5 Productivity Apps Worth Your Time


Managing your productivity has gotten easier thanks to technology. Like the saying goes, there is an app for that. But to date, there are over 500,000 apps in the App Store. Just choosing a good one can take precious time you don’t have.

Considering the massive volume of available apps floating out there in cyberspace, it’s hard to decide which ones are worth hitting the download button. Here are a few that are beneficial to getting you and your team on track.

1. Evernote

You can create notes, snapshots, and voice memos, and easily access them on any mobile device even if you are offline. By connecting your Evernote account with your phone and computer, you won’t have to email notes to yourself anymore (we’ve all been there). Download the app on your phone and on your computer, click “Sychronize Now”, and your findings will go straight from your phone to your computer. It is also able to sync to Pelotonics, which is a web-based collaboration service similar to Basecamp.

Benefits: Eliminates emailing and individual uploads. Free to download. Add keywords and tags. Lets you share files like PDF, Excel, Word, PPT and more.

Drawbacks: No unlimited uploads; free users get 60 megabytes each month and premium users get 1GB.

2. Mocha VNC Lite

My instant reaction when I first saw it working was, “THIS IS TOO COOL!”. This app allows you to control your computer from your iPhone. Not only is this a fun way to freak out your coworkers, it is also great for controlling your computer from anywhere. Watch it in real time. If you are like me, you will need the setup wizard after download. It is the easiest way to get started. 

Benefits: You don’t need to be physically in front of your computer to use it. Free to download. Easy to use controls.

Drawbacks: Hard to set up if you don’t use the wizard. 

3. Dropbox

This is an oldie but goodie. Works just like a folder on your computer, but any files inside of Dropbox will be uploaded to the Dropbox servers. It is a cloud-based service that makes it easy to backup and share files.

Benefits: Up to 2GB free space. Free to download. Lets you access previous versions and deleted files. User interface is straightforward and basic.

Drawbacks: None that I have experienced. 

4. QuickFire for Basecamp

Quickly assign tasks in Basecamp from your iPhone. This simple little app allows you to create to-do’s, assign tasks to an individual and/or project, and insert due dates. You must have a Basecamp account to use this app.

Benefits: Quick and simple task management for your team. Allows you to create a task without going into the Basecamp website.

Drawbacks: Costs $0.99 to download.

5. Producteev

Online task management for you and your team, with the ability to work offline. It connects with email and other tools you already use. You can add tasks, set deadlines, and upload files. Producteev also has a “Gmail Gadget” that you can enable for your inbox as a way to organize and view your important information right from your inbox.

Benefits: Clean and easy to understand user interface. Free to download. Lots of tools and uses.

Drawbacks: None that I have experienced.

Both Evernote and Dropbox were top contenders for best iPhone productivity app of 2011 from readers of The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW). Ultimately, Dropbox was chosen as the winner. Have you tried any of these apps? Which one is your favorite?


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