Posted on June 15, 2016
People are always looking for convenient ways to bring technology into their lives to keep themselves organized, stay connected with friends, family, and co-workers, and help accomplish their goals. There are so many productivity apps out there that claim to do everything. The trick is in finding the ones that work best for you.
Slack is a great tool for team communication. Along with having one-on-one chat conversations with team members, channels can be set up that the entire team, or just specific members, have access to. Channels are a great place for collaboration, document sharing, and group discussions. Our team takes advantage of both of these features, as well as the large selection of emojis :) Slack also has an option to search for files and keywords, which is great for jumping back to reference a conversation that took place a month ago.
Google Drive is an awesome place to store and share documents. You can create documents, spreadsheets, and drawings in your personal folders and share them with your team for review, editing, and comments within seconds. Google Docs makes it easy for everyone to be on the same page. Our team has a collection of shared folders, keeping all of our information in one place while making sure everyone is on board.
Keeping your passwords safe is essential. LastPass makes it easy for you to keep all of your accounts protected by generating strong passwords and saving them in your "Vault". When you go to a site that you've generated a password for, LastPass lets you know and gives you the option to auto-fill the username and password boxes. Have an account that you need to share with someone else, but don't want to say or write down your password? You can share that site using LastPass and that person will have access to it, without compromising your account credentials.
Any commuter would agree that an app that makes parking less of a headache is worthwhile. Metered parking apps make it simple and fast to park your car and get on with your day. Many apps like the ones here allow you to search for, reserve, and even pay for your parking spot ahead of time. Some even include a timer to help avoid tickets and give exclusive deals and discounts.
Trello gives teams the opportunity to be transparent and stay on task. Create a board and add some lists like "To be discussed at next meeting", "In progress", or "Up next" so everyone on your team stays in the loop. After that, add cards to your lists. Some examples include "Email Customers about Sale" or "Write Announcement for New Feature". You can assign team members and add due dates, labels, and attachments. You can even make checklists inside of a card. Cards can be easily dragged and dropped into a new list when their status changes.
Schedule work and life appointments, due dates, and reminders with Google Calendar. Adding start and end times to events makes this calendar a valuable tool to keep your team, family, or friends on the same page and make sure no one is scheduled to be at 2 places at once. You can also set recurring events daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly, making scheduling simple and streamlined.
With OneNote, you can take notes the way you want to. Type on the keyboard, use a stylus, or just use your finger to scribble down what you need to. You can convert your handwritten notes to text later. Pull clips and pictures from the web, collaborate, and share information from anywhere. Since OneNote is a Microsoft product, it easily integrates Outlook and Excel, as well.
If you're a fan of making lists, you'll love Wunderlist. It's a great tool for keeping track of work tasks, To Do's at home, bill payments, and upcoming or recurring events. Change the background to suit your mood, then organize your lists into folders (Work, Home, etc) and sort the items alphabetically, by Due or Creation date, or priority. You can even share your lists with others by entering their email address. The Pro version of Wunderlist also offers unlimited file attachment, unlimited task assigning for teams, unlimited subtasks, and additional backgrounds.
Keep track of your travel plans using FlightView. Save your trips by adding specific flight numbers and descriptive notes. Get real time information about the flight arrival, departure, delays, weather, airport and parking information all in one place. FlightView also shows local services like Find a Car and gives you the opportunity to search for local hotels so that you can have all the details of your trip in one place.
We're always on the lookout for new ways to be productive. What apps do you use to stay organized and efficient?
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