With thousands of apps at your fingertips it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Most people quickly realize they have no use for 9 out of 10 apps available in the marketplace. In this complex world of productivity tools, social media, reminders, and mobile access, each of us discovers a select group of apps that become a key component in our lives and life without them seems unbearable.
When you’re not scrolling through pictures of your ex on Facebook or begging friends to help harvest your farm, there is a wide selection of apps for business, productivity, and organization. It’s time to get down to business and there are different apps for different chaps, so my favorites won’t suit everyone but I encourage you to test them and share your own favorites below.
- Dropbox – store pictures, phone/security backups, passwords, team files, you name it. I have to rank Dropbox over Evernote because of all the bonus space I’ve earned. (50 Gigs – boom!)
- Evernote – keep notes organized, tag/label items you’ll need in the future, or bookmark articles to read later. View/Edit/Save material to your Evernote account while logged-in using any browser or access the same material while you’re away from your desk using a phone or tablet.
- Skype – inexpensive international calling from anywhere you have an internet connection.
- Google Voice – can’t get messages while you’re out of the office? Use Google Voice to have voicemails transcribed and delivered to your email inbox. Similar to Skype, Google Voice also offers inexpensive international calls.
- Whats App Messenger – send text messages to any phone anywhere across the globe for free!
- TripIt – email flight, hotel, car rental, or any other confirmation to TripIt and the information will be neatly organized into a trip itinerary. Stop carrying copies of your confirmations everywhere you go. Download the TripIt app and have your itinerary at your fingertips.
- Kayak – my favorite app and website for searching flights. Easily select your criteria and within seconds you have a list of all flights from most major airlines.
- Uber – refuse to fight for a cab? Limited budget but want to show up for your meeting in style? Go Uber! Uber will signal a cab, towncar, or van (set your own preferences) and using the magic of GPS your ride will pick you up at your current location for a small surcharge. You’ll never hail a taxi again!
There are several other apps that help me get through the work day, but the aforementioned list should be part of everyone’s bag of tricks. Commit to using a couple of the apps on my list for the next week and let me know how it goes. Is there an app I need in my life? Let me know in the comments section below.