The best productivity apps for iOS and Android: Part 2
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 to 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.
Our list of productivity apps that we use at Fliplet continues here:
IFTTT is an app unlike any other, so much so that its concept is hard to explain. Essentially, it allows you to automate tasks, so that if A happens, the app will make B happen. For instance, one possible automation is to receive a notification reminding you to grab your umbrella whenever the weather forecast suggests that it is going to rain. Each of these automations is called a “recipe”, and IFTTT creates them by syncing across apps.
Although it sounds complicated, IFTTT is actually extremely easy to use, all the more so due to the great community of public recipes that exists online. Recipes are easily created visually by selecting the relevant app icons, and can be turned on or off at any time.
Trello is an extremely visual and flexible task management app based on cards that can be moved across lists within a board. For instance, a board can be created for To Dos, with three lists each labelled as ‘To Do’, ‘Doing’ and ‘Done’. Each task can be written on a card, which will be moved across boards as the task is completed. Simple yet effective.
Trello can be used for collaborative projects too, with cards assigned to different people, color-coded and given due dates. Cards can also have sub-lists, notes, photos or files, and effectively be made as detailed as necessary.
Nozbe is an app that manages time according to the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology designed by David Allen on his groundbreaking book. The app is designed to be used by individuals or collaborative workgroups. It organizes projects and tasks in ways that allow users to always know what to do next, never miss a deadline, and save time. It also syncs with Evernote, Dropbox and Google Calendar, allowing for tasks, files and notes to be easily imported.
For projects, there is a central master tasks list from which tasks for all users can be controlled. Project members can share projects and tasks, and make comments with text, pictures or documents. Users can also enable email updates to ensure they are always up-to-date with all project activity.
✔ iOS only
Timeful is a calendar that allows you to easily schedule events and to-do items all in one place. It also allows you to develop and track weekly habits and to find time for personal goals at empty slots in your day.
Entries can be color-coded based on categories, and items can be dragged and dropped across the calendar. A unique feature is the ability to ‘sideline’ events wherever you think more important events might come up. Timeful syncs with Apple, Google and Microsoft calendars.
Sunrise is an intuitive alternative to Timeful available for iOS. Its main distinctions are its offer of icons that are assigned to each event or task to easily differentiate them, and its inclusion of a weather forecast.
Sunrise also connects with a variety of calendars such as Facebook, iCloud and Exchange, and with other services like TripIt, Evernet, Asana, Github and LinkedIn. Events and tasks can be automatically created using natural language, and are easily navigated.
Pocket is simply the best bookmarking app. It includes an extension that can be added to browsers to instantly ‘Save to Pocket’ articles or videos. Alternatively, article and video URLs can simply be typed into Pocket. Pocket then puts them all into a queue for reading and watching later, no matter where you are. Articles can also be made available offline, and Pocket is generally quite good at knowing which ones to enable offline reading for.
Articles and videos can be shared and highlighted, and once read, are archived for your reference. Bookmarks are also sorted into categories automatically based on their content and the tags used to save them. Perfect for your commute, Pocket will ensure that you never fall behind with your reading.
Are you using any of these apps? If so, do you find them useful?