The best productivity apps for iOS and Android: Part 1
In today’s busy world, ways to enhance productivity are becoming increasingly important as workloads become heavier and free time more scarce. Thankfully, the app revolution has answered this need. Today, there is a great number of productivity apps available, which millions are using to become more efficient, meet deadlines, and find more time to do the things they love.
Within organizations, productivity can increase by 40% or more through the use of mobile apps. Apps connect employees more efficiently and increase effectiveness in a wide range of areas; from sales and marketing to training and operations. They also allow you to schedule all your tasks, from work assignments to shopping lists, to work efficiently with employees based remotely, and to ensure that project information is updated instantly for all collaborators.
Here is a list of apps that the Fliplet team use for productivity:
Any.Do has a simple purpose: to ensure that you record all the things you need to do, and that you get them done. It has an intuitive design that allows you to create, drag and drop items on your agenda, swipe off tasks that are complete, and shake your phone to clear all completed tasks.
Any.do syncs across devices so you can keep your tasks up-to-date no matter where you are. It also allows you to share tasks with others, and to record tasks by speaking into your microphone instead of typing.
✔ iOS only
Carrot is a To Do app with an attitude: it rewards you for getting things done, or bullies you if you don’t. Completed tasks will award you points, while uncompleted ones will cause Carrot to become angry and insult you. It’s all a lot of fun though.
At its very basic, Carrot is a very minimal To Do list: swipe down to add a new task, swipe right to remove it, swipe left for settings and options. Its strength lies on the fun factor that the angry carrot provides, who adds ridiculous tasks to your list if you don’t have enough to do. If you’re looking for a To Do list with a sense of homor, Carrot is the app for you.
Evernote is a note-taking app that is so much more than that: you can include text notes, handwritten notes, images, PDFs, audio, reminders, and essentially bend the app to your particular needs. The strength of Evernote lies in its ability to record all your thoughts in one place, no matter their nature. Notes can be split into notebooks and assigned tags, and they can be searched using an in-built search engine.
Evernote also syncs across devices, and allows you to share collaborative notes and chat with other users. Another great function of Evernote is its ability to “pull up” notes related to the ones you are working on.
✔ iOS only
Thinglist is very different to Evernote in that it is specifically designed to jot down notes that aren’t pressing, like movies, food, books, etc. These items fall into one of nine pre-determined categories, which gives the app a great simplicity that is exactly the opposite of Evernote. Thinglist allows you to add notes for each item, and to search your notes, making the app easy to navigate and to use.
Basecamp is the ultimate app for collaboration: it is simple, intuitive, and yet incorporates everything you could possibly need for a collaborative project. The app includes a central web portal around where all project activity occurs, and each user has their own profile and dashboard with info relevant to them.
With Basecamp, you can have discussions, information, scheduling, task assigning and questions about a project all in one place. Users can log in to find out what’s new on their dashboard, or they can opt to get email updates for activities of their choice. Another feature is a Catchup button that summarizes the day’s activity if you have been unable to check in.
✔ iOS only
30/30 is a timer that also helps structure your day. Each timer allows you to assign specific time frames to each of the tasks you need to complete. It will then prompt you once your time for a specific task is done.
The strength of 30/30 lies in the ability to create a list of customisable timers for each of the tasks of the day in advance, so that the timers effectively structure your day into tasks. Tasks can also be assigned labels, colors and icons to differentiate them. 30/30 is an extremely simple and intuitive app that will make your day more productive.
Are you using any of these apps? If so, do you find them useful?