iPhone Apps to Help Your Productivity
Who doesn’t love phone apps? You probably have many loaded on your phone. You probably have everything from games to news to productivity.
If you’re looking to expand the apps you have to help you be productive, there are some good ones out there. Whether you’re looking for a personal, business, or collaboration app, the right one can be life-changing.
- If you’re a fan of the paper notebook to-do list system (highlighters, arrows, scribbles, different colored pens), which often becomes messy and disorganized, OmniFocus may be the right app for you. This personal task manager organizes your thoughts and ideas into a structured, concise plan. It is the quintessential GTD (Getting Things Done) organizational system.
- Are you visually motivated? Forest combines focus and productivity in a game-like app to help conquer your distracting phone addiction. You choose the length of time you’d like to work, and when the timer starts, a seed is planted. If you stay off your phone, the seed grows into a tree. But if you leave the app to check social media, the tree dies.
- Some information is best understood through charts and diagrams. If you or your team use this form of communication, Lucidchart, a cloud-based service, may just be your new best friend.
- Cloud-storing services, such as Dropbox, store your files in a remote location to be accessed later. The files can be shared, allowing for collaboration on projects.
- Evernote is a cloud-based software similar to Dropbox, but instead of uploading files, it works more like a virtual filing system or notebook. It’s note-taking, task or project management capabilities, journaling, etc., make organizing and working on projects more manageable.
- If task management software for team-based projects is essential, an Asana or Todoist app may be the answer. They’re helpful with organizing, tracking, collaboration, and managing tasks. When a team communicates effectively, productivity improves.
- Life tends to keep you on your toes, and a good app can make it easier. Using Any.do, you can organize your time through calendars, notifications, reminders, to-do lists, and you don’t have to worry about missing anything.
- Do you write often? If so, the Grammarly app assists with grammar, word choice, spelling, and punctuation. You can tailor your writing to a specific audience, control formality, and tone, and choose the intent of your writing (inform, describe, convince, tell a story, etc.).
- Do you sign a lot of important documents? DocuSign enables documents to be sent securely online. By alleviating the middleman (travel time, mail, fax, etc.), digital signatures have expedited documentation tasks and processes (e.g., mortgage origination, bank transactions, etc.).
- Say good-bye to note-keeping by hand. Otter Voice Notes can record conversations (even long-form ones between multiple people), transcribe, search for information, and share voice recordings. Now you can concentrate on listening, instead of worrying about taking notes.
- 24me is the ultimate personal assistant. In addition to assisting with basic tasks, 24me syncs with popular calendars, has smart alerts, can be customized, is shareable, and can connect to other services, like your credit cards and bank accounts to pay bills with just one touch.
- An organizational concept, IFTTT (If This, Then That), connects all your apps and devices. You can personalize IFTTT to specific situations. Once configured, it will do the work for you.
- And let’s not forget, there’s more than just completing tasks to be productive. Make sure you take time for yourself. Calm, an app for relaxation, meditation (various topics), focusing, and sleep, provides the opportunity to breathe and refocus energy.
Phone apps can be powerful tools! In your hand, you hold the possibility for greatness or at least the ability to finish a project or make it to your cousin’s birthday party on time.