In today’s ever increasing and fast-paced society, with its endless abundance of information, one might find themselves not being as organized as they would like. Our mobile devices are with us all the time. An easy way for us to stay connected with each other, it can also be our greatest hindrance – cat videos on one of the 10 Best Apps Like YouTube or maybe taking tons of selfies with one of the Best Apps for Great Selfies, there is no limit to what we can do with our phones. What if we used these handy gadgets to enhance our lives by making it a more organized one? Use these mobile apps to organize your life. From on-the-go financial account management to simple to-do-list apps you can find a combination that will help you save time and stay organized with just a few downloads from your app store.
Evernote is one of the more popular apps available on the market today and it is easy to see why; 1) it’s FREE and 2) its seamless cloud integration allows for easy access from any of your devices. Appearing on many ‘best of’ lists, Nerd Wallet gave mention in its article 25 Best Apps for Small Business Owners. With easy search capabilities and an effortless, clean layout this app can definitely help you stay on task while away from your desk or the office. Keep all of your notes together and synced. Download Evernote for iOS or Android.
This app is great for anyone that has to get things done with a team. Sync to-do lists with coworkers, friends, or family to keep everybody in the loop and on tasks. The app allows for tasks to be assigned in real time and you can keep up with progress by leaving or reading comments or invite people to collaborate on a project already in progress. Download for iOSor Android.
Most of us waste a little bit of time on the internet clicking hyperlink after hyperlink until we find something interesting. We’ve also all experienced finding something you want to check back on later which has now become untraceable. With Pocket you can easily bookmark all those great links that you find of an article or video and the app generates this into an simple feed that you can access when you aren’t so busy. Download for iOS or Android.
RescueTime is designed to track your activity on websites and applications you use, analyzing the data to show you where your time is being spent. This is a great tool if you are looking to be more organized and maybe end a nasty procrastination habit. The app runs on most smartphones and can be utilized on your desktop computers as well to give you an accurate picture of your day. Download for Android or Google Chrome, unfortunately not available on iOS yet.
Let’s face it, our lives are all over the internet and therefore we have a lot of passwords to keep up with. This app is both a password manager and a password generator for those of you who lack a little creativity. Rest assured your information is safe in a secured vault. Let the app handle your logins with auto-fill, utilize a master password on to manage accounts linked to LastPass and more. Download on iOS or Android.
Managing our personal lives and businesses is a given, but what about managing your family’s activities? Keep organized and never miss another doctor’s appointment, game or recital. Get real time updates about what is on each family member’s agenda for the day and even send reminders to the more forgetful. Manage all events, shopping lists, and even plan ahead with what’s for dinner. Download on iOS or Android.
Ifttt is a clever one. It is the algorithm for what an app should be. Ifttt stands for “if this, then that” and as the name suggests it takes app integration a step further. For instance, if I add a new contact that is going to work on an ongoing project, their name would then added to that task in Wunderlist. This app would also be great for managing passwords so that any time you made a new account or changed a password on a existing account, these passwords would automatically get saved in an app like LastPass. A very slick design and concept that is very essential to keeping organized, it was featured in PC Mag’s article The 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2016 under the ‘Organization and Productivity’ category. Download on iOS orAndroid.
This is a very neat app. Like RescueTime, 30/30 will help you stay organized through time management. You get notifications about what is on the agenda for the day and approximated times that each task will take, setting off a timer when complete. Finish a task, move on to the next, and start up the timer when ready. In some ways it is like a game to get you through your day efficiently. Feel free to allot yourself some downtime with these Minimal iOS Games to Kill Some Time, but not too much time because the clock is ticking. Download oniOS or Android.
Trello is a wonderful app for project management. Similar to Wunderlist, you can monitor and interact with your team’s progress on each card, or task that you set within Trello. Integration with 3rd party applications like DropBox and Google Drive make it easy to upload attachments from tasks if you aren’t at your computer. Updates to cards are automatically emailed or sent as notifications to team-members so you don’t have to be hassled with making sure everyone is on board. Download on iOS or Android.
Shoeboxed is a great organizer for anyone that wants to avoid the hassle of manual data entry for receipts and mileage. All you have to do is point and shoot. The app can glean all information from the photos taken and even place the information it receives into common tax categories for easy expense reporting. Download on iOSor Android.
Using any of these apps to organize your life can help you whether you need assistance managing projects and tasks for your business or simply keeping up with your family. Try a combination of these to see what works best in keeping you on track. Most of these apps are free with optional upgrades, typically set up to give you access to more data that can be uploaded to any internal cloud services. With a few short downloads you can make strides towards making life a bit more simple and organized this year.