There’s a litany of apps available to keep you organized, but only a few of them are well-known. We dug a little deeper and found some helpful gems you may not have heard of.
Arguably one of the best apps available on iOS and Android, IFTTT allows you to create “recipes” where one action triggers another. For example, you can set it up to automatically upload photos to Dropbox the moment they’re taken on your phone. Or create a recipe that makes your smart lightbulbs turn on as soon as you enter your home. The possibilities are almost endless.
iOS and Android. Free.
This tastefully designed app doubles as both a note-taking tool and an organizer. It separates tasks into color-coded folders, making it easy to integrate them into your calendar and include them in a daily or weekly routine. There’s also an option to add geo-tagged photos, voice memos and mapping information.
iOS and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. $3.99.
Organizing email, especially on a mobile device, isn’t as easy as it seems. Mailbox takes away the clutter in a user-friendly way. It currently only works with Gmail and iCloud email accounts (more are coming), and allows you to use quick swiping gestures to archive, delete, hide or move emails to a list. The interface is a bit daunting at first, but watch the tutorial and it will all make sense.
iOS and Android. Free.
If you write for a living, run a blog or have plenty of writing to do at your day job, this straightforward and user-friendly app helps you quit procrastinating. You input a project name, project type and target word count. Then track your progress to see how you’re improving over time.
You may have so many sites and services you log in to that you lose track of all your passwords. Dashlane acts as your personal password vault. It autofills your information while browsing and securely places your credit card and bank data in a digital lockbox. It also tells you the strength of your passwords—creating new, stronger passwords if necessary—and notifies you if any accounts have been breached. It’s all controlled with a private PIN, master password or fingerprint. Need more convincing? Check out the video tutorial. iOS and Android. Free ($29.99/year for Premium)
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By Ted Kritsonis