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Managing productivity is an issue that affects us all. For those of us who work on our own, finding a way to stay organized and motivated is absolutely essential.
Here are some apps from around the AppStorm network that will help you manage your tasks, stay motivated, and achieve your goals. Which do you use? Which are you about to check out?
Things 2: Tasks in the Cloud
Some say this day would never arrive, some even called it abandon-ware, but Things 2 is finally here. Cultured Code, the developers behind Things for Mac, iPhone and iPad released an updated version of their suite of productivity apps today. Also arriving with the set of updates is Things Cloud – Cultured Code’s sync service that keeps your copies of Things updated on all of your devices.
Let’s take a look at Things 2 for Mac as well as Things Cloud and explore what’s new since we first covered this task manager back in 2009 and what might tempt you to make the jump from another task manager.
Never Forget a Thing With TaskUp
One contender attempting to shake up the world of task management is TaskUp — a sophisticated app that ensures that task management becomes simple again. Read on to find out more!
Comindware Tracker: Workflow Management, Issue Tracking and Task Management in One
If you take a look at a sample range of web apps out there nowadays, I bet your bottom dollar that around 80-90% of those will highlight collaboration as one of their key features. And why not? We’re past the times of constant e-mailing back and forth and endless meetings to get stuff done. Now we want to log onto the Net and share our ideas with our teammates there, not in meetings on a big whiteboard.
Of course there are plenty of different ways to do this, and today we’re going to have a good look at Comindware Tracker, another solution to help both you and your team work together and manage your time more effectively. Let’s get started straight away.
Evernotify.me: Evernote Reminders Sent To Your Inbox
If you’re a frequent Evernote user, then you’ll know that it’s not really big on notification features. In fact, making To-Do’s and lists in Evernote is easy – but the hard part is getting them done. Often times, you need to open the app once or twice a day just to be reminded of things you need to do.
With a web app like Evernotify, you can now receive e-mail notifications of tasks you have saved in Evernote. Here’s how.
Objectiveli: Turning your Objectives and Goals into Reality
No software will ever defuse the cooked hand grenade that is a newly formed project group. Leading a project is like leading a pack of rabid dogs. Motley crews rarely form, norm and perform like the textbooks say the will. In fact projects can often be a forum for non-stop arguing, cut-throat tactics and ridiculous organisational methods. Did I mention trench warfare? They’re also a lot like trench warfare. When your shot they pour salt in the wound and laugh.
Harvest: Simple, Online Time Tracking
We here at Web.AppStorm always love a good time-tracking and invoicing app. Today we’re going to be taking a look at Harvest, one of the most popular options out there on the Net. We’ve featured it in a number of our roundups, including our 111 Web Apps to Rule Them All, and today we’re going to have a thorough look through it and its features.
Use Your Email To Never Forget Anything with FollowupThen
I don’t know how many times I get an email and it has something in it that’s important, so I do one of two things. I either leave it in my inbox or I archive it thinking that I am going to remember about it later. We all know how this goes: it either gets buried under all my other emails and I never look at it or I just forget about it. Or what about this scenario, you are out and about and you remember that you need to stop at the grocery store on the way home for milk. I know for me, I tend to just shoot myself a quick email so that I can remember or I put it in my task manager app and set an alarm. But, these never seem to work the way that I want them to and since I change task managers like I change my clothes, that doesn’t help either.
That is why when I came across FollowUpThen (FUT), I just had to try it out and see if it could work for me. The minute I started to use it, I started to see the potential and the different ways that I could use it to remember things. FUT is so simple to use and learn that you will find yourself using it literally in seconds.
Getquantify: GTD For The Masses
For small teams looking to launch exciting new projects in the 21st century, the web has played a very big part in helping some teams get organised and manage their projects completely online. For this reason, there have been plenty of interesting project management apps launching that bring their own set of features to the mix. However, a fair few of these are pretty pricey and for businesses with a large number of employees relying on the system, the per-user pricing model can quickly prove to be impossible to maintain financially.
An exciting new app making its mark in the project management field is Getquantify. With its vast array of features, it could prove to be the saviour to every project manager looking for a complete solution without the high price tag.
Checkmark: Simple Location-Based Reminders
There are several iPhone apps that feature location-based reminders, but most are either overly complicated or underpowered. The native Reminders app is one such example of location-based reminders implemented poorly. The functionality is there, but it’s buried and difficult to access.
Checkmark, by Snowman is based on a simple premise: “Reminders when and where you want them.” The app puts location-based reminders at the forefront, instead of burying them behind settings and preferences. Is there a place for Checkmark somewhere between the complex apps like Omnifocus and basic apps like Clear? Can it hold up against the free Reminders app?
Any.DO: Make Things Happen
Irrespective of the platform, productivity and task management apps get my attention all the time. I’ve settled down comfortably using Wunderlist in all my devices. Still, I download and try every task management app that I come across. Mobile-only task management apps tend to go the way of Dodo, except for a handful. In the recent past, I’ve been following Any.DO with fervent interest.
Any.DO was first launched in the Android market and got instant recognition for sporting one of the best user interfaces in the ecosystem. Simple to use, an intuitive user interface and the unbeatable price tag has propelled the app to stratospheric heights. With the launch of the iPhone app, they are entering the crowded productivity segment. Can they make it big in the Lion’s den?
Astrid: Be Productive with Friends
To-do apps are a dime a dozen on the iPhone, and it’s hard for any one of them to stand out. To make a real impression, there has to be something new and useful brought to the table. What I always need and am always looking for is an app that lets me share my to-do list. I don’t live in a bubble, and sometimes I want to collaborate with my family and friends to get the job done.
After hiding its to-do light under Android’s bushel, Astrid recently brought social to-dos and task management to iOS. With a snappy interface and to-do sharing amongst my contacts, Astrid may be the task management app I’ve been looking for.
Ten Calendar Apps to Stay on Schedule
Whether you’re a student, business person or have a job of any type, a calendar can be useful to schedule your time and plan out your day. Most iOS users probably rely on the Calendar app because it is built in, but are they missing out on the extra functionality that a third-party calendar can provide? There is also a good chance that they could be missing out on using a better looking calendar!
There are a lot of calendar apps in the App Store. To limit the list, it was decided to have some basic criteria: all major calendar sync services should be supported within the app, including Google, iCloud and Exchange. Let’s check out the contenders after the break.
Avocado: Share and Organise Your Life With Your Partner
There are countless ways in which you can stay in touch with your partner – SMS, email, Facebook and phone calls – but all of these have their limitations. Text messages are limited to text, social networks are too public and phone calls are not always practical.
Avocado provides couples with a means of staying connected, creating what is essentially a private network that can be used to send messages, photos and share lists. This is a simple but surprisingly versatile app and we take a look to put it through its paces.
Google Schemer Is an Inspirational Way to Find Things to Do
Social networking is often used to record events that have already happened, or things that are currently taking place. Facebook lets you share your thoughts, ideas and photos with your friends, while Foursquare can be used to build up a record of the places you have visited.
Google Schemer is a little different as it enables you to plan for the future. This does not mean building up a to-do list of chores you need to complete, but compiling a list of things you would like to do – fun activities, dream, adventures and more.
8 Mobile Apps to Increase Your Personal Productivity
Working to your highest potential in society is key. We constantly need to be reminded, hinted, or forced to do something which slipped our minds. Good productivity has always been the key to staying on top of your work.
Below, I’ve summarized eight of my favorite applications for Windows Phone for increasing the ease of your everyday life, helping you avoid distractions and always work at a high level. Read on to find out more!
Pagico: A Worthwhile Organiser?
You may not think you’re a very organised person, but, subconsciously we all use some sort of technique to organize and prioritize our life — things like shopping lists, Post-it notes and a simple calendar are great examples.
Organisation is part of everyday life and we couldn’t function without it. It allows us to plan ahead, remember specific dates and times which in turn saves us effort and drama. Can Pagico help you organize your life? Let’s find out!