One thing that hasn’t changed in my life in the past few years is my reliance on apps. On the contrary, my dependence on lines of code for everything has increased in the past year. However, it’s not because I got busier or something, just because apps dominate the urban life now. Let’s dive into how and why “There’s an app for that” is the catchphrase for this generation.
I wake up at 7:30AM to the soothing alarm sounds of Sleep Better every single day, I swipe down to dismiss the alarm. Then, I tap on one of the five emoji that describe how well I slept. This is followed by the kind of dream I had, so I choose one of the three emoji. This is rarely followed by me typing a small sentence to describe my dream.
I get up dismissing the default Alarm that my phone has, set just in case Sleep Better fails to wake me up. Then, I delete a plethora of dumb Gmail notifications that I forget to unsubscribe everyday because I’m too sleepy. Occasionally, there’s at least one email to pay attention to.
I reply to a few texts I received on various messengers; Whatsapp, SMS, Google Allo. I swipe all chat heads for Facebook Messenger down because I hate Facebook Messenger. Unless it’s a message from one of my cousins or my elder brother, then I reply.
At somewhere between 7:30 and 7:45AM I read a bit of reddit on Relay Pro, some news on Chrome, catch some updates on Google Now. I also check my Facebook and Instagram feeds. Reply to a few comments there, get an ego boost with all the likes I managed to get during my period of temporary comatose.
Around 8:00AM, I fire Apple Music up and tap the shuffle icon. Then, I keep my phone in the furthest corner of the bathroom. I take a shower while singing along to any song that comes up. Those few tracks usually set up my mood for the day to follow. A Thousand Trees by The Stereophonics, for example, would make me have a day of deep understanding while Closer by The Chainsmokers would make me crush over my crush quite a bit more than I should.
At about 8:30AM, I run toward class while I have a conversation on some instant messenger. Meanwhile, I check Google Keep for any notes I might’ve made for any errands I would have to run before I enter the classroom. This includes notes, printouts, to-do lists, assignments etc.
I reach class anywhere between 8:45 and 9:00AM. There, I usually listen to a bit more music on Apple Music or perhaps, Wynk Music by Airtel. I use it for Hindi tracks, keeps things segregated and easy. Youtube is also one of those apps I use at this point of the day. One video before class never harmed anyone.
Classes usually end at somewhere between 3:30 to 5:30PM and I shuffle between countless apps during that time. Instagram, posting or cruising through the feed. Before posting to Instagram, I click a picture obviously. Google Camera is opened at an hourly rate. Random photos are an important part of everyday life, it seems. I use any app that provides the whitagram effect. Currently, I’m using Insta Circle since #Squaredroid stopped working on Android 7.0 Nougat.
Since photos are at the center of it all, Google Photos is used in conjunction with Snapseed to maintain a beautiful gallery of beautiful people and moments worth posting on Instagram.
If class ends early, we decide to go have a meal outside. Crownit for cashbacks on food is opened by all of my friends on almost every meal we eat outside. Nearbuy or City Surf are the go-to deal options and they work great.
During all this time, IMs and messaging apps are going on and off. Along with usual stuff such as Google Drive, Outlook, Gmail, Excel, Word, Docs and what not. Shopping applications such as eBay, Amazon, Flipkart are almost always opened at least once during one college day.
As I spend money, I record it on Financius to keep a track of where, how much and on what I’ve spent money on. Movie plans are impossible without PVR Cinemas or bookmyshow. I do at least one transaction using PayTM each day. It’s easy and quick.
At around 6:00PM, I feel a bit hungry or bored so I decide to go out, usually alone. I like it that way. So, I book an Uber or Ola or Jugnoo whichever is cheaper and will arrive faster. Meanwhile, I keep firing Google Now or Now On Tap throughout the day for any queries I might have. It’s probably 7:00PM, I’m sitting in café and I hear a track, so I fire up Musixmatch to find whatever track is playing. I fire Apple Music again to add the said track to my library.
At 8:30PM, I’m back in my room. At this point, I’ll use the Dialer app every day to make the daily call to my mother. Yes, we do that. If I haven’t had food outside and I don’t feel like having food from the places nearby, I use Zomato to place an order. I haven’t migrated to any other food delivery apps just yet since it’s rare event in my routine anyway.
At around 9:00PM, I open Netflix on either my laptop or my phone to watch a show or a movie. If not that, I’ll fire up some other streaming service or Youtube. If all else fails, I’ll resort to offline media acquired in miscellaneous ways. Then, I’ll mark whatever I watched on SeriesGuide which syncs everything to my trakt.tv account. At around 10:00PM, I’m juggling between various IMs again, along with some news in the background, with music in my ears. If a new comic is released that day, I’d use DC Comics to read the titles that I’ve followed.
I’d share a few links here and there as I use more social media and browse more. Pushbullet comes in handy when I need to send a link to anyone or to myself from any other device that I own. I reply to a few comments on the blog or check up on the blog stats using the WordPress app as I’m in bed and about to end the day. Lastly, I check Google Fit to see how much I walked today and feel consolation that I exercised without exercising.
At somewhere between 11:00PM and 12:30AM, I check my alarm on the default Clock app. I open Sleep Better again and start the sleep tracking so it can tell me how well I slept the next day and I go to sleep. Thus, taking you to back to the first sentence of this post.