Do you sometimes have trouble remaining on task? Wish you could be more productive during the day? Yes and yes.
It’s a challenge for us all. That inspired us to compile some productivity apps that you can install on your smartphone or tablet to help you reach your productivity A-game.
- 30/30 (iOS) is newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface. It also includes a fully customizable task list; label, time, icon and color where you can enter an unlimited number of tasks and gives you the option of how you want to be notified. Check out more features with this video review.
- Outlook (iOS and Android) the Microsoft outlook app is a mobile productivity powerhouse, bringing your email, attachments, contacts, and calendars into easy reach. Outlook’s built-in analytic engine automatically surfaces important email (across multiple accounts) based on your communications, and quick swipe controls allow you to easily triage your email. It’s a great mobile email app, and works with Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo Mail and iCloud email accounts.
- Paper by Fifty Three (iOS) may have started life as a drawing and notebook app, but it’s since expanded its functions to include checklists, photo annotations and general note-taking, all while retaining the app’s expressive drawing engine and analogue feel. Users can easily bring together checklists, notes, and annotated photographs into a notebook system for easy organizing. Once you’re done, your work can be exported into PDF, Keynote or Powerpoint formats for easy use.
- Trello (iOS and Android) is a highly customizable digital bulletin board that you can use to set up anything from to do lists, tasks, notes and more. Users create “lists”, which are dynamic containers that can be filled with “cards.” These can be anything from tasks, notes, ideas, pictures and more, that users can then drag and drop up and down the line, or move to other lists. All of this can be shared with other users, with provisions for creating new cards, adding comments, and assigning tasks.
- Slack (iOS and Android) takes conventional instant messaging a step further to make a more useful group messaging and coordination tool. Slack covers your IM basics with real-time messaging synced across devices. It also supports file sharing, direct and group messaging tools. In addition, the app features a system of chat channels, allowing you to quickly set up subgroups for task or topic-oriented discussions. Slack archives your communications, allowing you to search through old messages, channels and shared files, and includes integration with a variety of services such as cloud storage, Asana, Zendesk and more. Premium plans provide more features, such as expanded file storage and better app integration.