Smartphones and tablets can make working everywhere and staying connected easier than ever. Emails, tweets, and text messages are great for keeping in touch and sharing ideas, but can easily get out of hand and end up wasting more time than they save. The trick is to find apps that will help you get and stay organized. Here are five worth checking out.
5 Best Apps for Organization and Productivity
1. Tackle your to-do list with Things
Things is a task manager app for Apple devices designed to help you complete that never ending to-do list. Things allows you to prioritize your work, showing you only the tasks that need to be done today. Schedule repeating tasks, set due dates, categorize your tasks with tags to fit your personal workflow. There are all things that can be accomplished using Things. Best of all with Things Cloud, your to-do list stays synced across all of your iOS devices.
2. Slash digital distractions with RescueTime
RescueTime Lite runs securely in the background on your computer. It’s designed to track the amount of time you spend using each application and website so you can get a better understanding of how you spend your day. Upgrade to RescueTime Premium and track offline time, set alerts and reminders, and even block time wasting websites during configurable time frames. It’s an eye opening app for sure!
3. Sync your Smartphone and your Google calendar with CalenMob
Google calendars is a free service and is a great way to stay on top of events and appointments. It also supports sharing your calendar with others. Take this flexibility a step further by syncing your Google calendars to your smartphone with CalenMob. Never miss an appointment or event again by using CalenMob customizable alerts where you can choose from from SMS, email, or pop-up messages.
4. Care for your most precious business asset — time — with OfficeTime
OfficeTime is a time tracking app that allows you to track the time spent on projects. It will help you take control of this most precious asset by allowing you to:
- determine if you have time for that new project
- determine how much time is spent on projects for each client
- ensure that you bill for all the time spent on the project
I especially like that I can sync it between my Mac and my iPhone, so that even when I’m working on the go, I can rest assured that all of the billable time gets tracked.
5. Visualize success with Mindnode
Mindnode uses mind mapping to intuitively organize your thoughts so you can stay focused on the main idea. Mind mapping is a graphical representation starting with a central main idea and branching out from there. Also with iCloud your mind maps are synced across your iOS devices. Need to share with others? Mindnode will allow you to easily explore your mind maps as an open format text file or an image. It’s especially helpful if you’re a visually inclined.
While there are many apps that help with productivity and organization, sometimes too many apps can cause more time wasting than not having any at all. If you can’t seem to focus or stay off of other apps while checking your productivity apps, don’t be afraid to go back to an old stand-by…a daily planner or notepad and pencil. It’s all about what works for you!