Always looking for ways to be stronger, faster, and more prolific? What better way to become the 2.0 version of yourself than to test out an app or 12? We asked WeWork members scattered all over the map to recommend an app they deem essential. The result? Apps that will crank up your productivity, mindfulness, customer service skills, book smarts, travel savvy, and more.
Question: Is there an app that you find indispensable?
The app 30/30 has been a lifesaver for me and is probably one of the coolest productivity apps I've come across. 30/30 allows you to create a block schedule and set alerts to cue you when it is time to move on to the next block or task. For a busy creator, learning how to manage your time and setting specific time frames for each task is critical to not becoming overwhelmed with the never-ending to-do list. 30/30 helps keep my sanity intact by moving me through tasks in a timely fashion. This app saves me time and energy, making me a more effective creator and better leader.
I'm constantly reading. But over the last few years, as we've gotten busier and busier over at Toi, I don't have enough time to keep up with every article that's sent to me or that I find through social channels throughout the day. While I've deleted many apps over the years, the app I can't live without is Pocket, because it lets me stow articles away and come back to them the next morning or over the weekend with a cup of coffee. That way I don't embarrass myself at dinner parties when I haven't read 'that article from the New Yorker.'
I couldn't be anywhere near as creative and efficient as I need to be without the meditation app Headspace. It has literally changed my life, as clichéd as that sounds. It's taught me how to avoid getting trapped in negative thoughts and be present in the moment. The result has been increased focus, attention, and even greater empathy. And because it's an app with a wide range of guided meditations, it's easy to use and build a habit around. I just pop into one of WeWork's phone booths for a 20-minute meditation and emerge refreshed and ready to tackle the next challenge.
It's a very basic list maker, but I find it invaluable in terms of keeping track of various client projects, pitches, meetings, and day-to-day developments across all the above. Over time, I have found it to be a good place to 'get real' with myself and my expectations, i.e., to record how I feel at that moment or what my gut is telling me. I can also assign due dates for action, or label entries with priority hashtags or key words that make the most sense to me. Workflowy's perfection is found in its simplicity. I can use it via iPhone or on my laptop.
Instagram is actually the app that we use 24/7 and can't live without. Providing great customer service and building relationships with our clients is the cornerstone of our business. We don't get to meet all of our customers in person, and Instagram allows us to develop key relationships with them from afar, see all their great content (and repost it), and stay up to date on what they're saying about our current products and new products they'd like to see us carry. It's one of the only opportunities we have to communicate in real time with both existing and potential clients, and it's critical in enabling us to have the personal touch with customers that we feel is so important in growing our brand.
The app I can't live without is called Calm. It's an app that provides you with guided meditation. I use it every morning for 15 minutes as soon as I wake up and before I check any notifications on my phone. It's become part of my morning ritual. Basically, Calm helps your mind focus on one singular thing, like your breath or your heartbeat. The point is if you can sit there in complete silence and focus on something like your breath, it'll become much easier for you to focus on your daily work tasks despite all the distractions happening around you. I think I'm happier, more focused, and more productive because of it.
Technically I'm referring to the app for Chrome browser. Hunter finds me the email address for a name of an individual on a web page. Great tool for salespeople.
As a fairly recent immigrant to NYC, I find Citymapper indispensable to help navigate the myriad of confusing subway lines of the city—both the express trains that take you beyond where you want to go and the trains that for no reason decide to change route. (I’m talking about you, M train!) It’s quick, helpful, and intuitive, and adds a little humor to my day by telling me that I can get to MoMA in two minutes by jet pack. Love it.
I can’t live without my ClassPass app. Every day I get excited at the different workout possibilities!
For our remote team with members in seven countries, Slack has changed the way we collaborate. It is beautiful to watch company culture shape on our team channel in real time. The platform requires rules of engagement, but once they are in place, it’s very powerful.
Way2ride, Curb, Arrow
Apps like this are simply great for daily commuting via taxi in NYC. I prefer hailing a cab when I need it, over requesting a ride from apps like Uber or Lyft, because I am always on the move. The functionality that allows you to just type in a code with your phone that is in your hand to check in is great because between that and them emailing you a receipt, I never have to stop to find my wallet, and this helps me keep up with my own fast pace.
Between visiting our international offices, speaking events, and meetings, I often feel like I'm traveling more often than I'm home. I've come to count on the app WorldMate to make that all easier. WorldMate is intuitive with a great user interface, making it easy to manage my (complicated) trip itineraries. It sends updates on flight statuses, delays, and gate changes in real time, so you don't run into any surprises at the airport. The setup is simple and allows you to add trips automatically by forwarding a ticket by email. I even give it credit for helping me avoid a missed flight or two.