Friday, 12 January 2018

Top 5 Organisational Apps!

This week we're giving you a rundown of our top 5 apps to help you stay organised in the new year. Why not start the year as you mean to go on and try some of these organisational based apps to help you stay on top of everything this year.


Things
Platform: iOS
Cost: £9.99
Things is a great app to help you manage your time and is a great all rounder app. It covers all things organisational that you could imagine, although the price reflects that. The Things app includes lots of features such as the ability to talk to Siri and add reminders that allows you to get things off your mind quickly. As well as this you can create projects for each of your goals which give you more structure and clarity to view all your current goals. Your calendar events can also be incorporated into the app also which allows you to plan your time in relation to your to-do lists, goals and your current workflow for what you need to get done.


Evernote
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
Evernote allows you to collect, write and capture ideas or things you need to jot down to get out of your mind but not forget about. This app gives you various note-taking format options such as sketches, text, audio, PDFs, video, web clippings, photos and many more. You can also utilise your phone's camera with this app as you can scan and digitalize images. Evernote also lets you sync up with all your other devices so you never miss anything and keep everything secure with a password. Using Evernote, you can also create checklists and reminders to keep you on track with all your tasks, along with many other business orientated abilities that Evernote has.

Google Drive
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
With Google Drive, you can easily save all your documents and view other documents, PDF's, videos and photos. Not only can you save files for your own use but it also makes sharing files with other people very easy. The Google Drive app is a great one for backing up all your documents and sending them to colleagues or friends.


LastPass
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
The LastPass app is great for keeping all your passwords secure so that you can sign into everything with touch ID. LastPass allows you to set one strong password to allow you stay in control of all your different variations of passwords to various different websites and apps. There are also management features to store usernames and passwords.


Be Focused Timer
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: Free
The Be Focused app allows you to manage your tasks, track your progress throughout the day and use the fast goal tracking tools. You can also maximise your productivity by altering the work interval. whether that's with shorter breaks or longer breaks. This app allows you to figure out how you work best which then allows you to get as much work done as possible so you can stay on top of tasks.


So there are our top 5 organisational apps, there are a range of different types of organisational apps that you could benefit from. However, my personal favourite that I use daily is Evernote, it's a great all rounder app and even better it's free! So why not try it out! Let us know what apps you use to help you stay organised?

Friday, 5 January 2018

Top 5 Productivity Apps for 2018!

For the first Appy Friday of the year we thought we'd start by maybe targeting your new year's resolution of being more productive if that's your aim for 2018. We've put together a list of our top 5 apps which will help you to improve your productivity throughout the year. All the apps have something unique and could just help you spend less time getting distracted.


Hours
Platform: iOS
Cost: FREE
Hours Time Tracking is a great app which allows you to stay on track with your timing to ensure you stay productive. The app allows you to set various timers/ reminders; and start, stop and switch between them all. You can set the reminders to nag you to start different tasks at the right time so you aren't spending too long on distractions. You can also track your time by clients, projects and tasks, so it may be a good one to try out to improve your productivity.

Momentum
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
Momentum is a very simple yet effective app for habit tracking that will help you reach your goals. You can use this app through all your tablets, smartwatches and phones, meaning that you can track your habits through all your devices. Also, the app allows you to be flexible in that you can set weekly or daily targets.

Pocket
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
Pocket is great for removing any possible distractions of interesting articles. Pocket app allows you to save those articles for later so you can read them when you've finished your tasks for the day. Not only can you save articles within the app for use offline, but it also recommends more articles that the app thinks you may enjoy. 

Pushbullet
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
This app eliminates all those times you need to send yourself a link to your phone, as you just press the push button on the app to send the link directly to your phone. You can also do this with files and documents so that it removes the time it takes faffing around send links to yourself via emails and waiting for them to come through. Not only that, you can you send these links and files to other contacts too.

Scanbot
Platform: iOS and Android
Cost: FREE
Scanbot is great at eliminating all the time spent messing with printers and scanners as it lets you scan documents and QR codes. The documents you scan can then be turned into high-quality PDFs or JPG's easily. You can then send the files you create via email, iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote and other cloud services. Not only this, but the app allows you to enhance your scans; For example, you can apply colour, grayscale or black and white filters.


So, there are our top 5 productivity apps to help you improve your workflow and the amount of work you complete in a day. For me, the most useful app out of these is Scanbot as it helps to reduce the time you spend messing with printers and scanners which therefore helps you to get through these tasks a lot quicker. Let us know what apps you enjoy using to help you improve your productivity?

Thanks, 
Emily.