Best Productivity Tools for People On The Go

by · May 2, 201327 comments

How did people ever get anything done before smart phones? From note-taking to file storage, there are innumerable applications dedicated to making your life easy and productive, especially if you’re constantly floating from city-to-city, job-to-job. If you’re constantly on the go, I’d consider checking out some of these awesome apps to stay afloat in today’s ultra-busy world.

Dropbox:

For File Storage

Most people today can’t settle on just one device — we have to have our smart phones, tablets, and laptops all synced together. Dropbox is widely known, but don’t underestimate it’s practicality. You can store your files in a cloud and have them instantly available on any device you may need. There are also quite a few apps that can utilize Dropbox for additional productivity, and it can be used with just about any OS you want. It’s free, but you can buy extra storage space if you really need it (there’s also a feature that allows you to expand storage space via referrals).

Astrid Tasks:

For Group Efforts

This app is perfect for group projects that involve a lot of tasks at once. With Astrid, you can create to do lists and collaborate on them with others. The app includes a timer in case you need to meet a deadline, and will alert you when it’s time to get to work. Astrid is free for both iOS and Android users.

MobisleNotes:

For Simple Productivity

Like Astrid Tasks, this app is perfect for making to-do lists and keeping track of important tasks. MobisleNotes boasts simplicity without sacrificing any awesome features, like sharing lists to your Google Docs account. It’s great for anyone who wants to be productive without sorting through frivolous features and interfaces.

Evernote:

For Saving Links For Later

We often come across the coolest things when we have no time to spare on them. With Evernote, you can instantly save URLs, videos, notes, or online products to look at as soon as you are free. As long as you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to access your saved items on any device anywhere.

Penultimate:

For Handwritten Notes

Taking pen-and-paper notes is so old-school, so it could be time for an update. This app uses your phone’s touchscreen, allowing you to handwrite notes directly onto digital paper. It’s much faster than typing and it’s environmentally friendly, despite how natural its paper simulation feels. Penultimate uses Evernote, as well, so you can easily combine your work between the two apps. Unfortunately for Android users, this app is currently only on iOS.

Mindjet:

For Complex Projects

If you’ve ever tried to track your thought process, you know that thoughts stream out of each other with no linear logic. Mindjet is a note-taking app that emulates the natural flow of ideas. With this app you can create a sort of “mind-map” for your tasks and projects in the order you need to work on them. Working has never been more cool, whether you use iOS or Android.

Dragon Dictation:

For Hands-Free Notes

This free app offers voice-based note taking for when you can’t type on your phone. How many great ideas have you had on your long drive to work, only to forget them by the time you can jot them down? With Dragon, you no longer have to sacrifice your ideas to road safety.

Assistant:

For a Little Extra Help

One of Apple’s coolest features has to be Siri, the program built into most new iPhones that can handle just about anything you ask it to. For Android users, there’s Assistant. You can check the weather, make hands-free phone calls, and keep track of your daily tasks simply by talking into your phone’s speaker. You can even customize the digital assistant to appear how you’d like. Best of all, you get all the features of a real life intern without paying a dime — the app is totally free.

Google Drive:

For File Storage

Can’t get enough Google? The Internet powerhouse offers dozens of apps to help with every aspect of life, but Google Drive is probably one of the niftiest. Like DropBox, it specializes in cloud-based file storage, but has the additional bonus of working alongside many other Google apps. In terms of pure versatility and functionality, Drive would be a great addition to any Google Nexus 4 phone.

Wolfram Alpha:

For Endless Info

Need to work on some complex equations? With the $2.99 Wolfram Alpha app, you have access to all the knowledge in the world right at your fingertips. iPhone users know that Siri often utilizes the Wolfram Alpha database in finding information, but if you want direct access to every fact currently known to man, you have to check this app out.

Smart Time:

For Time Management

If you have trouble remembering to get things done because there’s so much on your plate, then this app is for you. iPhone users who need help with time management can create a visual representation of their schedules and chores, enabling them to easily stay on top of their day. Smart Time even syncs with your iPhone calendar, streamlining the task of marking dates and appointments.

MyFitnessPal:

For Counting Calories

Fitness and healthy eating have been on a steady rise in the past few years. With MyFitnessPal, you can easily keep track of all the foods you eat in a day and how much exercise you’ve been getting. This calorie counter will tailor a diet specifically to your needs based on how active you are and what you want to change. MyFitnessPal is the perfect tool for anyone hoping to lose weight, whether it’s a couple pounds or a couple waist sizes.

Fitocracy:

For Staying Active

Here’s another fitness app that’s meant to help you become a better version of yourself. Fitocracy uses a wicked-cool system — one that’s similar to gaining experience in a video game — to inspire you to work out more. You can earn points and unlock achievements just by going for a run, and you can even finish quests by completing various different exercises. This app will definitely inspire even the laziest gamer to get on their feet and get their heart pumping.


As long as you have a smart phone, there’s no reason to worry about being productive. Just download any of these great apps and you’ll be a super-organized, hyper-intelligent fitness freak in no time. What productivity apps are you currently using?

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Teddy Hunt is a freelance content writer with a focus on technology. When not behind a computer, Teddy spends the majority of his free time outdoors and resides in Tampa, Florida.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.grasso.756 Chris Grasso

    I always love articles on productivity especially with a computer because this is something that people often use as a distraction. This shows how you can use this tool for good instead of evil.

    • http://twitter.com/tedhunt9 Teddy Hunt

      Chris, any way to better utilize time these days is HUGE. Appreciate the comment.

  • http://twitter.com/katinajlove Miss Katina .J

    Great job Teddy, I am a fan of Google Drive and Evernote, but I will have to check out Wolfram Alpha. I don’t like using Siri that much and Wolfram sounds interesting.

    • http://twitter.com/tedhunt9 Teddy Hunt

      Thanks for reading!

  • http://twitter.com/snarkandpepper Kerry Jones

    I forgot all about Penultimate! I was using that on my iPad but then got rid of it… will have to try it out on my iPhone. Great round up of apps, quite a few I have never heard of but sound really useful.

    • http://twitter.com/tedhunt9 Teddy Hunt

      Yea penultimate is great! Thanks for commenting and reading, Kerry.

  • http://twitter.com/JakeMFisher Jake Fisher

    I love Google Drive because you can actually edit and create new spreadsheets. Definitely a great App. Astrid Tasks looks great. I just found a great language App called DuoLingo that crowdsources language learning for free. Very cool.

    Great list, Teddy.

    • http://twitter.com/tedhunt9 Teddy Hunt

      Google Drive is pretty popular, but it’s certainly valuable. I’ll have to check out those language apps, Jake. Thanks.

    • http://www.marketingyourfarm.com/ Iain Robson

      Astrid was bought by Yahoo recently just thought I would throw that out there.

      Wunderlist is pretty sweet too.

  • http://twitter.com/yazzywrites Yazmin Gary

    Great article! I use a couple of these, but I’m curious on the others. Thanks for the post :

    • http://twitter.com/tedhunt9 Teddy Hunt

      Welcome! Hope they help.

  • Dara Khajavi

    I currently use dropbox and evernote. I can’t wait to use these other tools. Thanks for the post!

    • http://twitter.com/tedhunt9 Teddy Hunt

      Sure thing, Dara. Glad you enjoyed.

  • Daniel Rock

    Great article! Evernote, Google Drive and Dropbox are my not-so-secret productivity weapons. Paired with Azendoo, teamwork and task management couldn’t be easier! @azendoo

    • http://twitter.com/tedhunt9 Teddy Hunt

      Thanks Daniel.

  • Katie

    This is a helpful post! I’m already a fan of some of these tools, including Dropbox, Google Drive, and MyFitnessPal. However, I am excited to try some of the others, particularly Mobislenotes. Thanks for sharing this great, organized list to make our lives more productive!

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  • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

    I’m not sure about Astrid. They were bought over by Yahoo a few days ago and have hinted at shutting the service down in the near future. I won’t bet my tasks on an app with a dodgy future.

  • Anna Pham

    I love google drive and I even stop using microsolf word for a while since I think it is more convenient to type anywhere without my laptop. Gonna check out Evernote. Thanks for sharing

  • http://www.assetpoint.com/ Asset Point

    No doubt that such applications have made our lives easier and productive, the above mentioned apps can be very helpful for people who travel a lot.

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  • Diana

    Nice article, thank you for sharing. For productivity, I would like to share an other app very interesting that I discovered this year called Beesy. I discovered on Evernote Pick and since, I use it all the time at work. The features available allow use
    actions templates, drag & drop to organized note, generate meeting minutes in 1 clic and sync all data with DropBox and Evernote. Very useful one.

  • Gary Nichols

    There is not enough praise that I can possibly heap on evernote. It has saved me on many occasions and their mobile app version is fantastic. I am actually working on an app myself and will be looking for funding. My plan is to have a bunch of face to face meetings and the best way I have found to do this are at tradeshow. I will be heading to The App Show in San Diego, to meet with some investors and to get discovered.

  • http://appsicum.com/ Appsicum

    Some good apps in line.. You can also check out Future Scheduler and Location Alerts Productivity apps (Paid).

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