We could all use a little more time and a little more organization. That’s why I use a handful of apps to increase my productivity. Below you will find a list of my favorite apps and how I use them.
Evernote: This is my favorite app and is what I call my second brain. It does what my brain has trouble doing. I use Evernote to capture notes and easily file them into Evernote’s “notebook” filing system I capture thoughts, ideas, pictures, web pages, documents, web clips, and voice memos. It’s quick and easy, but what’s most valuable to me is that it automatically syncs to all my devices and I have access to my information just about anywhere. So I can make a voice memo in the car and when I get home I can pull it up on my computer or iPad. I can also share a notebook with a friend or family member so they can access the information as well. Evernote will be even more useful to me when I move toward being 100% paperless by easily scanning in documents that then get routed to a notebook. This is currently a free app and service until you surpass the free file upload limitation. I would pay $5 a month for the basic service that is currently free. I have no problem with upgrading in the future. That’s how much easier this app makes my life. In case you are wondering, Evernote has an open platform and allow you to transfer all your information off their servers and onto another if you choose to do so.
Goalman– This is a simple and free app that allows you to document your goals, set target achievement dates, and track progress. I use this to provided a quick scan of my goals and document my progress. You can even have the app create a progress graph just for fun.
Dropbox– I use this app and service to upload larger documents into folders. Dropbox is a cloud service that allows you to back-up data and sync to any mobile device or computer. I use this app to share larger files with others. This is another app and service that is free until you surpass the basic level of upload space provided.
HootSuite– If you use more than one social networking service like Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn you may want to utilize Hootsuite. I use this app to make a status update one time and Hootsuite updates all of my social profiles with the update. Additionally, Hootsuite provides you with a dashboard overview of your social networking information. For instance, you can see your twitter feed and Your Facebook update stream at the same time on one screen. This is my favorite social network utility app that brings my social networking together.
Done– This is a simple and free “To Do List” app. I tried at least 5 apps until I found this one that I felt really worked for me. I was looking for an app that I could easy add my to-do items and put each into a category (family, work, blog, etc) and then prioritize them with a 1, 2 or 3. This app lets you set due dates and track progress. I am also partial to apps that use color well and this app, though simple, is far from boring and is visually pleasing.
Audible– I debated on whether this app belonged in the productivity or personal development category so I decided I’ll put it in both. Audible (now owned by Amazon.com) is an app that allows you to play audio books on the go. The app and subscription is a good deal. I pay $14.95 a month and it gives me significant discounts to audio books and I get one free credit for an audio book each month. If you are in the car or travel much, this is a great way to learn, grow, and gain new ideas and insights. I have not found a music or talk radio station (aside from a Christian radio station I like) that is a better use of time while sitting in my car traveling from one place to another.
I use several other apps that I find helpful, but these are my top recommendations. I am always on the search for apps that can help me become more productive and use my time more effectively and efficiently. If you have one or more apps that you really like, please share by adding a comment.
In the near future I will share my favorite personal development and leadership development apps.