5 Apps to Use on Your Daily Commute

Monday to Friday, my day job is in the city.

This means each weekday I catch public transport to and from work.

While I have my headphones in and listen to my favourite tunes, I use this time to prepare for the day ahead – for the blog and social media. I have a little routine that I follow to maximise the relatively short amount of time I’m in transit (15-20 minutes) and there are a handful of apps that I use to make this happen.

By doing a little prep work during a time I’d be doing little other than staring out the window or avoiding awkward eye contact with fellow passengers, it helps me to feel organised and ready to take on the day.

I figure there are others out there who have a day job on top of blogging, or those who just enjoy social media, so I thought I’d share the apps that work for me.

Without further ado, here are the 5 apps to use on your daily commute…

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1. VSCOcam

Before I leave the house, I take an outfit photo and upload it to my iPhone. Then, once I’m on the bus, I open up VSCOcam and edit the image.

I love the filters in this app and I’d highly recommend having a play with a few of them, discovering your favourite and then sticking to it. This way your photos might be of different subject matters, but they will all have a similar look, which makes them easily identifiable as your own.

For me, I like clean, light and bright images that are pleasant to the eye and look as close to real life as possible. Particularly great for outfit photos and capturing the clothes as they really are.

If you’re not a fan of VSCOcam or find it too fiddly, another great option is PicTapGo.

2. Instagram

Once I’ve edited and saved my photo, I upload it to Instagram. I love taking part in the #everydaystyle hashtag that Nikki from Styling You created. It inspires me to make a little extra effort for myself each day and it’s also a great hashtag to search to see what other women are wearing and to draw fashion inspiration from them.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Instagram is my favourite social media platform. I love scrolling through my feed to see what everyone’s been up to and I will also seek out my favourite ‘grammers and scroll through their feed, making sure I like and comment on any photos I may have missed.

If you’re a brand or a blogger, it’s imperative to be appearing in people’s feeds on a regular basis so I would recommend posting daily. I like to post at least twice a day – morning and night. That way you’re capturing the attention of people who like to check in on social media first thing in the

morning or after their day is done, and you’re always at the forefront of their mind – or at least their screens.

3. Facebook / Pages

If you’re someone who enjoys social media but has no interest in blogging, then your daily commute is a great way to catch up on what your friends and family have been up to on Facebook.

For bloggers, this time is perfect for scheduling in content to be shared throughout the day. Facebook loves itself {true story} so by posting, scheduling and sharing within the Pages app (or the Facebook website if you’re on your computer), you are increasing your odds of being seen in people’s news feeds. Well, as much as Facebook will allow, anyway.

Again, this is another way of being organised and having a presence on social media throughout the day, when you might be otherwise indisposed (ie: working).

4. Pinterest

I absolutely adore Pinterest. I find it equally relaxing and inspiring and love adding different pins to my many and varied boards. In fact, I’ve shared 10 ways to use Pinterest here on the blog previously.

On the flipside, there are some people who find Pinterest a massive time suck. A virtual rabbit hole you can fall down and find your way out of, far too many minutes (or hours) later.

This is where your daily commute can act like a timer.

It’s said that spending about 15 minutes per day on Pinterest (pinning 20% of your own content and 80% of other people’s) can help grow your Pinterest following and drive traffic to your blog. So if your trip is as short as mine, that’s basically the entire ride. If it’s longer, simply allocate a 15 minute time limit by using the timer on your phone or finishing by a certain stop during your journey.

5. Evernote

I really like Evernote for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s a handy central location to jot down blog post ideas or save links on the go. You can be anywhere and all you need to do is open up the app, create a new note or add to an existing one and it will automatically save it for you.

Secondly, within the app you can create notebooks that can store a number of notes on the same topic within it. A handy little way to stay organised and find things quickly and easily.

I also like to use Evernote to save documents I use frequently – such as my media kit. This means if I’m away from my computer and someone requests my media kit, I can email it to them directly from my Evernote app. How cool is that?!

I’m sure there are a million other fantastic uses for Evernote, so if you know of any, please share them in the comments!

Which apps do you like to use during your daily commute?

If you don’t commute, which apps do you like to use on a daily basis?

Comments

  1. says

    I just found out about VSCO the other day, but haven’t had a chance to try it yet. I always interested to see what apps other people use to stay on track with blogging/ everyday life. Thanks for sharing Sonia 🙂

    • Sonia says

      I have Snapseed, but am yet to use it. I really should have a play. Ooh, I like the sound of Wunderlist – thanks for the tip!

    • says

      Totally love Wunderlist for making sense of the craziness! Thanks for this post – I use this already but reading inspired a new (and maybe great !?!?) idea for my own blog :0) x

  2. says

    Ohhh, I’ll have to research a quick way on pinning my blog content to Pinterest. I tend to forget this and only focus on looking at all the other amazing things people have pinned.

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