Hello BLB, babes! We hope you’ve enjoyed being on island time, relaxin’ and maxin' all cool. We are sorry to burst your summer vibes with talking about the grind but, have no fear! We are bringing you some killer apps bloggers are loving.
We all know Instagram, your blog and balancing everyday life can be a tricky mountain to master. With new algorithms, changing features and rules...it can seem nearly impossible to keep up.
Luckily, we got your apps covered to make balancing your creative journey a little easier.
VSCO (Visual Supply Co)
This photo editing app is an oldie but a goodie! I, Jessy, personally love running my photos through this app for final touches. Many free presets to choose from and beautiful ones to purchase.
This app allows you to edit the basics: contrast, exposure, texture, grain, clarity, sharpens, saturation and temperature!
Another amazing user friendly editing app! Afterlight is home to unique presets and editing tools, like discussed previously above. This app contains those trendy "dust" textures and "light leaks" many influencers are rocking on their feeds. As well as, popular shapes and frames! Perfect for IG story creations.
This app needs a drum roll ... because it may as well be the Leonardo DiCaprio of photo editing apps. Not nearly as extensive as the desktop version but it comes VERY close. This app allows you to upload your unedited photos and completely transform them into your Instagram worthy visions. All the editing tools you'll need on the go, as well as, upload mobile presets or save and create your own!
When To Post
This app is a well kept secret! With the algorithms constantly changing like the ocean tides...how does anyone truly know when the best time to post is? Well, this app DOES! And it does it based off your personal audience. You will need to connect your IG account and allow the app to analyze the best times for you to post. Completely takes the guest work out of trying to read your audience.
Preview / Planoly
If you're a woman who lives by her planner...you're going to love these apps! Preview/Planoly allows you to well, "preview" and "plan" your feed, and view posts before they go live! Move them around, see what works and what doesn't! Living for that "theme life" Me too girl! Now, you can see what colors and styles work next to each other and schedule your posts.
You may notice the app comes with your phone, and it's truly a gem! Now, you're probably thinking...what is so special about the notes apps? Well, you can use notes to keep track of blog topics, IG caption ideas, to-do lists, brand collaboration deadlines and my personal favorite - hashtag categories! Organize your hashtags into categories (30 each) makes posting so much easier when you can copy and paste them into your comments.
Time blocking is an effective strategy for using time wisely and achieving greater results. Blocking out time for specific activities allows you to focus on one task at a time, limit distractions and procrastination.
It's really simple to use:
1. Define your tasks at hand, make a task list.
2. Define a block of time during which you will eliminate all distractions and give all your focus to your tasks. Start the timer and work.
3. Take frequent breaks. Regular breaks are conducive to greater productivity and concentration. During these breaks take a breath of fresh air, do some push-ups, stretch or anything else that helps you to restore your power. Your body will thank you.
4. Repeat this work/break cycle and take a longer breaks when you feel you need to.
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