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My All-Time Favourite Apps (Beyond 2016)

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My All-Time Favourite Apps (Beyond 2016)


Once upon a time…

We lived happy lives without apps. But it wasn’t ”a happily ever after kind of life”.

Apps have come to disrupt the norm – they are now the NORM. Can you even remember your life without apps? Its really hard to remember, isn’t it?

Technology has come with a lot of innovations to ease our lives and help us get more done. Apps are just one of those innovations. There are so many to choose from and its easy to get lost in the world of app exploration. But as with anything in the life of a believer, its all about moderation. Just enough to empower you and get you closer to your goals for both dunya and akhirah.

As a tech lover, I love exploring new technologies. I’ve also had my fair share of digital addiction but learned to ditch those negative digital habits, replace with better ones – and gain much more digital independence.

Now, back to my all-time favourite apps. These are just a few (in fact 3) from among a list of what I call the essentials – those personal development tools that make life easier.  And I can’t imagine going without them, really.

Let’s get to the list of those favourite apps.


As an idea person, I get so many ideas that have the tendency to get lost without a safe place to store them.

Evernote is my bank for all ideas – especially for writing, business, learning and all important life projects. It also makes it easy to write on the go. Whenever inspiration strikes, I catch it on Evernote. And if no inspiration comes, but its time to write – I do so in Evernote.

Recently, my loyal laptop had a near crash. I almost had a mental crash too.

One BIG comfort came from knowing that my 1001 ideas and half complete projects were tucked away on Evernote. That’s the ease technology has come with.


Confession time!

I’m a kindle addict. I buy more kindle books than I can mention here. But, hoping to get some sort of book holiday, where I can just read from my book libraries – without guilt.

Quite often, Amazon (the Kindle company) offers free kindle books or great discounts that are too sweet to ignore.

What makes this app awesome is the fact that PDFs and other file formats can be uploaded and read. This means I can add study texts and docs to my device with ease. And I can sync quite easily between all of my devices.

As I say over and over again – reading is one the not-so-secret keys to self growth and empowerment. And with kindle, no more worrying about logging books around while out and about or leaving some important books while traveling.


Slightly annoying but super useful.

From its one-on-one messaging feature to the group feature, whatsapp is a great communication tool. I find it beneficial for sharing important updates, videos, and participating in learning sessions and discussions.  It accommodates small to large groups and people can join in from around the world.

Whatsapp calls are also convenient for ‘quick calls‘ and ‘catching up calls‘ while joining those ties of kinship.

I find it useful in sharing campaigns and for networking. But, it does require discipline and self control – so I don’t get caught up in the ‘sharing syndrome’ and intruding on other peoples’ privacy.

Beyond 2016

So those are my all-time favourite apps for 2016 – and beyond, because there are some features I’m yet to fully explore within them.

They have helped me ditch some of my negative digital habits, replace them with more beneficial ones (focused reading, writing and communication) – and gained much more digital independence.

For this list, I deliberately excluded some of the essential everyday apps and focused on the ones that helped me specifically with my top interests and goals (personally and professionally). I used them on an almost daily basis throughout the year.

The ones I didn’t include are the regular social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The same with browsers – from Google chrome to Mozilla. They are super important for browsing the Internet so I haven’t included them.

And lastly the email apps – like the Yahoomail and Gmail; and storage apps like Dropbox and Google drive – I chose to leave them all out.

So, which of these are these among your all-time favourite apps? If none, I would love to hear about the beneficial ones you enjoy using. Please share.



  1. Yousra Naeem January 7, 2017

    Hmmm whatsapp is good.
    I use other apps too like insta,twitter,fb.
    Heard alot about Kindle but don’t know how to use it.

    1. Amina Edota January 7, 2017

      Kindle is pretty much like your book on a digital device.

  2. fatima January 3, 2017

    These are also some of my favourite apps. Social media is such an important part of life these days.

  3. Sakeenah January 2, 2017

    Evernote is my all time favorite app for keeping me sane! I use it for everything and can’t imagine life without it! I never caught the kindle bug but might give it another shot.

    1. Amina Edota January 3, 2017

      I love that – Evernote does keep me sane too.

  4. Fazeela Ibrahim December 30, 2016

    I use Notes on the phone right now. I think I have to switch to Evernote since I heard a lot about it lately. And whatsapp is my fav too!!

    1. Amina Edota January 1, 2017

      Yes, definitely try out Evernote. Its really a good one for writers.

  5. Larissa December 29, 2016

    I wasn’t sure what to comment because I don’t use apps and have a very basic non smartphone lol however I think I will look into evernote, at the moment I use OneNote. My laptop also recently broke leaving behind all of my notes, ideas, photos and half written book! I wish there was a way I could have saved it all somewhere else as a back-up.

    1. Amina Edota December 30, 2016

      Subhanaallah, that must have been heartbreaking. Evernote is a must-have if you want to keep your ideas safe. It is very easy to use and you can access it on any device, I have used mine mostly on laptop/ tablet.

  6. Aleeza December 28, 2016

    Believe it or social media apps are something I can do without. My all time favs have to be evernote, pocket and goodreads to be so handy to keep collecting what I like and not to mention the accessibility from multiple devices. So handy!

    1. Amina Edota December 30, 2016

      I will like to try out pocket. I have heard so much about it.

  7. ChristalBlogs December 28, 2016

    I don’t even know what I’d do without whatsapp. It’s like my main platform for digital communication. I’m curious to try out Evernote, I’m always looking for new ways to keep my ideas. At the moment I use the notes section on my phone

    1. Amina Edota December 28, 2016

      I use the notes section on my phone too, but it can never match up to what Evernote offers. For example, I have never used that section for drafting a blog post from start to finish. With Evernote on the other hand, I have 1001 drafts. Try out Evernote, you will be glad you did.

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