In the digital age of smart phones and tablets there are plenty of tools at our disposal to help get the job done. Of course we all know about the apps that we use thinking they are awesome but quickly fall to the way side of app page four where they are never to be seen again until we need to clear space.
However sometimes there are a few apps the come along that make the grade and stick around. Here are some of my favorite apps that I frequently use for productivity.
Evernote is great for jotting down notes to taking pictures of recipes to file them for later. Each note can be filed away in specified note books which then can be synched to other devices including tablets and computers.
I use Evernote a lot for recipes I may find in a magazine, articles or images I find on the web that sparks and idea, or even keeping sound recordings that have stuck a cord. It is a great way to keep a digital notebook that you can add to where ever you are.
I use Paperless all the time. It allows you to create category lists. I use Paperless sometimes for groceries or remembering things. But mostly I use it for story breakdowns. Kind of how writers use breakdowns or index cards. It is my digital version of that. Because none of the items are static I can move them up or down on the list as needed.
You can apply and icon to each list, create a checklist, customize the background, and sync with other devices. You can also back it up to Dropbox or send a copy of it through email so you can share it or just have an extra copy.
Paperless is only available for Apple right now but a great Android substitute is Wunderlist.
3 and 4. Dropbox/ Google Drive
These are both great cloud storage apps that allow you to upload files and share them with other devices or other people. Both have a good amount of initial space with room for additional space if needed.
Dropbox is great for syncing with other apps to have automatic backups, sharing folders with other Dropbox users, and anything you place in a folder is automatically synced where ever that folder is. I use it mainly for backing up my writing files and syncing so I can easily pick up and write no matter what device I am using.
Google Drive is great for collaboration. I use it often when I have to write a report with someone else and we can both view and live edit the piece together seamlessly. Synced with a Google email account you can open files without having to download them first and share documents in an email in a flash.
When choosing between personal and professional uses, I usually use Dropbox for personal and Google Drive for professional but ultimately it is up to you.
I have an iPhone and although the calendar has greatly improved since ios7 I still find it lacking a bit so my go to calendar is Cal. I love the way that it follows when setting up events, how the backgrounds are more stylish, and that it still sinks with other calendars.
Another added bonus is Any.Do which is done by the same company. Any.Do is a to do list that syncs with Cal and you can set tasks for today or a specific date. With each task you complete your completion number increases and when you hit a certain number you can earn Klip rewards which vary from goods to shopping deals. Also any task you don’t finish that day automatically moves to the next day.
Hopefully these apps offer a good idea on what to look for when looking for productive apps. Be sure to test out plenty of apps to find the one that best fits your work flow.
Got any other great apps you think are keepers? Feel free to share them below!