Everyone shares the same 24 hours in a day. Yet it seems that some people accomplish a lot more than others in the same time. Ever wondered why? It’s probably because they’re using smartphone apps that help them be more productive.
Here are 7 productivity apps you need to be using right now.
In a world of messy scraps of paper the post-it note is king. Trello takes the tried-and-tested method of sticking post-it notes to a board to plan a schedule or event and places it on your computer screen. No glue or pins required!
Trello can be shared with other users and edited by groups together in real-time. It’s a fantastic, vibrant and easy to use app that makes life so much less complicated.
A really simple online grammar, spelling and plagiarism checker – basically an online proofreader. It’s great for a quick scan through before sending an important email or publishing a blog post. It can give detailed feedback if you’re writing something more substantial like an ebook.
Google Calendar is available on the cloud and syncs with all your devices. You can create and share a calendar with team members and another one with family. This gives you a quick glance at your day or week ahead.
If you’re in the Apple ecosystem the built-in iOS Calendar app works too.
Mailchimp is a cheeky little monkey that goes around delivering your emails for you. More specifically, it is an automated mailing program that allows you to send a newsletter blast to your subscribers.
You can automate Mailchimp to send an email when you update a blog post or you can create an email series sent weekly.
I use Mailchimp for my newsletter / email series. It’s free so it’s great for newbies just starting their new blog. The free plan limits you to 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 sent emails per month.
Dropbox (or Google Drive, for a good alternative) is online flash storage. I keep everything on this so I can access anything I need from wherever I am – even if I’ve only got my smartphone.
By utilizing sharing you can allow access to specific documents for other users to edit together in real time without making crazy amounts of duplicates. You can also share files by creating Dropbox links and emailing them to people, saving both the time and inbox space that come with usual attachments.
Dropbox comes with 2GB for their free plan. For a full terabyte of space it’s $9.99 per month or $99 per year.
Evernote is a simple, cloud based notes tool that I use for just about everything. I can type, photograph, video or record anything and save it as a note.
With its use of tags and folders it’s easy to search and maneuver files. You can access it online, sync it with other note software and operate it easily from your smartphone.
Evernote also comes with a dedicated email address so you can email notes directly into its notebooks without having to open the program. Syncing it with Google Calendar means you can have a note opened, labeled, tagged, organized and saved with an accompanying date within 5 seconds of picking up your phone.
If you use social media to market, then automation is your very best friend. Twuffer allows you to automate and schedule all your tweets in advance. You can create an entire tweet schedule full of quotes and blog posts so your Twitter account will never look dormant.