6 Ways to an “APP-ier” Work Day
These productivity mobile apps will help you get there.
We chicGeeks are strong believers that with the right mobile apps at your fingertips, you can follow the mantra: “Don’t work longer—work smarter.” By using tools that do some of the time-consuming legwork so you don’t have to, you might just gain a few extra hours each day (for more of the fun things in life…like the pool). To help you look even smarter than you already do (we know, it’s hard to believe it’s possible), here are six of our favorite productivity apps for iPhone and Android.
When it comes to checking things off of your growing list of tasks, finding a great web-based to-do list manager that also sports a mobile app is not such an easy task. That’s why we really love Flow from MetaLab (getflow.com). This iPhone app works well for individuals or for teams. Surprisingly, many of the other task management systems out there don’t allow for multiple users and collaboration. With Flow, you can assign, delegate, comment and easily communicate your project goals and tasks. The interface is clean and well-organized—so even less technical folks will find it intuitive. The app is free to download, and subscription to the service is $9.99 per month (or $99 per year) with discounts for larger groups.
2. UP IN THE AIR
Being able to access your files from anywhere, anytime is a definite productivity booster. That’s why we love the cloud. You’ve probably already heard of Dropbox (dropbox.com), a file hosting service that allows you to upload your files to the cloud, store them, sync them with multiple devices and share them with others. But, many don’t realize that Dropbox has a great iPhone and Android app. Forget to attach that PDF to an email? There’s no need to drive back to the office when you’ve got Dropbox on your team—just retrieve and send it right from your phone, thanks to cloud technology.
3. SOUND OFF
Dragon Dictation (dragonmobileapps.com) is a great free app that allows you to speak and instantly see your text messages or emails—saving you tons of time typing on that tiny screen. You can also update your status on Facebook and Twitter simply by talking into the phone. Speak anything from a short text to a longer email or message—the Dragon Dictation voice recognition software supports many languages.
4. TEAM PLAYER
Save Meeting (savemeeting.com) is a tidy little app that you can download for free. With this tool, you can record, edit and share meetings with your whole team. Your audio is stored in the cloud, so there’s no need to keep all of those big files on your hard drive. You can also include audio marks, attach additional files and transcribe your meetings automatically, either during or after the recording.
5. FAX OF THE FUTURE
Turn your iPhone camera into a document scanner and fax machine with JotNot scanner (free or $1.99 for the professional version). JotNot can scan and save documents, receipts, whiteboards, napkin scrawl and more. Plus, you can tag and sort documents for easy searching and retrieval later. JotNot can also batch scan multiple pages and will allow you to fax your documents to US numbers for $0.99 for up to five pages.
6. NOTE TO SELF
Evernote (evernote.com) is a free app that lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice notes and more. Easily organize, tag and search all of your notes with each of your devices. You can also email, facebook and tweet your notes—so sharing is easy. The desktop client for Mac and PC gives you access to a powerful interface for managing all of your Evernote notes and notebooks, and browser plugins allow you to clip notes from the web and emails. What’s more, you can sync your notes to your web-based account, and voila—you have access to the info anytime, anywhere.
6 Ways to an À_APP-ierÀ_ Work Day
Photo credit: Illustration by Matthew Strom