If you’re anything like us, your phone often heaves with apps. It’s only when it grinds to a halt due to insufficient memory that we decide we should perhaps review what lurks on our phones and free up some space, so we can enjoy the helpful stuff out there that really makes an impact on our lives.
Let’s imagine you’ve just had a cull, are teetering on visiting the App or Android store and are looking to make leaps and bounds across all areas of your life – after all, this is what we all want, right?
Where to begin? Firstly, let’s split up your needs into categories – there’s productivity, travel, fitness and health, social media and photography for starters. Here’s our quick dive into the current crop of what’s best out there. You can thank us later.
We all want to save time to get back to what really matters, like studying medieval construction or the future of marzipan, right? As a co-worker, chances are you don’t have a team of people helping you, or even a virtual assistant. So it falls on your already often overworked shoulders to find the best solutions to maximise your productivity, right?
Monday.com is a visual productivity tool that’s getting a lot of chat online at the moment. Perhaps best used for collaborative projects, Monday.com is a great – free – way to manage multiple tasks.
If you’ve got multiple clients or you’re trying to build a network of clients, Freshworks offers a basic Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database for free – they promise for life – which allows you to do all sorts of cool things within the realms of the GDPR; the EU law on data protection and privacy.
Need we even mention Slack? It’s everyone’s go-to tool and with good reason. Not only does it allow you to sit comfortably in Areaworks Hackney while chatting with people in Taiwan, Tokyo or Toronto, but it’s more than just an email alternative. You can also share documents, video chat, and send GIFs. It will also integrate with your other tools like Google Drive, Dropbox, and SalesForce.
Here, we mean getting the best use of your phone beyond just Google Maps. Try using CityMapper for a slick London travel app – featuring all modes of transport, including catapult – yes, you read that right (it’s just for fun). Uber is another must-have app for those moments when you just need to zip across town with something heavy, awkward, or perhaps someone heavy or awkward. While you may have already heard of these, you might not have heard of Kabbee, which allows app users to compare the prices of 70 different minicab companies. How handy?
As the number of safe cycle routes continues to expand, at Areaworks we’re also fans of the Santander Bike rental app. There’s also Lime and Moto electric bike rentals, and now Uber has just joined the fray with JUMP. For an independent cycle hire app featuring all the city’s growing number of hire locations, download the cunningly named Cycle Hire app.
And let’s not forget Tube Exits, one of the most useful city apps you might never have heard of. It simply helps you know which exit you need to take on the tube, to avoid wasting time or ending up on the wrong street. It also suggests which carriage is best for a fast exit. Nice.
A step and calorie counter is always a good thing, especially if you don’t want or need an Apple Watch. Grab Stepper for an entry-level app.
We should probably mention Peloton, the internet or in person spinning/running classes. But if you prefer the outdoor, pop on your running shoes or hop on a real bike, get some fresh air and make use of an app like Strava to record and relay all your fitness activites.
Hussle is a great app for shifting gym membership. If you work from a number of locations, it’s useful as you can pay-as-you-go, sign up for a bundle of gym sessions or enjoy discounts at a large number of different gyms, spas and fitness centres all across London and the UK, too.
Sworkit is an award-winning app for workouts on the go – you can choose one of three workout plans to become leaner, fitter or stronger, then take advantage of workouts free for 7 days at different levels of difficulty. Upgrade to Premium, and get guided workouts, custom intervals for high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and Tabata, as well as unlimited custom workouts. Phew – we’re exhausted just thinking about it!
Manage all your media with Hootsuite or later.com. Both make planning, organising and sorting your social media life a breeze. Once you’re logged in, you want to make the best possible impression, right? Canva takes some of the hard work out of design for us non-graphic designer types, while Unfold helps you create a beautiful Insta post which will unfold on your friend’s screens with an oooh.
For photo manipulation extraordinaire, try lightroom, and unsplash for your images. Animoto is the app to turn to when you want to make some cool looking video content, while feedly helps you fight through influencer overload and keep on top of what’s what.
What’s your favourite app that no one else uses? Have you created your own? Let us know what other ‘must have’ apps we should add to the list! You can also check out our previous post on the top 5 apps to get you organised.