There are some truly amazing applications out there that can simplify your professional life and boost your productivity.
If you’re wondering which apps to try, give some of these a go – they can help you to stay organized, keep you on schedule and give you access to everything you need to get the job done. And best of all, they’re free!
1. For note taking
Evernote is one of the most popular apps out there for taking, organizing and sharing notes. Users like this free app because it allows you to jot down notes of any length, categorize them by topic, add photos and attachments and easily find notes you’ve already written. Plus, it syncs your work across all of your devices so you never have to worry about not having access to your files whenever you need them.
Evernote can help you do almost anything – whether you need to create a to-do list, do big-scale brainstorming, take notes at a meeting or work on a long-term project with a team. If you’re constantly jotting things down on scraps of paper and end up scrambling to find them, Evernote may be just what you need.
2. For storing and sharing files
Sometimes email just doesn’t cut it. When you need to store or share particularly large files (think photos, videos, presentations and artwork), try Google Drive.
Though you need a Google account to set up your own drive, you can upload and share files with anyone regardless of whether or not they have an account. You can set up folders to organize your documents and decide who you want to give access to, including whether they can edit or simply view what you’ve shared.
Google Drive is especially helpful for working on group projects, since you can all work off of the same document simultaneously – it will automatically save your changes and show you who has made which edits. It’s much more user-friendly than sending email attachments because you won’t have to keep track of a new copy of the same document each time someone makes a revision. This is a must for collaboration.
3. For emails
We all feel inundated by emails at one time or another. Mailbox is highly recommended by many for helping you to deal with emails easily. The app allows users to quickly swipe messages to move them into a different folder, and actually learns from your actions to automate your most common ones. Plus, you can hit the snooze button to temporarily dismiss emails that aren’t very important in the moment.
An email app like Mailbox can help you to quickly clean out your inbox, eliminating the anxiety that often accompanies a slow but steady rise in the number of new messages sitting in your inbox. Give the app a try to see if it helps you to deal with emails as you receive them, instead of letting them pile up.
4. For scheduling
Cal, an app available on both iPhones and Android devices, is both fun and functional. It works as an agenda and event planner and will sync with an existing Any.DO task list. It will also remind you about friend’s birthdays and looks nice to boot.
Having a schedule with all of your events, meetings and deadlines in one place is extremely helpful for helping to you manage your time. With Cal, you’ll start each day off with a fresh list of your scheduled activities, ensuring that you don’t forget about an important appointment until the last minute. It’s a good way to combine events from both your work and personal life.
5. For work/life balance
All work and no play is never a good idea. A great app for ensuring that you’re making time for important things outside of work is Balanced.
This app allows you to pick which activities you want to prioritize and set reminders for how often you want to complete them (like exercising, seeing friends and working on hobbies). It’s a useful tool for reminding you to be more mindful and motivating you to achieve your personal goals.
Not only do apps like Balanced encourage you to take control of what’s important to you and help to follow through on the activities you decide you want to complete. They also will help you to be happier and more fulfilled, which will make you a better, more engaged and productive employee while you’re at work.