10 Awesome iPhone Apps That Will Make You More Productive
In a fast paced world it can feel like technology is working against us instead of for us when it comes to getting tasks done- distractions are everywhere and sometimes the software that is meant to help just ends up slowing us down. Fortunately, there are some great apps that can give us just the help we need when it comes to time management, administrative tasks and making our gadget led lives a little easier. We’ve put together 10 of the best iPhone apps that will make you more productive whether you’re at home, in the office or on the move.
More than just a note-keeping app, Evernote creates a creative workspace right on your iPhone that is accessible through your other devices too so you never lose track of your ideas. As well as traditional short notes, you can write and collect to-do lists, agendas, web articles and handwritten notes to keep everything in one place. In addition, collaborative notebooks and tags, business card scanning, and the ability to save and track expenses makes this app indispensable for business as well as personal use.
Download Evernote free here.
Essentially IFTTT (an acronym for If This Then That) allows you to create rules, or ‘recipes’, for your synced internet channels that trigger when something happens on another of your channels. For example this could be any link you post to Facebook is also posted on Twitter, any photo saved in an album on your phone is also uploaded to Flickr, or even any new wishlist items on Etsy are saved to Google Drive. With 161 channels to use to create recipes, the combinations and possibilities are endless, making this app brilliant for anyone who wants to automate their online tasks.
Download IFTTT free here.
Timeful is more than just a to-do list and calendar- it uses algorithms and machine learning to suggest personalised times and days for each of your events and tasks, making you more productive and more likely to get things done. The more you use the app, the more it will learn about your schedule and routines, enabling Timeful to give you daily suggestions of the tasks, wellness habits and project progressions that will fit with your schedule, along with behaviours to make you more productive.
The ability to sync with your existing calendars is what makes this app a winner, as well as its intelligent capabilities and progress tracking for new good habits.
Download Timeful free here.
Dropbox is the ultimate in easy device-to-device image and document sharing. Files added files from your computer or other devices will instantly show up in the Dropbox app and can then be sorted, downloaded or shared. Each account has 2GB of free space available which will be enough for many, but there’s the option to upgrade to a monthly plan if you find yourself running out of room.
The option to ‘favourite’ files in order to view them when you’re offline is also handy, and any images you upload through the app are safe even if something happens to your phone.
Download Dropbox free here.
EasilyDo has over 43 automated features for travel, organisation, connections and notifications to ensure your daily tasks are streamlined. It connects to email and calendar accounts and is compatible with a range of other services and social networks to provide virtual assistant tasks such as reminding you to respond to emails you may have forgotten, notifying you of commute times and bad weather, merging duplicate contacts, and catching important posts from Facebook.
EasilyDo is a very useful tool to make your more productive and is great in particular for business use and frequent travel.
Download EasilyDo free here.
OneNote acts as a digital notebook, allowing you to jot down your ideas and check lists, capture images and clip from the web. The easy to use interface makes this app a powerful step up from your phone’s own Notes app, plus you can easily share notes with others. As a Microsoft app, OneNote integrates with OneDrive, Office and other services making it perfect for seamless integration into your existing workflow.
Download OneNote free here.
Sunrise is a calendar app that aims to make your life easier by simplifying and speeding up the way you schedule new events and tasks. Sunrise syncs with Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange to import and export your activities, plus includes Facebook events and birthdays, and even integrates with Google Maps for directions to events and meetings. The calendar is easy to navigate and the option of different views makes planning easy for personal or work use. Sunrise also has timezone support which means you won’t be left confused while travelling.
Download Sunrise free here.
If you use Chrome on your desktop but still stick to Safari on your iPhone then now is the time to change- the Chrome app is faster and offers useful features like Incognito browsing, in page searching and the ability to request desktop sites when you need the full functionality of a website on your phone. As a desktop chrome user, logging into the iPhone app will sync your Google profile including bookmarks, saved passwords and even a list of recently open tabs from your computer. This automatic syncing means switching between desktop and mobile is easy when you’re on the go, allowing you to work smarter and be more productive on your iPhone.
Download Chrome free here.
This app is great for business networking as it searches the web and social sites to find shared interests and common ground with the new people you meet (or haven’t even met yet!). Refresh integrates with your contacts, calendar and emails to keep track of interactions and automatically sends insights so you can learn about the people you’re meeting and are always prepared with context and talking points before events. The app will also remind you to check for any new information a few minutes before meetings to make sure you’re always up to date. A must have for those who thrive on networking and rapport!
Download Refresh free here.
This innovative mailbox app works with IMAP email providers like Gmail and Exchange to create a new interface which puts email attachments first. Photos, PDFs and links each have their own ‘cubes’ in which they’re easily viewed and cubes can be personalised and docked to create an inbox based on your needs.
InboxCube also utilises swipe actions, chat-like replying, social network integration and background updates to create a rounded and robust mailbox service that will improve your productivity and free up your time.
Download InboxCube free here.