What’s on My Phone? | Day 7/30

What’s on My Phone? | Day 7/30
This entry is part 7 of 30 in the series 2019 BLOG CHALLENGE

This is a list of Apps that are highly essential in keeping my life organized and interesting – and they might help you too.

Can you name the first 5 apps on your home screen that you can’t really live without? I should use this list to ditch all the apps cluttering my space for no reason. Thank you, Prompt #7. 

1. Trello 

Screenshot of Trello


A highly visual list tool for project management that combines a simple user interface for a personal organization with powerful, flexible features that can be used with large teams.   

Trello uses the Kanban method on each board, offering a birds-eye overview of all tasks and progress with the connections between them. A Card (a single task) moves from left to right (To Do – Doing – Done lists)

I have been a Trello convert for a long time, and I use it to manage all my projects in one place. When writing my articles, I have created a seamless workflow from content idea generation to publishing the finished article on WordPress, all with the help of my favorite Powerup called Butler. My meetings with my accountability partner are held in Trello. 

You can use it to manage your entire life – plan out travels, track your job hunt, save online meal recipes, record your child’s milestones, organize work and home improvement projects, money and personal budgets, or just about anything else. 

Apart from the missing functionality of notebooks and notes (currently using Evernote specifically for that and the toolbar), there’s nothing Trello cannot do. 

Key Features 
→Easy drag and drop Kanban system  
→Powerups that perform advanced automated tasks, e.g., Butler, Slack, Custom Fields 
→Ability to sync the Powerup Calendar with Google Calendar   
→Individual cards can contain checklists, images, attachments, due dates, colored labels, and discussion notes from others who share the board. 
→Unlimited number of boards 
→Archiving of card records, lists, and boards 
→Assigning of tasks 
→Checklists with progress meters 
→Activity logs 
→Deadline reminders 

» Check out this Board of Templates (each card is a template you can copy as your board), and some inspiring boards.

2. Ticktick 

Screenshot of Ticktick


Once I’m done breaking down my projects into smaller tasks that require recurring tasks or set reminders or added descriptions, I transfer them to Ticktick. When I say I have tried and tested every to-do app literally, I mean it.  And I would always come back to this. 

Ticktick is a simple and effective to-do list and general task manager that helps you organize your life. 

The drag and drop Kanban feature that Trello is renowned for is now on Desktop, which means the rollout will soon extend to mobile. It’s gunning for Todoist with every update. The developers always listen to feedback and deploy quick feature implementation. 

MKBHD has been singing the praises of this app, and I can attest to how functional and user-friendly it is. 


Key Features  

→Great interface with full calendar functionality 

→Subscription to third-party calendars (doesn’t offer 2-way sync with Google Calendar) 

→Ability to track activities and progress 

→The free plan has fewer lists, task counts, and habits. 

→Flexible, customized smart lists 

→Time duration tasks and Reminder for subtasks

→Pomodoro timer which you can bind to your tasks  

→Habit Tracker (they should add a timer and stats here)  

→Plan My Day feature 


3. Canva 

Screenshot of Canva


Canva is the easiest to use graphic design tool and photo-editing platform with free access to various design layouts. It is used to create custom graphics and high-quality photos. 

It is a very efficient tool that can make you think you are a talented graphic designer when you’re just starting. I use it for the website and social media graphics and to learn illustrations and infographics. 

What sold me was the story told of the CEO Melanie Perkins, on the How I built this Podcast, who started her Canva journey at 19. She is now 31, and her success and creativity speak for themselves. At the time, I was struggling to create an infographic. 


Key Features 

→Quick to create and customize graphic designs 

→Easy user interface for beginners and professionals. 

→Variety of design layouts and templates to ease the design process 

→Upload feature for fonts and images 

→Drag and drop editor 

→Color code options 


4. Stitcher 

Screenshot of Stitcher Podcast App


An on-demand app that focuses on providing a memorable listener experience for radio shows and podcasts. 

Castbox is usually my substitute for finding Podcasts, not in Stitcher’s directory and the awesome in-audio search. 

They tweaked their design recently, which threw me off, but I’ve gotten used to it. One major issue I wish they work on is their search function, whose filter doesn’t give much. 


Key Features 

→Episode search – an in-show search bar when you swipe down a show page (iOS) and on the search bar (Android)

→Custom Playlists for different genres 

→Saved episodes feature for listening later. 

→Customized Up Next queue 

→Mark Played feature to keep track of played episodes. 

→Sleep Timer 

→Custom seek options 

→Customized Automatic Action When the App Launches

→Variable speed playback feature  


5. Pocket 

Screenshot of Pocket App


A read-it-later app for managing a reading list of articles, videos, images, tweets, and web pages saved for later enjoyment. You can also listen to the articles instead of reading. 

Besides the rich features Pocket boasts of, I like how it bypasses walled gardens. Hopefully, it stays that way forever. 


Key Features 

→Offline reading  

→Highlighting for better understanding  and later use (3 per article on free) 

→Reading time estimates 

→Favorites, archiving, and listen to features. 

→An explore page for pocket recommendations, with a save button. 

→Labeled tags for easy discoverability 

→Shared to Me feature for articles shared between Pocket users 


» Pocket used to have item counts somewhere in the settings. Need it back. 


Bonus App – Aldiko 

Screenshot of Aldiko Book Reader


An e-book reader app. This is the only app on my list that doesn’t have web integration, which sucks for me. 

I have many unread books on my TBR list, but Collector’s fallacy doesn’t recognize that.  


Key Features 

→A fully customizable reading experience 

→User-friendly – bookmarks, notes, and highlights (premium) 

→Internet archive, Offline reading, and dictionary lookup 

→Importing your own files and organizing into tags and collections 


» Special mention to my regular social apps, but I can live without them on my phone. 

Series Navigation<< Why I Started Blogging | Day 6/30The Cautionary Tale of Modern Technology | Day 8/30 >>


  1. June 7, 2019 / 7:53 am

    I love Trello, I switched my pocket for the Instapaper. Canva does wonders I will have to check out the other apps. Thank you for sharing.

    • Lila
      June 7, 2019 / 3:27 pm

      What made you switch to Instapaper? I’ve tried it twice but the interface fell short for me. Yeah check out the rest please, I’m sure you’ll like something. Thank you for the support.

      • June 7, 2019 / 4:53 pm

        I loved instapaper for its simplicity. Pocket had too much adds and suggestion . It almost wants to function like a social media of some sought having people following me etc.. All I was looking for was something simple. Instapaper is so cool especially with its night mode lol

    • Lila
      June 7, 2019 / 3:28 pm

      Oh yeah? Glad to hear that, thanks.

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