We have made a lot of blog posts about mobile app development in hopes of inspiring people into creating great apps. If you have been here before, you know we advocate finding a problem people will pay you to solve and turning the solution into an app.
Since apps are my life, I read everything I can find that is remotely relevant to mobile app development. I came upon something that was more of a fluff piece on vogue.com.au called “10 Apps Fitness Experts Actually Use.” I decided to read it and was pleasantly surprised but not because the article was all that groundbreaking.
What I really liked about it was when I read it, I realised what a great teaching tool this little article was. Fitness experts know how to maximise their time. They spend a lot of time exercising and a lot of time spreading the gospel of fitness. If they are using apps, those apps are great at solving problems and saving time.
I am going to tell you about what the apps are, give you a brief description and then tell you what it means to you.
The Eight Apps Used the Fitness Experts
Apple Music (Used Both Experts)
People who exercise regularly often listen to music while exercising: especially those who are successful. Apple Music is the best for those who have iPhones.
Podcasts (Used Both Experts)
Any podcast app will do. School of Greatness, Mind Muscle Project, Radio Headspace and Herbody were mentioned.
Map My Run
This app not only helps map runs, but it also helps time them, telling you when you have to start to get to a place a certain time. It is GPS based.
This is an award-winning fitness app. It provides 10-minute workouts that are designed to energise, fight stress and improve mood. Zova uses the iPhone or Apple Watch to keep track of every workout.
This is a non-cluttered note taking app that is efficient and useful.
Dropbox is a cloud storage app. You can store everything you need there and it provides easy access.
This app has guided meditation techniques and mindfulness exercises. One of the best stress-busters and personal improvement apps out there.
Another guided meditation app. True to its name, it just wants to make you 10% happier.
What Does This Mean to You?
We decided to tell you about this rather ordinary article because it is a peek into the habits of two successful people. They have some of the same traits that will make you a successful mobile app developer.
They work hard and stay focused every day. They don’t have time to waste, so they concentrate on apps that help them produce. They also concentrate on apps that help them focus. What else do their apps tell us about them? They are extremely organised and use apps to create their own little worlds that they can thrive in.
First takeaway: If you want to be a successful mobile app developer, be more like the exercise experts. You don’t have to train for a marathon or even exercise, though 20 minutes of walking each day would go a long way. But you do need to stay on task every day. You need to realise that mobile app development is a business and treat it as such. And you want to use your time as efficiently as possible.
The second aspect of that article that is worth taking a closer look at: the apps themselves. iTunes is a must for people with iPhones. Podcasts allow us to listen to what we want to, when we want to. Each expert used a different fitness tracking app but both used one. Both used a meditation app. Both used a productivity app.
When you want to find problems to solve and apps to create, the fundamentals are always going to be the same. People want to make it easier and more fun to do what they do. They want to improve themselves. And if they are going to be engaged, they want it to be fun or enlightening.
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