These days, time is pretty scarce. I feel like I'm constantly running from one thing to the next, overwhelmed with projects, deadlines, trips and emails all while trying to squeeze in a social life. Thankfully, there are TONS of apps that are insanely useful for organizing, keeping track and prioritizing everything going on in your life! There are five key ones that I really depend on, and they've made such a big difference in my productivity (well, these apps + several cups of coffee lol). Without further ado... here are my top five!
one // Wunderlist
First on the list is an app called Wunderlist. I typically rely on a pen and paper for my "To Do" lists, but this app has some pretty amazing features that even a pen and paper can't beat. Wunderlist allows you to create several categories of "To Do" lists (for example, "Work" or "Travel") and then under each category you can list each item that needs to be done and sort them alphabetically, by due date or by priority. If you're anything like me, I have ideas running through my head all day long, and while I'm not always near a pen and paper, I'm guaranteed to always have my phone with me and can easily make updates or add in a "To Do." I actually keep track of my Grocery List on this app, too... whenever I run out of a food item or find a recipe I want to make, I just whip out my phone and add the ingredients. This app also helps me focus on career goals and the necessary steps to reach them, as well as lets me add in reminders and due dates (which is priceless!).
two // TripIt
This next app - TripIt - has completely changed my life and the way I travel (and if you travel a lot, you need it too!). TripIt organizes all your travel plans into one place, with all the info you need such as dates, times, confirmation numbers, flight times, etc. You simply forward your confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the app creates a master itinerary for each of your trips. The thing I really love about this app is that you can access it even when you don't have internet access (i.e. if you're on an airplane or in a foreign country!). The app even shows maps of the airports you are flying in and out of, making it incredibly easy to navigate and find your next gate. After using this app, I don't think I could travel without it. Five stars all the way!
three // Hootsuite
This app, Hootsuite, is essential for anyone who works in social media or has to make several social media posts a day. I use it to schedule out social media posts throughout the day, week or even month. This has been a special lifesaver for my personal life haha - Chris and I cook dinner together pretty much every night, and it usually happens to be right in the middle of my "peak" social media posting time. I used to tell him to "hold on" and then rush to get my social media posts up. With Hootsuite, I can schedule my posts earlier in the day and can cook/eat dinner with him in peace (which he really appreciates!). I also used Hootsuite when I worked in PR - it's very useful for managing different clients' social media accounts at one time.
four // 30/30
This one is really simple but is the best time management app I've ever used. The app 30/30 lets you set timers to keep you focused on one project at a time. Without this app, my brain flits from one task to the next and I get overwhelmed! You can set the tasks in order of importance, and then an alarm sounds when the allotted time has passed. When I'm working from home I like to schedule 30 minutes for answering emails or writing a blog post, then allow time for fun stuff like taking Winnie on a walk or reading a good book. Having pleasant tasks scheduled helps me get through some of the dreaded ones!
five // MileIQ
This next app, MileIQ, is great if you need to track your business mileage. I always forget to track my mileage, so this app is perfect because it takes care of everything for you! MileIQ runs in the background of your phone and automatically calculates each car trip you take... then afterwards you just have to classify the trip as "personal" or "business." Not only is it easy to use and create reports, but it's reliable too. It has made my life sooo much easier as far as tracking mileage is concerned!
Ok that's it! I hope some of these help you guys! They have helped me so much and made my life SO MUCH easier. Now I would LOVE to know what apps you use to make you more efficient or increase your productivity - I'm always on the lookout for new apps. Let me know in the comments! :)
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