Are you planning big changes to your life in the new year? Do any of those changes include getting organized or boosting your general productivity? Would getting your life and routines in order help you to achieve more of your goals and dreams?
Well, thanks to modern technology, you can now do all these things right from the comfort of your own cell phone. I’ve scoured the app stores to bring you the 10 best organizing apps that are guaranteed to help boost your productivity in 2017. From fully customizable lists, to reminder apps, these apps are everything.
1. Awesomenote (iOS)
This is an “all-in-one” organizer app that allows you to bring together to-do lists, notes and calendars. But there’s a million apps that do that, right? Sure, but this one has some of the best user interface we’ve ever seen in an everything organizing app of its kind. Bright, accessible and super-customizable, Awesomenote is a hard one to beat.
2. Evernote (iOS)
Evernote is, as its name suggests, focused in particular on note taking—from quick Post-it-style reminders to lengthy research, graphs and presentation material, this exceptionally clean, sleek app is a must-have companion. It also has features that facilitate collaboration.
3. Ifttt (iOS)
So you have your lists that detail the things you need to get done. Now, what if you had an app that did those things for you? Ifttt (standing for “if this, then that”) achieves it (to the extent that this is possible, of course).
The app allows you to automate social tasks like saving newly uploaded Facebook photos to the cloud, or adjusting notifications based on your geographic location. You can also set up automated updates and reminders, like having the next day’s weather forecast sent to you each night.
4. Timeful (iOS / Android)
Struggle to manage all the tasks you need to accomplish in the day? Wish you knew how to maximize your time to get the most from it? That’s where Timeful comes into play.
This app is known as an “intelligent time assistant”. You simply plug in your must-do and want-to-do items, and the app comes up with the most full and efficient schedule possible.
5. 30 / 30 (iOS / Android)
This app micro-manages your time management. Beginning with the premise, no doubt correct, that most of the day’s tasks fall in the 5 – 30 minute range, it breaks the day into manageable half-hour chunks. In the blink of an eye, a hectic day can suddenly appear much more simple. Goals can seem easier to accomplish. I love 30 / 30.
6. CloudMagic (iOS / Android)
CloudMagic is a beautiful app that syncs all your email account across all your devices. The app won a Weebly award in 2014 for the best visual design, and it shows. Instead of wading through multiple email boxes, your emails are compiled in one easy-to-read place. Best of all? The search function can’t be beat.
7. Asana (iOS / Android)
If you’re not an email fan, this is the app for you. Asana cuts down on the need for constant email by allowing for quick and easy collaboration. Work with team members on a multi-function interface that coordinates tasks and conversations. Perfect for the busy team on the go, this app is great for large projects with tight deadlines.
8. Trello (iOS / Android)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Trello.
This is THE go-to project management tool. Ideal for using solo or as part of a collaboration, Trello allows you to organize projects by dividing them into a series of columns and “cards,” each of which can be souped up to contain: progress meter, due date, and comment area. Truthfully, I don’t know how I got through projects without it.
9. FullContact Card Reader (iOS / Android)
Ever get a business card from someone then can’t find it when you need it 4 months later? Me too. But now, you don’t have to worry about that. Thanks to FullContact Card Reader, you can keep all those business or contact cards stored digitally. The app also allows you to scan cards, and digitizes the information automatically.
10. Shoeboxed (iOS / Android)
This little organizing gem helps you keep those pesky finances in order. It can be hard to stick to a budget, but Shoeboxed helps you do just that. The app allows you to scan paper receipts, digitize the information and track your expenses through their personalized algorithm. No more guesstimating based on your latest online account statement. Now you can stay on top of your finances!
There you have it! The 10 best apps that will help you boost your productivity in 2017. It doesn’t matter if you just want to manage your time better, or you’re looking to lock down your finances. There is an app for everything these days. That goes doubly for getting organizing and productivity.
If you’re interested in organizing (but don’t quite know where to begin), why not check out this complete guide to organizing for beginners?