Staying productive can be quite difficult sometimes. These days it is very easy to get distracted by different things like Facebook, watching TV, checking Twitter, or even checking your smartphone. However, things like checking your smartphone don’t have to be a distraction any more. Having a smartphone gives you access to a ton of different apps. These apps can be on anything from a talking cat to keeping you productive. There are plenty of apps on the market now days that can help you stay focused and get almost any task finished.
ActionComplete is a task managing app that helps you streamline your “getting things done” (GTD) methodology. In the app you can create four different types of tasks; actions, waits, projects, and ideas. You can go even further in organizing your tasks by assigning different tags, contacts, or locations to them. This is an easy to use app that will help you see what is due today, and what is coming up in the future. You can also create voice tasks; simply state the task and any other details, such as: “call Mom on January 21 to say Happy Birthday.” The app will then create a task for January 21st to call your mother. Currently, Action Complete is only available through Google Play for $4.99.
Evernote helps keep you organized and remember just about anything and everything. The app lets you sync any files that you have with any device that has the app. This means things like notes, pictures, web clippings or files will show up with any device that is linked to your account. The app also makes it easy for you to collaborate with friends and/or colleagues. Whenever you or one of your colleagues makes changes to a document or file, you will be able to instantly see the changes. This is a great way to keep all of your thoughts organized and onto of any of your assignments. The app is available for a large variety of phones and plans.
For some people, the hardest part about being productive is getting all of their thoughts organized. iThoughtsHD helps you get all of your thoughts out of your head so you can visually organize them by creating a mind map. Mind maps are a great way to keep everything organized so you can create presentations, papers, programs, or whatever your project is. In the app it is easy to create topics and subtopics for your project. You can also move any of your topics around on the page so you can organize them accordingly. For people that are more visual, the app lets you change the colors of topics and subtopics. You can also add links to other files, add images, change fonts, and even change the links to each thought. Sharing your mind map is simple and easy. You can export the map as a PDF and then email it or even upload it to the cloud. The app is currently only available for Apple’s iPad and iPhone.
Skype can helps you stay productive no matter where you are. Staying in touch with friends, family, and colleagues is simple and easy using the instant messenger or texting capability. You can also send photos, videos or files making it easy to keep up with work whether you are at home, on vacation, or stuck in traffic. Sometimes talking face-to-face is the only way to do business and Skype lets you make voice calls so you can do business across the globe. Skype has different plans that are available making it easy for individuals, groups, and businesses to stay connected. Just about any smartphone, tablet, or computer device can have Skype, as long as you have internet, WiFi, or 4G connection. Sometimes when you are traveling you may not have access to internet, but some plans, like T-Mobile broadband services, let you connect quickly and easily so you can keep up with everything in your life.
The Quickoffice app gives you access to just about everything else you may need to be productive, like your Google Docs, Dropbox, MobileMe and many other accounts. It lets you have access files and gives you the capability to edit any Microsoft Office documents on any device with the app. This is an easy to use app that can help you keep all of your files organized even on the go. The app lets you access your files when you have internet, WiFi, or 4G connectivity. The app is available for iPhones ($14.99), iPads ($19.99), Android phones ($14.99), and Android tablets ($19.99).
With these apps you will be able to stay productive whether you are working from home, on a business trip, or even in the office. There are many different types of productivity apps that can help keep you on the right track and prevent you from getting distracted. Since everyone works differently, there is an app out there that is perfect for any or your productivity needs.