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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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