I’m A Content Creator And These Are 5 Apps I Cannot Live Without. Seriously.
Confession. I used to be one of those digital entrepreneurs. The one who would have hundreds of shiny apps on her phone and never know how they functioned, let alone their specific purposes.
Please don’t judge me.
Then I went to digital declutter rehab, (yep, that’s me in the video below, decluttering my laptop, which was a hot mess) and came out on the other side, fully cognizant that making life and work simpler meant streamlining everything, especially the apps I used.
Over the past year, I have gone from having a million apps to showcasing just a few on my phone, all organized, all used and all intentional. I have to tell you it is the most freeing feeling ever. It means as a digital entrepreneur I can work from where I want (these days with COVID-19 I move from my studio, to my dining room table, to my couch), I can improve my workflow with automation (thank you Resa Gooding) and just generally get more stuff done without feeling overwhelmed.
Ok, another confession, I beat myself up every time when I think about the time I have wasted. I know. I know that the past is irrelevant and there is nothing like putting knowledge to good use, that’s why I want to share with you the 5 apps I can’t live without. However, before you think about using your phone and installing, upgrading, and streamlining your apps, I’d recommend cleaning your mobile device so it is pretty much ready to be the most functional tool in your hands.
Who needs an office right?
To organise my phone, I started by looking at what apps I hadn’t used in a while, and I “Marie Kondoed” it, meaning if an app did not serve a purpose or brought me a kind of utilitarian joy then I deleted it.
Secondly, I created folders so currently, I have a utility folder, an entertainment folder, a business app folder, a social media folder, a content creation folder. With everything organized my home screen was able to breathe a sigh of relief and I felt as if I now had a tool in my hand that allowed me to optimise my business and my time.
Now before you check my top 5 and consider adding them, I really want you to be super focused on understanding if the apps on your phone add value to your life and if they will serve you and your business in ways that bring you less stress and at a minimum, does not clutter your bandwidth.
1. My Favourite Live Streaming App Is ECAMM Live
It’s no secret that I love Live streaming. I do live FB and IG stories practically every day and I am quite strategic about it. I share loads of behind the scenes stuff and footage so the people who love our page and vibe on social media can feel part of my inner circle and see how we get our digital campaigns and productions completed. I also use my live stories to share a lot of personal reflections.
But on Facebook, I take my Lives to another level with Ecamm Live with my Q &A Monday series. Ok before I go any further I must tell you upfront that this app is for MAC users only. But if you have a MAC and you want to up-level your live streaming then it doesn’t get better than Ecamm Live. It’s like having a broadcasting studio in your living room or bedroom or from whatever part of the house you broadcast from.
What I love best about Ecamm is that it allows me to insert slides into my presentations which makes my Q&A Mondays more visually interesting for the viewers.
I can also have a split-screen during my Lives and host up to 5 guests on Q&A Monday. Best of all, it is so easy to use even if you are a beginner. Here is a link for you to take a look around and purchase this live streaming tool if you think it’s a fit for you.
2. Google Keep An App For Inspiration, Archiving And Making Lists
I’m a huge fan of Google Docs for accessing and organizing document files across platforms. Did I say huge? Ok yes, I guess I did. I know I am not alone in understanding that the benefit of picking up a file from any website or platform and being able to access its content without alteration is a big advantage as a content marketer working with many projects on both my mobile devices and laptop. But Google Keep is different and personally I think it is widely underrated.
Google Keep acts as my instant inspiration board and archiver. I use it to pin interesting photos, archive articles that I find on the web, or even store passwords. It’s also great for shopping lists, addresses, phone numbers, checklists, and to-do lists, or conference call codes. Keep even supports Google Apps accounts, so you can use it with your own domain or a business account.
The interface is colourful and easy to use.
3. Unsplash Is A Wonderful Photo App For Digital Marketers