Do you ever find yourself creating to-do lists for organizing all of your to-do lists? Are you struggling with establishing a system for storing files online? Is the idea of sharing your screen in an online meeting a daunting task that you would prefer to completely avoid? Have you ever had hiccups in the past when attempting to collaborate with clients via the Internet? If so, you are not alone. Here are 10 tools to help you increase productivity, boost social networking, manage online storage, simplify communication, and make your digital life easier.
Wunderlist is the ultimate "to-do" list that seamlessly integrates all of your tasks through desktop, web, and mobile applications. Manage items in multiple to-do lists by adding due dates, reminders, subtasks, notes, and sharing the tasks with teammates or individuals working on a project with you. Prioritize lists or tasks by setting the item as "Starred" and quickly figure out at a glance for what's due today or this week.
Evernote is another productivity app that lets you create notes via text, camera, photos, reminders, and lists. Organize notes into notebooks for work, home, travel, and more or import information into a new notebook from apps such as Penultimate. Use tags and places to make notes easier to find too. And if you plan on investing in some wearable tech in the future, Evernote works great with Google Glass too.
IFTTT (If This Then That) is a service that gives you the ability to make recipes based on triggers and actions. Add channels such as email, SMS, phone call, weather, social media, calendar, etc. so that you can configure your recipes to automatically make something happen. Personal favorites include receiving daily weather forecast text messages, adding files to Dropbox whenever files are saved to Google Drive, starring email adds task to iOS Reminders/Wunderlist, and uploading YouTube videos automatically creates a WordPress post with the video in it.
Dropbox comes with 2 GB of storage and is an excellent way to store files and photos online. Easily share items with others by creating links to specific documents or allowing access to entire folders. Works great on mobile devices and tablets and is especially useful if you find yourself switching back and forth between a Mac and PC throughout the day.
Google Drives offers 15 GB of free storage that is shared between Gmail, G+ Photos, and Google Drive. If you need additional storage, monthly plans are available starting at $1.99 for an extra 100 GB of space. Google Drive is great for those who need a little more storage space than the 2 GB available with Dropbox and/or want to keep everything on the Google platform.
Box is another method of secure online storage that is popular with financial services professionals and starts out with 10 GB of free storage. Box is mobile-friendly and allows you to easily create notes, share documents with others, and sync data between devices.
If you use Gmail, then Hangouts is a great tool to use for instant messaging, sharing files, and impromptu video calls. The Hangouts Toolbox comes with a variety of options for sharing documents, your screen, and fun visual effects when communicating with others.
Skype is a nice tool for making calls from your computer, instant messaging, sending files, and sharing desktops. It is a reliable alternative to Hangouts, especially from the making calls from a computer perspective, and also works well on mobile devices.
join.me is a great screen sharing service for online meetings. It is a quick way to start a meeting and is a simple method for joining meetings; simply enter the meeting code, type in your name, knock, and join the meeting. Basic screen sharing is free and additional plans are available at the Pro and Enterprise level for $13 and $19 per month, respectively.
TeamViewer is the "All-In-One software for remote support and online meetings." It is free for private use and perfect for those in technical troubleshooting roles or in need of remote access to computers and/or servers.
Do you find any of these tools particularly essential to your day-to-day life? Are there any tools that we should add to the list? Feel free to join the conversation and let us know what you think by leaving a reply in the comments section.