A master list of the best productivity apps that have had the most impact on improving my productivity.
Evernote has had the biggest impact on my life, and is therefore the best productivity app of all times. If I only could have one app installed on my computer, tablet and phone, I would pick Evernote. If you think that Evernote is a note-taking app, you are mistaken. It can help you organize the information flow in your everyday life.
One of the largest milestones in boosting my productivity was when I went paperless. All my documents and files are now digital. I never print anything out, and I have scanned all the existing documents that I wanted to keep. Guess what app I am using to store and organize my huge digital library? Evernote, of course. It allows me to access all my documents on the fly from anywhere, and its fast search capability is amazing.
Another useful feature is the webclipper – a browser plugin that allows you to clip selected page elements or entire web pages into Evernote. You can store text, picture, audio and video snippets. Access them from all your devices, and share them with other users.
Platforms: Mac (Mac OSX), PC (Windows), iPad, iPhone (iOS), Android, Web
Learn more on evernote.com
After trying out a number of todo list apps such as Apple Reminders, Wunderlist, Remember the Milk and Todoist, I wasn’t happy with any of them. Some of them were buggy, some were visually unappealing, some lacks important functionality.
Trello is usually packaged as a project management software, but it lacks the complexity of a typical project management software, which makes it a perfect todo list app. Its visually appealing design lets you organize your todos as cards, and you can visually flip the card and add additional information on the back of it, including text, images and checklists. Everything is synced across your devices, of course.
Platforms: web, Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad, Kindle Fire, and Windows 8
Read more on trello.com
With the ever-growing list of online accounts that every person has to deal with now days, if you don’t use a password manager tool, you must be insane. It either means that you are using the same password for all your accounts, which is a huge security issue, or your online accounts are a big mess where you can’t remember any passwords, and logging into every website is a huge pain.
1Password is one of the best password manager tools available. It integrates seamlessly with all your web browsers, and allows you to save username and password when you first create an online account, and then lets you login into that account automatically. It has a neat strong password generation tool that allows you to create unbreakable passwords, and it encrypts all your data, of course.
Platforms: Mac (Mac OSX), PC (Windows), iPad, iPhone (iOS), Android
Learn more on agilebits.com/onepassword
Diigo is a bookmark manager that allows you to save the webpages that you want to keep. All you bookmarks are stored in the cloud and you can access them from anywhere. It has plugins for all the browsers, and you can bookmark and tag a website with a click of a button. If you have an old Delicious account, it will seamlessly integrate with all your Delicious bookmarks.
Platforms: iOS, Android, web
Learn more on diigo.com
Spreadsheets is an often overlooked tool that people usually associate with financial reports, budgets etc. The grid system that is the foundation of a spreadsheet is great for making lists and brainstorming. Unlike word processing tools, spreadsheets allow you to layout your information horizontally, which can give you a great overview of all your data. And of course, you will be able to use its features that quickly sum up a few numbers and even do more complex calculations for research.
Learn more on docs.google.com/spreadsheets