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.
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.
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.
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.