Apps can make all the difference in the world when it comes to creativity, so I came up with my top ones. I am an iPhone user, so many of these are not available for other devices. For many of these apps you should be able to find something compatible or similar on yours. Below I include descriptions, benefits and my take on each. My goal for sharing these is to help you increase your productivity and get more done!
Wunderlist- Online to do-list and tasks manager.
I use this on a DAILY Basis! It syncs with your computer or iPad. Sometimes I email and print it. It’s such a nice checklist to keep on track. I’ve tried many apps for to-do lists and this one is by far my favorite.
Timer+ - Timer app that sets multiple timers at once. Time by the second, minute or hours. Runs in the background, so you’re free to use other apps. Comes with 7 alarms.
Why a timer? I use this daily to increase productivity. There’s nothing like setting a timer and focusing to beat the clock. This helps me stay focused, on-task and get projects accomplished. I aim to set the timer for 15 minute increments, but this all depends on the size of the specific project. Try it! You will be amazed at how much more productive you will be.
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Paper – stories from Facebook- Facebook’s Paper reimagines your News Feed as a deck of animated cards that gracefully weaves together text, photo and video from your friends and the web’s trending content.
This one I have mixed feelings about. It has beautiful, flowing navigation, but I have not figured out the algorithm (if there is any at all) on how they choose what shows up from Facebook. Sometimes it shows you the same thing over and over.
What I do like about it is you can pick Sections and scroll through them seamlessly. The categories I have picked are LOL, Exposure, Cute, Ideas, All City, Pop Life, Home, Glow and Enterprise. The additional Sections are Headlines, Tech, Score, Creators, Flavor, Equalize, Planet, Well Lived, Family Matters and Pride. So, as you can see, there’s lots of great content to read and share from across the web with Paper.
The below are some of the claimed Features from Wikepedia.
Facebook Paper has also experimented with content collaboration with third parties. The first such collaboration was with TED, and was announced on March 17, 2014.
G-Whizz! Easiest way to use your favorite Google apps, plus the most popular social apps, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Linkedin and more.
I heard about this one from my friend, Mike O’Neil. With this, you can manage all your platforms, including Google apps! I use this all the time. Sorry, but it is only made for iPhone at this time. This app does cost $2.99, but is well worth the one-time small fee.
7min Workout - A high intensity interval training app
Most mornings (I can’t say all), I use this app to do a quick workout. Haven’t you heard that working out in the morning helps increase your energy all day? Well, it does. I tend to want to start working right away each day, so taking 7 minutes to workout really helps increase that energy, which also helps increase my productivity throughout the day. Love this app!
Groovebook - App that prints up to 100 of your phone photos and creates beautiful album and mails it to you monthly.
This is one I saw on the show Shark Tank and knew I had to have it. For me, this is so helpful to actually print off all those pics on my iPhone. This app is so cheap for getting up to 100 prints put into a perforated book. Once you’ve sent your pictures to Groovebook, you can save on your computer and delete from your phone.
Pocket - An app that lets you take your content with you. Whenever you come across an interesting article, video, or website you want to check out later, you no longer have to send yourself links or bookmark items in your browser. Simply put it in your Pocket.
I use this to collect articles that I want to share in the future or reference later. This app is used often!
MileIQ - An easy-to-start, easy-to-use service for tracking, classifying and submitting your reimbursable miles.
One of my biggest downfalls with running my own business is tracking that mileage when I drive to meet clients. Each year I tell myself to write it down each time, but that just doesn’t happen. Then I found this app. It is amazing. You don’t even have to remember to turn it on or off. You just go through what it tracks for you and slide right or left for business or personal. So simple! If you drive a lot for your business, this one is a no-brainer!
Podcasts – amazing way to discover, subscribe to, and play your favorite podcasts.
I am a huge podcast listener and have a podcast (Social Media Hangout Time) myself. So this app is used more than any of my apps. I have learned so much by listening to podcasts. It streamlines my time because I can listen while I clean, workout, get some sun and more. So go download this app and find some podcasts you like. You might become hooked like me. J
Pages (Facebook)- Helps admins connect with their audiences and keep up with activity on multiple Pages, all in one place.
I often use this to manage my pages right from my phone. If you don’t have this app and you manage a Facebook page, you are missing out. You can post direct to your page from here. You can also check and respond to messages here, view your insights and more.
So this cover the top apps I'd suggest for productivity.