With the crazy amount of iPhone apps around today, and app categories becoming crowded with apps that offer very similar functionality, I thought it was time to share with you exactly what apps are on my iPhone and how I use them. Obviously, there are the default apps that can’t be removed (Messages, Calendar, Photos, Camera, Contacts, Phone, Maps, etc) so there’s no need to go in how they’re used – hopefully it’s fairly obvious. However, I will go through some of the main apps I use.
I have arranged my apps such that those that I use most often appear on my first page of apps. All my social networking apps are on page 2. Business and work related apps are on page 3 and then there’s everything else such as random apps I’m testing, a couple of time wasting games and content apps taking up pages 4 and 5.
My Most Used Apps
I actually leave the App Store on page one because I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative apps that take a unique approach to productivity and business management.
We all have to open the occasional web page on our Smart Phones, right? I’ve tried Dolphin, but found myself using Safari more since links from other apps always opened in Safari anyway.
I’m on a mission to control my finances. I’m a developer and technology nerd at heart, so I have absolutely no real practical skills in budgeting and money management (this kind of thing should be taught in high school!). The YNAB app syncs with my YNAB data so I can quickly reference how much money I have remaining in each budget category. However, I mainly use the YNAB app to track spending. Whenever I make a purchase, whether it’s groceries, utility bills, or anything, I enter in the amount and you I paid in the app. Then, the next time I sync the app, those records are moved over to the full YNAB desktop application. If you’re looking for a way to get in control of your money, I highly recommend You Need A Budget.
Right next to the YNAB app I have BillMinder. This is my way to track bills that are coming up. It will remind me days before a bill is due. I open it often to review what’s expenses are coming up so that I can plan and budget accordingly. It also sync’s data up to the cloud, which a very handy backup feature.
This app makes it really easy for me to manage this site! I review comments, and check stats. Gotta love stats.
I’ve become a bit of a foursquare fiend. The competitive nature of the points system keep it entertaining. It’s certainly not an app to enhance productivity though. Sad.
Just to keep in touch with friends. I’m not a huge Facebook user. I just use it to stay up to date with what’s happening with people I know. I’ve started using the new Pages app to manage the Cloud Productivity Facebook page.
Time wasting at its best. ’nuff said.
This app I use several times a day. It’s often the first thing I open in the morning (after email and Facebook) so I can review what I need to get done today. The badge number is a constant reminder that I still have more today. The Wunderkit app helps me manage all areas of my life separately. At any time of the day if I think of something I really need to get done, even if I’m not sure when or how, I add it to Wunderkit. When I review my Wunderkit Inboxes I then update my schedule for the coming week.
It’s a constant battle to keep email under control. That red badge number rarely, if ever, goes away. I have two email accounts setup on my iPhone – Work and Personal. However, I only have my Personal email account setup to receive email via Push. My work account is bombarded with emails at all hours, so that account I have setup to fetch new email only when I open the app.
I love Evernote. Whenever I leave my desk I find myself launching the Evernote app, just to sync down the changes I’d made when at my desk. I love having all my notes, memories and resources at my finger tips. I use Evernote to track work expenses when I travel. When I get a receipt I immediately open Evernote, create new note and take a photo of the receipt, give the note a suitable title and save. I then throw away the paper receipt. That then goes into my Inbox which I process regularly. Receipts notes get tagged and filed away. When it comes time to do expense reports I can easily pull up all my receipts and process them. If you have to track your expenses for your work I hope you re-read this. I never have to keep the paper receipt with me! Having a photo of it stored in Evernote means it will never get lost, faded, torn or scrunched up!
What’s life without a few tunes? I also keep a few of podcasts on here. I recommend checking out Get-it-Done Guy’s podcast on how to work less and do more. It’s really entertaining and the short podcasts and really very practical and applicable no matter what profession you’re in.
What’s on your iPhone that you use every day?