Productivity Apps That Will Change the Way You Work

by Tiffany Parnell, Senior Copywriter - 10/11/16

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A marketer’s time is precious—and often scarce. Productivity apps that help you streamline your to-do lists, manage passwords, and even carve out some “me” time can help you make the most of every minute.

A variety of productivity apps are available for iOS and Android devices via Google Play and the App Store. While some cost a nominal fee, many are free. Here are several productivity apps to consider:

  • SafeInCloud Password Manager—We’ve all been there: You can’t remember your log-in information and have to either walk through multiple steps to prove your identity and reset your password or call an IT manager for help. Both scenarios can result in lost time for you and your coworkers.

It is no wonder we have a hard time keeping track of passwords. The average adult has 27 passwords, according to McAfee. To prevent mix-ups, you may be tempted to write your passwords down or use the same password for multiple accounts. But these habits can pose a security threat.

Several apps are available to help people keep track of their passwords. At $2.99, the SafeInCloud Password Manager app is an affordable choice and requires no monthly subscription. The app allows you to store information from multiple accounts, including Google and Visa, in an encrypted database and even helps you generate strong, memorable passwords.

  • Evernote—This free app is essentially a virtual notebook for your thoughts and ideas, to-do lists, photos, drawings, and more. Use this app for brainstorming, creating to-do lists, recording voice memos, and storing photos and PDFs. Some people even use Evernote as a virtual bullet journal. Evernote is a free iOS or Android download, but users can opt to purchase premium features, such as the ability to share notes with friends, family, and colleagues.
  • Google Mobile and OneDrive—You probably already make use of a storage system, such as Google Drive, Microsoft’s OneDrive, or Dropbox. If you aren’t using one of these platforms, however, you’re missing out. Google Mobile storage apps include Google Drive, Docs, and Sheets and allow you to access and create files anytime, anywhere, and using any device. OneDrive offers a similar storage system for photos and documents created using Office products.

Google Mobile apps and Microsoft OneDrive are free downloads. Google Drive offers 15 GB of free storage, while OneDrive offers 5 GB. These platforms complement related Google and Microsoft mail and calendar apps, streamlining your email, scheduling, and file storage and sharing needs.

  • Mindfulness Daily—Though technically not productivity apps, Mindfulness Daily and other apps that guide users through meditation, mindfulness, and deep-breathing exercises can be beneficial for your mental and physical well-being, and give your productivity, focus, and decision-making skills a boost. Mindfulness Daily is available for iOS devices and costs $1.99. Unlike similar apps, however, there is no monthly or yearly subscription fee.
  • RescueTime—How much time do you really spend every day checking your Facebook and Twitter feeds or taking a “brain break” to catch up on the latest news? The answer may surprise you.

RescueTime is an app designed for computer platforms that tracks your time in the background, allowing you to identify productivity roadblocks in your daily schedule. Like with most apps, RescueTime has free and paid subscription options. The free option allows you set daily productivity goals and track your time. For a $9 monthly fee, you can also track time away from the computer and even block certain websites for a specified period of distraction-free focus.

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