A commute can seem like the most wasted time of day. But with the help of your phone – and a few apps – you can put that time to good use.
Whether you're looking to spend your travelling time catching up on work, preparing yourself for the day ahead, clearing your head before or after a heavy day at the office, or something completely different, there's an app for you.
The following 10 iOS apps will make your daily commute so much better.
What's on your plate today? Give yourself the daily briefing with Sunrise , a pretty perfect calendar app, which automatically and attractively syncs with your Google calendars. It's intuitive to navigate, making even the most chaotic of schedules look colorful and manageable. Adding, editing, and sharing events couldn't be simpler.
One Big Thing is simplicity itself: a stripped back app whose main purpose is to get you focused on the one big task you'd like to achieve today. A simple but well executed idea, One Big Thing has you note down your one main goal, plus 3 other tasks you also hope to get done.
Each day, you get set notifications to remind to enter your tasks for the day - say, for when you're on the bus to work - and once you've done them, just tap 'Done' to complete them. Simples. For an IAP, you can add theme customization and some cute stickers too.
One Big Thing doesn't overload you with all of the many things on your to-do list. With only your most important tasks to deal with, scratching tasks off when they're done is all the more satisfying.
Quartz is a news reading app that curtails the news to what you really want to read. You can determine what is interesting and what isn't, and then you will see more of that reading. There is a catch, however, and that is that the stories only stay there for a few minutes.
The app functions as an an ongoing conversation about the news, sort of like texting. The app sends you messages, photos, GIFs, and links, and you can decide when you're interested in reading more. Each session lasts just a few minutes, so it's perfect for the train, elevator, grocery store line, or wherever you have a spare moment.
Minimalism is definitely Overcast's strong point. Browsing through the epic catalog is a breeze, and a couple taps lets you download for listening later only (no streaming here), making it perfect for the morning commute.
What the HECK was that weird dream all about last night? Spend the morning hustle working it out. Dream Moods is a combo dream dictionary and journal, letting you look up and save symbols from your nighttime adventures. It even includes more modern symbols like "Internet" for those dreaming of electric sheep.
Know Fast delivers short (less than four-minutes), hand-picked YouTube videos to you each day, packed with all manner of fun facts and new skills, in a range of different categories. It’s a great way to spend a few minutes learning something new in a field you’re interested in, or just to expand your horizons a bit.
TaleHunt: Read and write very short stories in romance, love and fiction
TaleHunt is the simple but sweet official app for the community dedicated to writing, reading, and posting short stories. With TaleHunt, aspiring writers can compose and share stories of up to 250 characters, helping them showcase their creativity and build an audience.
Likewise, if you prefer to read, there are plenty of little literary gems to enjoy every day, perfect whether you have 10 minutes to spare, or longer.
Comma is a smart productivity app that searches your email and fishes out all the mail newsletters you subscribe to, but never have time to read because the minute you open your inbox, you're flooded with other more pressing emails.
Search the newsletters you want, subscribe to featured content straight form the app, get notifications when they arrive, and enjoy and share them in peace. Watch this space for an upcoming offline view feature, perfect for when you're on the subway or underground without internet connection.
Day One is a distraction free journal app with a beautiful, graceful design. A small app that packs an insane amount of functionality, you can record details of your daily life, feelings and activities and add a photo to each entry. A great way to reflect on the day you just had as you trundle on home.
Kitchenbowl Recipes & Cookbook
How about a tasty, home-cooked dinner after a stinky day in the office? Kitchenbowl Recipes & Cookbook is a surprisingly lightweight, easy-to-use app, almost like a Facebook for master chefs.
Kitchenbowl has a huge community that lets you check out what other users are creating and sharing. You can bookmark recipes for later, a definite time-saver, and it also lets you follow other top users so you always know what they’re up to.