App Love: Productivity

I have been finding it so hard to be productive lately. I've been having a longer work day than I'm used to, and the colder, darker weather has been making me tired. I just want to sleep all the time lately. But alas! There are things to do and places to be and people to see. These six apps help keep my life on track, organized, productive, and easy.

Fantastical-this is a great little calendar app. Super easy to use. I particularly find the one for the computer useful because it lives in your top bar, so you don't have to have the actual calendar app open on the screen.

30/30-If you are the kind of person who needs time limits, this is a great app for you. Set yourself a set of tasks and a certain amount of time to complete each one. A timer will go off and let you know when it's time to move on to the next thing. You'll also be able to see what you've accomplished, and you can bump tasks to the bottom as priorities change. I like to use this when grading papers and when trying to cram in lots of little tasks into a short amount of time. If you need a structured day or even just a structured couple of hours, try this.

Evernote-Use it on your computer and your phone to keep all of your notes in one place. Plus, you can access your documents online if you need to get to them from another computer. Always free, always providing updates and improvements. I even have a Firefox add-on that let's me clip things from web pages straight to Evernote. Such a handy place to store things.

If This Then That-This app takes a bit of time to get used to, but once you do it can save you a ton of time. You create a recipe (if this happens, then do that) using a variety of affiliated apps. Every morning I have the weather texted to me so I don't have to look it up unless I want a detailed hourly. You can also get notifications if a certain item appears on Craigslist (saves you from combing through every day), save bookmarks to Evernote, and so much more. Browse through recipes that others have created or make your own.

Drop Box: I have this set to automatically upload all of my phone images to the Dropbox cloud, so I can always access them easily on my computer. I also store important files here and public images I use on the blog and elsewhere. I have this app on my phone, my computer, and my account online, so I can access my stuff in here anytime, anywhere.

Dragon Dictation- This is an app that I should definitely use more, and sometimes I kind of forget about it. But it's so awesome! In the description it tries to get you to want to upload to Facebook and send emails and texts using it, which you can and if you want to do that you totally should. What I like it for is if I'm wanting to talk through an idea or a problem or brainstorm aloud, etc. I can do it with this app open and it will record it in text form, which I can email to myself and then have a copy of to refer back to later. This would also be awesome for getting voice interviews into text form quickly. There are two features that would make this a daily app for me: 1) keep a record of recordings within the app. Right now it doesn't seem to save them anywhere, so if you don't send it to yourself, it disappears. Lame. 2) Save an audio version as well as the text. Personally, I would like to be able to go back and listen to the recording as well as read the translation. I think these are two features I want because of the way I use it, and aren't there because it's not how it's "intended" to be used, but this app has the potential to be incredible.

The great thing is, Fantastical costs $1.99 and the rest of these apps are free! What apps do you use to keep yourself productive?

Yours Truly, Jen

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  1. i think i'm just going to have to check out IFTT because it sounds really interesting, even though i may not use it. what a cool concept for an app!

    xo nicole

  2. It is really cool. They have a website where you can use the service too, so you can always do that instead of downloading the app. It's definitely not something I use every day, but it is a timesaver. You have it do things like follow back automatically people who follow you on twitter and things like that too. You should definitely look into it!

  3. I'd never heard of 30/30 but i definitely need it as I'm rubbish at sticking to time limits! Great post x

  4. I love notepad-esque apps that give you reminders and such. While I like trying to remember things on my own, it's good to have a safety net just in case!




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