It would seem that there is now an app for just about anything and everything you do in life. From business to personal, creating grand designs, planning corporate projects and communicating on a global scale, there is very little left that your hand-held gadgets can’t achieve.
Ultimately though, it’s the person holding the device that has to do the donkeywork, and with so much to do and achieve it’s very easy to fall behind and forget at least one thing from your ever growing ‘to do’ list – particularly when you factor in the amount of distractions that are literally at your fingertips, from free games online like Candy Crush, to social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
The good news is there is a huge range of apps designed to work for you, helping to keep you ahead of schedule and making the most of your valuable time. Here are 5 of the best:
Wunderlist makes it simple (and dare I say it – enjoyable) to organise your daily life. It’s the perfect app for prioritising your workload, and allows you to create a simple task list, add deadlines and due dates, and even delegate to other people. If you’re worried about forgetting something, worry no more. Wunderlist has got it covered.
This app is like having a portable personal assistant that lives in your pocket. Available for both Apple and Android, this simple tool allows you to manage multiple projects and actions, grouping and prioritising them in the way that suits you best – from complicated project management to simple to do lists. 2do was named the ‘best app ever’ of 2010 and consistently receives rave reviews from its many users.
This goes hand in hand with your ‘to do’ apps as it allows you to prioritise your work based on importance. Time is precious, especially in the fast-paced world of business. Managing multiple projects and campaigns can be tricky, and it’s easy to forget the little things – this helpful app will make sure nothing is missed. One of its more interesting features is a tool that allows you to review how much time you spent on past projects. Using this information you can identify process bottlenecks, helping to avoid these in the future in order to remain as efficient and effective as possible.
Evernote is probably the best note taking app. Ever. It allows you to write down and capture anything you need to remember easily, at the touch of a button, turning your device into an extension of your brain. It works with practically every computer, mobile phone and device out there, and the best news of all is that it’s free!
This app allows you to take your business with you wherever you go, meaning you can squeeze as much out of each and every day as possible. Cube provides you with external access to your existing devices and tools, meaning you have the necessary information to make important decisions on the go. Recently named by Forbes Magazine as a ‘must have iPad app for professionals’ you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it.
So, there should be no more excuses for missing that deadline or procrastinating about your latest project. Use your fast and quiet ultrabook, iPhone, smartphone or iPad to download at least one of these fantastic apps and start getting the most out of each and every day.
This article was written by Kathryn Thompson, a freelance writer who frequently has to manage multiple projects and deadlines. She uses several of the apps featured above to help keep ahead of schedule and on top of her workload.
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