My Favorite Productivity Apps

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To be honest, my phone isn’t for texting and calling. It’s for filtered selfies and Facebook. LOL, really.

Other than the camera and Facebook though, I use my phone to keep me on track at work and boost my productivity levels (because God knows how astray I’d be without these tools).

These are my favorite productivity apps, and I keep them handy on the first screen of my phone.

1. Calendar

The built-in calendar on my phone keeps me on track with what date it is – because yes, I still struggle with that. My days and weeks and months are all a blur so it’s not difficult to lose track. I also schedule important errands and tasks on my calendar and set it up so that I’m sent a reminder at least an hour before.

2. iBooks

Recently sold my Kindle (not without a heartbreak) so I do all my reading from my phone now. To save on space, I put all my books in a folder on Dropbox and email the “book of the week” (which most of the time becomes “book of the month” because it takes me that long to finish a book nowadays) to myself.

Reading makes me productive because it stimulates my brain cells (well, at least, what’s left of them).

Current book of the week: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

3. Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Sometimes I get stuck with a word, so this comes in handy. Enough said.

4. Mail

I linked all my email accounts to the built-in Mail feature of the iPhone so I don’t have to download the Gmail app (because I’m poor and I can’t afford the version with bigger storage). This is great for whenever I don’t have easy access to a computer and really need to send short and quick emails.

5. YouTube

Top three most-watched videos from my YouTube account? Tutorials, everything Hanson related, and SavvySexySocial. Really though, YouTube is kind of counterintuitive to the concept of productivity because once you’re in the YouTube space, you can’t help but get lost. Work-wise, I use YouTube to watch how-to videos. Also, clients send instructional videos or reminders, and YouTube is one of the places I dump all of those videos in* for easy access.

*locked and for private viewing, of course.

6. Google Chrome

Just because I like to jump to Google with life questions. Plus, all my bookmarks are on my Chrome account. Never used my Safari browser, so it’s tucked away somewhere in my phone.

7. Messaging apps

Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, and Facebook Messenger. Because open communication is the key to any successful relationship – be it romantic or work-related.

8. Tide

I’ve mentioned this app in my previous post. Tide is based on the Pomodoro technique, and I use it to effectively time myself. I’m in it for the white noise too! It’s available for free on the Apple App Store.

9. Trello

Trello is so pretty to look at! I love how I can move “cards” around and create checklists and tag people on tasks. I keeps me organized and up to date with a project’s progress.

10. Basecamp

When it comes to project management tools, Basecamp tops my list. I love how a team can do everything from there. You can create to-do lists, ping other team members, send email, link Google docs, upload files, and the list goes on! Check out the latest version, Basecamp 3, because it’s so freaking dope.

11. Evernote

I’m sure I’ve professed my love for Evernote a gazillion times already, but I won’t mind saying it all over again: I. LOVE. EVERNOTE. Seriously. Everything that pops up in my mind, I write down on Evernote. All my thoughts, ideas, to-dos, rants – EVERYTHING – goes into Evernote. I also attach work-related PDFs and Word docs to it for easier access.

12. Todoist

The browser version is the first thing I open at work in the morning. This contains all my to-dos for the day, which I’ve added in the night before. The mobile app is perfect for when you’re outside, walking somewhere or in a vehicle and suddenly you remember something that needs to be done. This is also handy for when you’re running errands and you want to make sure you get everything covered. Just recently, I was out with the husband to run a couple of errands (government stuff, stuff for the new house, etc.) and it was so easy to drown in distractions. Todoist definitely helped keep me on track. The thing about Todoist is that it gives you points called Karma and it offers “levels” – that’s added motivation right there!

How about you? What are your favorite productivity apps? Let me know!

 

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