used something similar when I had my depression tests a while back, but I don’t remember what it was called.

    I know a lot of people who are Day One fans! I have never used it, but to be honest I don’t know if I would use it much since most of my writing ends up on my blog, or on pieces of paper, or I am happy with them sitting in my Notes app.

    I am a bit against password apps because I really try to remember all of mine. ?

    I don’t use much more than the default apps that come with a Mac. I stopped using Skype at least a year ago (kinda when I broke up with my ex because that was the way we communicated and I didn’t communicate with anyone else on it)… I use Wunderlist, as I mentioned, and Sublime Text for my web development stuff.

    On my phone I use some other things like the WordPress app and the TripView app to see what train is coming next. And I have been using Duolingo recently to learn Italian (you can also use the website), and Airbnb for booking some accommodation for my upcoming trips (you can use the website too).

    I actually liked using the Astrid app before it was discontinued… it was similar to Wunderlist, haha.

    • Kya

      You are llama. I am llama. Llama is all.

  • Amy

    Day One sounds like a really cool app to have, but I’d probably forget to use it so I doubt it would be worth it for me. I’m thinking about carrying a notebook with me to do something similar though, so hopefully I’ll be able to manage that.

    I also love the idea of todoist. I need to get way more organised this year – there are so many things I keep forgetting to do. I think that would help me a lot.

    I mainly use social media apps, especially the Kindle app when I’m on the bus. It’s so much easier than carrying my kindle with me, and I don’t have to rush to finish my page near my stop. Just put the phone in my pocket!
    Xxx

  • Sara

    Dayoneapp sounds interesting. I’m trying to find a platform where I can post more personal things – photos, health, food, but I don’t want my colleagues to find it. I’d rather share it only with my online friends.

    I’m going to start using Fitbit soon. I’m waiting for the new Fitbit that’s coming out in March/April. :)

  • Ana

    I don’t use many app; most of those on my MacBook Pro are for browsing and designing sites, whereas on my iPad I mostly use for emails, Twitter, my browsers, YouTubes apps for music videos and lots of installed games.
    To gave you a more precised idea.

    \\ MACKBOOK PRO APPS //
    – Mozilla Firefox <3
    – Adobe Photoshop CC <3
    – Panic's Coda HTML Editor <3
    – Taco HTML-Editor
    – FileZilla FTP

    \\ IPAD AIR APPS //
    – iOS Mail and myMail app
    – Safari, Mercury, Dolphin and Maxthon browsers <3
    – Twitter official app
    – YouTube and Tubex for YT videos <3
    – UNO, Chess and lots of games

    I have an Android phone with 4GB space, so basically zero apps on there – as I don't know how to set up so that apps and their updates go on the 8GB memory card along with the photos.

  • I think the only app that you and I have both in common is the Fitbit app LOL. I could give you a list of apps I frequently use from both my smartphone and my Kindle.

    – Evernote (phone (HTC One M8), Kindle, PC laptop) – This is sorta like my major notes app. I use this to make my lists too.

    – Fitbit Dashboard (phone, Kindle, PC laptop) – To keep track of my health-related accomplishments.

    – WordPress Android (phone and Kindle), WordPress Calypso (PC) – for quick blogging.

    – Better Diary (phone) – For quick private journaling and at times, to make my lists.

    – Kindle Reader app (phone, Kindle, PC) – for reading eBooks including ones downloaded outside of the Kindle Store.

    – Udemy (phone and PC – some classes are free, some are paid) – for my online classes

    – Treehouse (phone and PC – pay a subscription for the classes) – for my online classes (paused subscription for now)

    – LINE Camera (phone) – to take Instagram-ready photos. They have more features than the Instagram app itself, and even though they have more features (adding frames, dates, stickers, color manipulation, etc.), the app has a powerful sharing feature that you can share on LINE, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter (direct message only), and other compatible apps not listed (Skype, Evernote, Gmail, WordPress app, etc.). Highly recommended for those who love to take mobile pics (selfies included).

    – Instagram (phone) – to view other people’s Instagram app LOL. See above (LINE Camera).

    – P Tracker – special calendar and reminder app for… uhh… when “the Red Sea starts to get into a rage” for five days a month. (I think you all what I mean already LOL)

    – UberSocial (phone and Kindle) – to post on Twitter in all my multiple accounts all at once and sometimes for Facebook.

    – Autodesk Sketchbook Pro (free app, but pay a subscription to use more tools/features) – for random digital sketching/drawing using a stylus. I used to use it on the phone, but I now use it on my Kindle more often now.

    All of the apps I mentioned are free to download and use, but there are a few that more or less requires in-app purchasing.

  • Can’t say I use any of these apps, they sound interesting though. The only apps I use on a daily basis are Maps, Snapchat and Urbanspoon (when I’m scouting for a meal lol).

  • Mei

    Whoa, I am not familiar with those apps you mentioned. I guess I’m just really satisfied with the native Productivity apps on my iPhone, that I didn’t bother to look or alternatives. Haha

    I kinda like 1Password though, but I think Istill can’t trust it. Haha

  • I love, love Todoist! It’s what I use as my “online” planner for when I don’t lug my physical one. I would love Todoist more if I can have a monthly calendar view, and I tried that by connecting my Todoist to Google Calendar, but I didn’t like it. With that one con, I still adore Todoist, and I even bought the paid version. :D Been using it for at least two or three years now!

  • Oh my god I’m obsessed with Todoist. My whole life is in there!

  • It’s amazing to see how apps made lives easier over the years. It’s great to track progress to see how much we’ve progressed over time too!

    These are some great apps you use. Password managers are great because you can have an all-in-one password keeper that’s secure and easy to use. Hopefully 1Password doesn’t get compromised! Todoist sounds pretty neat with keeping to-do list’s on hand. I usually stick to my planner for some reason XD. DayOne sounds pretty neat, since you can keep your thoughts private in a neat interface!

    Aside from the popular social media, I use slack a lot to communicate with my e-board members in my club. As techy as I am, I don’t use that many apps. Back then, I loved tweetdeck on iOS but they discontinued it… It’s a bit of a good thing because Twitter ended up having a nice interface anyways!

  • That’s one of the perks of having a cellphone. You have all these apps to keep track of your health, appointments, emails, etc. I wish I had a cellphone sooner than later. I should have got a cellphone during high school. I’m glad we have these apps. It does come in handy.

    I downloaded Fitbit on my Android phone. I’m going to try it out and see if it works. Right now, I have Google Fit. It’s okay. It’s very basic. You make a daily goal. It keeps track of the number of calories you burned, miles, and steps. I might try Todoist. I have so much to do in one day. The iPassword 6 sounds like a really good idea. You’re right. So much passwords to remember. Too bad you have to pay $49.99 to use it. I’m going to upgrade to an iPhone later on. Maybe I’ll find better apps on the iPhone then on an Android phone.

    1. What applications (apps) do you use daily? Facebook, Google Fit, Gmail, Spotify, and Twitter
    2. What is your favorite app? Spotify
    3. Ever loved using an app that was discontinued? I never came across an app where it got discontinued.

  • I’m not really a big app user. I mean, I have apps for the websites I visit (and my website)… but nothing independent. These all seem pretty neat though! I could see myself using FitBit at some point though.

  • I’m always interested in the various planner apps so I think I’ll have to check Todoist out!

    I think the only ones I really use daily – other than facebook, goodreads, gmail – are medisafe (for tracking medications) and the National Rail app for checking on trains to and from work :)

  • The Optimism app sounds really interesting! I used to use ToDoist, but I actually prefer having handwritten to-do lists. I keep them in a little notebook and tick things off and shuffle them around when I need to.

    I have a little budget app I use everyday which I chose because it was straightforward to use. I don’t really care for charts or even categories (because I lump my expenses into broad categories like ‘essentials’) so it’s just what I need. It’s called Daily Budget. I use Snapchat and WhatsApp a lot. And the best app I have is AnkiApp, which I have on my phone, computer and iPad. I use it for my German vocabulary.

    I can’t say I’ve used an app that was discontinued. I’ve definitely gone off apps. I have tried fitness apps like Nudge and MyFitnessPal but I just stop logging after a while, even if I eat well. The only fitness app I really use is Speedo Fit to log my swims.

  • Those are some handy apps. I hardly use any apps these days – I even took off my facebook one recently. orz The FitBit one sounds the most interesting to me. I think the only apps I do pay for is SwiftKey to be able to have a nicer keyboard on my phone and The Moash University LOW FODMAP app which is used to keep me from eating foods that I shouldn’t be eating. I might take your idea here and make a post about the apps I use. It’s kind of cool seeing what people use to be organized.

  • I may have to look into some of those apps! They seem cool! Also might have to do my own entry. XD

    I’ve been curious bout the fitbit stuff. Kinda wanna get one, but not sure.

  • Optimism sounds like something I need to look into.

    Most of the apps I use, on my phone at least, tend to be the silly little time management games – Bakery Story, Restaurant Story etc etc
    I’m completely addicted! :blush:

  • I could really do with a password manager. I don’t know if I’d be allowed to pay for one though

  • Cat

    I don’t think I’ve tried out Todoist yet. I’ll have to look into it :) I always like looking into to-do apps. I’ve tried so many out already and currently use two: Wunderlist for personal things and Asana for work.

    I used to use the Fitbit Dashboard when I was still using my Fitbit! It’s been a while since then, but I do remember it being useful.

    I want to look into Airmail. Right now I use the default Mail client on my Macbook Pro, and it’s seriously terrible. It’s slow and frequently has issues loading certain emails. Ugh, I need a replacement.

    I depend on the Google apps a lot! My husband and I share several things on Google drive, and I like that I can update them from any of my devices.

  • Interesting app list! I’ve heard of some of them (DayOne, Todoist, AirMail) but I never really got around to trying them. I hardly use apps nowadays, especially Mac and web ones. I did use Wunderlist before, though! I also like the idea of Optimism. It sounds really useful and it really makes you want to be more proactive about your mental health :D

    What applications (apps) do you use daily?
    – I use Evernote, Gmail, LINE (for chatting with my friends – I don’t text!), Financius (for budgeting and expense tracking), and Pleco (for my Chinese studies). I also use an app on my Pebble Time called 7-Minute+, it alerts me when it’s time to work out and gives me exercises to try out for the whole session. Of course I also use the usual social media apps: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    What is your favourite app?
    – Oh nooo, this is hard! Well, maybe I’ll choose Pleco because it’s incredibly helpful in my studies and I find myself opening and browsing it even on the days that I don’t have classes! It’s actually a very good way to be productive when I’m feeling bored.

    Ever loved using an app that was discontinued?
    – I loved OmmWriter before. Well, it wasn’t really discontinued, but I now have to pay to use the app, and I don’t think it’s a necessary expense as of the moment so I’m letting it go. I also loved Tweetie, a super sleek and minimalist Twitter client that eventually became the official Twitter app for Mac!

  • I like to use Google Keep to stay organized. :D It does the job for me, and it lets me share lists with other people which is awesome for writing up grocery lists with my husband over the week. :D

    I use a lot of apps, but I think my daily ones would be Instapaper, Feedly, and Little Memory. I’ve been cutting down on my social media but Twitter and Snapchat are still my favorites.

  • I just use the plain old mail app and link all my accounts to it. It’s definitely not the most organized, but I am too lazy too set up anything else and it works for me. :P

    I’ve never heard of Todoist but it sounds like something I would really like. I use the Reminders app on my iPhone to create lists – grocery lists, to do lists, shopping lists, reminders, etc. Again, it’s not the most sophisticated but it works! I will have to check this one out :)

    I use Trello to organize my blog posts and also to help plan my meals for the weak. I organize all of my recipes on there and categorize them and can also mark if I’ve not tried them, etc. It really helps with that! I use the health app to track my steps each day – though it’s more just to see how active I am being (or not being).

  • I have Day One on the iPhone, but I’ve used it maybe once. I guess I don’t really see the point since I have a blog, nor do I really have any private thoughts I need to jot down anymore. Haha. I keep my passwords in Notes (bleep – that’s risky).

    I’m a HUGE fan of Weather apps – but that explains a lot since I’m a weather nerd and aspiring meteorologist. My favorite app as of date is actually Carrot Weather. It’s a fun weather app with a twist of siri and SNARKasm (heh).

    Peach is a cute new one too – from the makers of Vine. Not a lot of my friends have it yet because it’s still new. It’s a messaging/chat app but you can nudge people (kiss, wave, and other actions).

    I could go on all day about apps.

  • I feel so boring not using many apps like you do on my Mac. I do use Photoshop and Sublime Text to do work on but other than that I don’t really use any other apps. I also (like Georgie) use Mail because I too am a llama hahah! I use more apps on my phone though – wordpress, twitter, instagram, photo editing tools, Google keep for my note taking because it syncs cross platform which is useful! :)

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