If you are anything like me, you’re constantly looking for ways to boost your productivity. When time literally translates to money, the ability to be efficient and organized pays off. We all have impossibly busy lives and an increased sense of productivity makes us feel more accomplished, organized, focused and in control. But with so many options out there, it’s easy to get lost in what becomes an unorganized ‘app black hole.’ Instead of downloading dozens of apps that are virtually impossible to manage all at once, pick your top five that address specific niches you need organized. Through much trial and error, we’ve highlighted our go-to, must-have apps that force you to be organized, productive and efficient.
Do you ever find yourself keeping 10 plus tabs open on your desktop, emailing yourself links or writing down blog articles so you can read them later? You’re not alone. There is so much presented to us on the web, it’s easy to experience some sensory overload. Say goodbye to sticky notes, lost email links and endless tab bookmarks. Pocket allows you to seamlessly create and manage your own personal ‘read later’ lists. So, the next time you are perusing the Internet and you’re eyes catch an article about how to time travel-what? It’s possible. – you simply click the small Pocket button on your browser, which will save it to your read later list.
Behold, the grand daddy kush of all news aggregators and online readers. The bomb-dot-com, so to speak- if you’re a 90’s baby. This has got to be one of my most favorite apps. Basically, Feedly allows you to view all the news, blogs and topics you want in one centralized place. If you are a frequent online reader- I’m guessing you are, seeing as you are reading online now- then, you need this app. Not only can you read and shuffle through all your favorite news and blog outlets, you can also categorize them into folders by topic and save articles for later reading. Oh, did I mention you get all of that for free? Icing on the cake, huh? Feedly also has a “Pro” option for only $5.00/month allows faster and more powerful search tools and integration with various other apps including, Hootsuite, IFTTT, Readability, LinkedIn, Evernote and more.
If you don’t have a Drop Box account, there’s a chance you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past five years. Drop Box is just a given, a must-have. This app is the answer to all of your storage space prayers. Not to mention, it makes sharing photos, large documents, videos and more exceptionally easy. What’s more? Your options are endless! With multiple package and storage plans, all the storage data you can image is right at your fingertips. And true to any good app, its fully synchronized process makes it easy to view and save files on your desktop, tablet or smart phone.
Ok, here’s the deal. There is a plethora of task management apps available and it all comes down to one thing- user preference. Personally, I want a to do list app that is integrated with my life, so to speak. You don’t want to have to put your “to do list” on your to do list app, you follow? Both 2Do, Todoist and Todoist Premium allow for that seamless integration from brain to desktop, to smart phone and done. Both apps have a great visual appeal and many of the same features with only some key differences (aside from price.) Most notably, 2Do automatically syncs with your smart phones calendar, has interactive notifications and has a “nearby” alert feature. My recommendation? Start with todoist (free version), if it has everything you could need and more then you are all set! If not, 2Do definitely won’t disappoint.
At times, managing your email can feel like a full time job. There’s Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Exchange and AOL- am I missing any? Probably. With multiple email accounts, it is a waste of time and energy to try and manage them independently. In one fluid swipe, the Acompli email app puts each of your accounts right at your fingertips. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. This free app makes attaching files, scheduling meetings, custom reminders and viewing your calendar utterly effortless. And to top it off, it works with Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Google Apps, Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo, Outlook.com, Hotmail, MSN and Live.