As voiceover artists it’s our duty and responsibility to keep on top of things in order to better service our clients and to increase our productivity without going mad in the process! These apps are useful for any entrepreneur really, no matter what your career of choice.
I decided recently that a little discipline & mindfulness wouldn’t go amiss whilst running my business. So I’ve been chopping and changing my selection of mobile apps to insure things run more smoothly.
I love my apps, but I’ve narrowed down the list to a selection of 12 for this blog. These are not in any particular order of importance. Here we go! Most of these are on iTunes, if they’re Android, I’ve listed it as such.
1. Wunderlist – This app is totally fabulous. I installed it a couple of weeks ago and love it already. You can make to do lists. But the great thing for me is that you can make explanatory/detailed notes for each point. For instance, if I make a note to record a chapter of an audiobook. I could expand on that in the notes section to include which characters are in that section. It’s brilliant. And, you can sync across devices. So a note can be written on whatever device is to hand, and then sync it across all of them. I have it on my Android phone, my iPad mini and my iPod.
2. Good Reader – This is brill for recording scripts as you can highlight and make notes. I will also upload tutorial PDFs and articles, and then open them from Good Reader to ibooks when that format is more suitable for reading and study.
3. Notepad – I use this iPad app to make notes for character differentiation when I’m preparing an audiobook/working on scripts with multiple characters. It’s also good for whipping out to take notes when I attend motivation/educational seminars, etc.
4. Sheet2 HD – This is an excel-compatible app. I use this to make weekly schedules for projects. I am as voiceover artist as well as a handcrafted goods designer. So I’m learning to assign different days to the tasks required of the two enterprises. This can also be used to break projects down into bite sized daily chunks. Making a table keeps me from drifting along, from getting caught up in the internet social media scene, and to stay focused.
5. Alarm – This is just the simple alarm function on my phone. I set my timer and then stick to a task till it goes off. It’s easy for me to get off track, so this pulls me back to the task at hand.
6. Kitchen Pad Timer – This is an iTunes app timer which is very clever. You can set multiple timers. Good when you’re cooking downstairs, whilst working on your projects upstairs. Alleviates “burnt pot” syndrome! And, of course you can use it as in step 5!
7. Twisted Wave – This is a good one for recording. But I’m now experimenting with WavePad to see what it can do for simple jobs.
8. Twisters! – is a lovely free app of tongue twisters. I use these as a warm up, and at any time I think of looking at this app.
9. Prosperity – I see this more as an app for spiritual productivity and keeping my thoughts in the right direction. It’s got affirmations on it that are really powerful, as well as a few classic prosperity-oriented books.
10. Dropbox – This is great for sending, sharing and receiving materials.
11. Gratitude – This is a very beautiful journal in which we can record things for which we’re happy and grateful. I love it. You can put pictures in as well!
12. This Journal – This is an Android app which I have on my phone. I use it as an accountability journal. So I record days when I exercise, days when I study Japanese, keep track of when I blog etc.
And there you have a small selection of the much loved apps that I keep on my mobile devices.