Back in the day, I used to love seeing what was inside a person’s handbag… you could always tell so much from what people would cart around with them.

These days though, phones are the new handbags: it’s FASCINATING to see the tools, apps and programs that people use in their day to day life to make everything flow more easily. You can always get such amazing insights into how people operate and what they prioritise… and maybe steal a cool idea or two (or ten!) for yourself!

So with that in mind, today I thought I’d pull back the curtains on the apps that make my life sweeter.

It’s worth pointing out, I am NOT the type of person who has a million apps and folders wallpapering my phone screen… For me, that’s overwhelming. I am much more a ‘less is more’ type of person. So you can rest assured then, the apps I DO use are extra potent and powerful — they truly have to pull their weight to keep their spot on my screen!

So in no particular order, here they are…

My favorite health apps:

  • Period Tracker — This app tracks my cycle and I use it religiously
  • Down Dog — My fave yoga app. I do yoga with this app almost every morning for 15 minutes on my bedroom floor in my PJ’s or undies
  • doTERRA Essentials Oils — To look up recipes and blends whenever I need
  • Health — This app is free on the iPhone and I use it to track the 10,000 steps I aim to do daily
  • Insight Timer — To time my meditations and for guided meditations (hot tip, some of my medie’s are on there too)
  • 1 Giant Mind — Another epic meditation app
  • MoonPlus — This app follows the moon cycle, so I know when the new moon and full moon dates are (especially useful when I’m planning a Goddess Circle — I love hosting them on a full moon!)
  • Kindle — For reading (but make sure it’s always on airplane mode whilst you are reading!)
  • Audible — To listen to epic audio books. (Did you know both Mastering Your Mean Girl and Open Wide are on audio, read by yours truly?!)

My favorite wealth apps:

  • Gmail — My email provider of choice
  • Google Drive — My whole life and business is run from Google Drive (seriously!)
  • TeamWork — The best project management software! My team and I use it religiously (website)
  • SignNow — An epic app if you need to digitally sign documents (website)
  • 1Password — This stores all your passwords and logins so you never have to keep an excel spreadsheet with all your passwords and logins again (website)
  • Evernote — For braindumps and storing ideas and clippings (website)
  • Scanner Pro — Throw out your scanner because this app will scan all your important documents for you (app store)
  • Receipt Bank — With this app you never have to keep a receipt ever again (goodbye shoe boxes full of years worth of receipts!) (website)
  • Zoom — For team meetings and business calls (website)
  • Skype — Also for team meetings and business calls (website)
  • Eventbrite — I use this ticketing system for my events (website)
  • Voxer — One of my most-used apps. It’s like a walkie talkie, and for someone like me — who doesn’t like talking on the phone, or texting or writing emails — it’s perfect, because instead of typing, I can easily send a voice message. My entire virtual team, family and friends are all on Voxer. It’s so much quicker than writing a text or email! My friends joke that if you want to be friends with me you have to be on voxer. (website)
  • Synchronize — My virtual team is all over the world and we often have meetings with 5 people in different time zones, so this app is epic for finding the time that works for everyone (app store)
  • Notes — For braindumps and ideas

And finally, some other apps that I just plain LOVE:

  • FaceTime — To see and speak with my loved ones
  • Google Photos — I don’t keep any photos on my phone, they all get uploaded to Google photos — that way, if I lose my phone or it breaks, I’ll still have all my piccies!
  • Snapseed — If I ever want to edit a photo (app store)
  • Instagram — The only social media app I have on my phone (website)
  • Pinterest — We are currently renovating our dream home, so this is full of inspiration (website)
  • Podcasts — The app I listen to all my podcasts on — including mine and Nick’s (app store)
  • Spotify — To listen to all my fave music (website)
  • Shazam — If I am out and hear an epic song, and I want to know what it is, I Shazam it (app store)
  • Maps — To get from A to B
  • Uber — Also to get from A to B
  • Weather — To plan my outfit!

So there you have it — my absolute favourite apps… I hope there are some juicy ones in there that you mightn’t have discovered yet!

A final — and very important — note: I have no notifications on my phone… not for Instagram, text, email, Voxer, anything. Also, I almost ALWAYS have my phone on silent, unless I am waiting for an emergency call. And I almost always keep my phone on airplane mode too, unless I need to use it. The last thing you need when you are in a flow state — writing, creating or podcasting — is a device dinging and pinging constantly at you, distracting you, and pulling you out of the present moment… Make your phone work for you, don’t let it be something that overwhelms you.

Alright, beautiful — over to you! I would love to hear what your most favorite and used apps are? What gets the most workout on your phone? Share with me in the comments below.

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  1. Candice Barber says:

    Thanks so much for suggesting these apps! I downloaded Down Dog a few weeks ago and been LOVING it! Nick suggested it on one of his poscasts! Definitely going to check a few of these things out, so thanks beautiful women

  2. Thank you for sharing the apps that work for you most Mel! I’m super stoked to try the 2 meditation apps you mentioned!
    I definitely have been on IG a bit more recently, sort of getting to know the hashtag game and algorithm so I can reach out and connect with more like minded friends.
    Anyways aside from that I use an app called Calm for my daily morning meditations and it’s pretty great!
    Can’t wait to try one of your personal meditations though! I’m sure I’ll love it!
    Xoxo

  3. gayna says:

    This is epic, thank you Melissa for sharing, a lot of these I already use, but some I had not heard of… thank you so much for all you do in the world and shining a light as an example for others. I totally loved your latest book, and cannot wait to hear what you create next! love Gayna xx

  4. Michelle says:

    Thankyou so much for sharing this Melissa, you have mentioned some apps that I had not heard of and know are going to be awesome for me. Also tips on making sure social media and our phones don’t rule our lives are a fab reminder. xxoo

  5. Giorgia says:

    Thanks for sharing, Melissa! I love Insight Timer, it has so many meditations to look for,

    I need to check out Receipt Bank. I’d like to get rid of my shoebox full of receipts too!

  6. Tameka Willis says:

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank you for your wonderful recommendations. This inspired me to go through my apps and delete the those that were not resonating with me! I have turned my notifications off and have just downloaded downdog and insight timer. I look forward to practicing more presence without the unnecessary distractions!
    My favourite apps would be Spotify ( to listen to your amazing podcasts of course) F45 training to book in my gym sessions and keep me accountable and smiling mind which is another great mindfulness/meditation app.

    Melissa, thank you so much for all the work you do in this world. You really inspire me to be the best version of myself !
    Much love,
    Tameka

  7. Hayley says:

    Hi Melissa,

    Thank for for sharing this amazing page! It is nice to get an insight of the best ways that have been tried and tested to apply the best health, wealth and love apps into my own life.

    I am however wondering how you record all of your goals?
    At the moment i’m transitioning between my career pathway and I obviously have a lot of personal goals too but at the moment they are everywhere and I think some of them have been pushed aside!

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    With love and zest,
    Hayley x

    • Hey honey, I have all my goals typed out on a white A4 piece of paper next to my bed. Nothing fancy but it works for me. I read them every morning and every night and it really helps me to focus and stay on my path. Give that a go and let me know how it feels for you. Can’t wait to hear your progress. xx

  8. WildEssence says:

    Great list of apps. There are a few apps I didn’t know about before. I especially loved the idea to keep the phone on airplane mode. 🙂

    • My phone is on airplane mode 95% of the time. Unless I turn it on to use is then it goes back on airplane mode again. It’s awesome because then I am not getting hit by the EMF’s. xx

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