I’m a self-confessed App Freak. My favourites are productivity apps which can be used on my desktop computer as well as syncing to my phone.
I love productivity apps that make my life flow a little smoother. I test them out before deciding which ones are worth it. A few make the final cut – and these three I can’t live without.
Are you still using the standard Notes app that came with your phone? Having to scroll down pages of notes to find the one you’re looking for? Forget it!
Evernote saves your notes into handy little notebooks that you create and name yourself. It’s become an extension of my brain!
Some of my notebooks include:
Books & Films – whenever a friend recommends one or I read a great review, I pop it in there.
Restaurants – ditto
Kids – school/sports/activities
Travel – inspiration, research, itineraries, important documents
Recipes – this is where Evernote really rocks for me! I can add a recipe by clipping it from a website, or take a photo of a recipe from a magazine or a friends’ cookbook (which saves me buying the whole book). For meal planning I simply scroll through my recipes and when cooking use either my iphone or iPad propped up on the counter.
I’ve also got loads of work related notes divided into categories. I even write a lot of my blogs directly into Evernote when I’m on the go.
There’s a scanning function that means Evernote is like having a filing cabinet in your back pocket. You can scan in the important page of an instruction manual and toss the manual out. Do the same with kids’ report cards, class rosters, after school club notices. Scan in your drivers license, family passports and important documents so you have spare copies at your fingertips.
Evernote’s incredible search feature means you only have to type in a word or two associated with your note and it instantly brings up your options. It even searches within the text of something you’ve photographed or scanned in.
Success Tip! Set up a free Evernote account on your main computer first so you can get started on a bigger screen. At the same time, download the Evernote Clipper app. This puts a little elephant icon into the corner of your browser. Instead of bookmarking web pages, click the elephant and it’ll ask you which notebook you want to save it into. Add a tag or some notes. Voilà!
I also now have the Evernote Scannable App for my phone which means I no longer need a scanner to send documents. This has been a huge time saver for me! I can scan papers and directly email them from the App.
Evernote syncs across all devices. Download the App for your phone or tablet too.
Ok, I could write a whole blog about Evernote, but I’ll stop here.
Ever arrived at the supermarket and realise you left your shopping list at home? Doh! This happened to me all the time until I discovered
ZipList AnyList! (edited as ZipList was discontinued and replaced with the even better Anylist!)
As my phone is practically surgically attached, there’s no danger of ever leaving my list behind. Any items I don’t manage to buy remain on the list until I find them. (I used to throw out my old, crossed-out paper list, forgetting that I hadn’t yet bought something important!)
Why use a kitchen white/chalk board when it only means having to write it down again before you go shopping?
Adding items into AnyList is super easy. Hit the + key and type it in. You can add the quantity and sometimes I even add why I’m buying it so I’m not left scratching my head in the shop wondering it’s on my list and if I really need it today.
8 ripe tomatoes for salsa
4 chicken breasts for Thursday
1 bottle of tequila for the party…!
Tap the items while you’re shopping for a satisfying feeling of watching your list become crossed out and diminish.
My kids are great at adding stuff to the list as we need it. It gives them input and makes us all responsible for keeping an eye on things we’re running low on. (Like toilet paper…)
Ever send your hubby out to run a few errands and he says ‘he’s got it in his head’ then returns home without the crucial items plus a bunch of random stuff you don’t need? Download the app onto his phone too and sign into your account just once. From then on your list will automatically sync to his phone. Problem solved.
After happily using AnyList for over a year, I’ve now upgraded to the paid version to support the developers and unlock the extra features which I’m loving! I can now take any recipe I find on the web and with the tap of a button, the recipe is added to my AnyList Recipes section. What’s even more fabulous is that I can also add the ingredients of the recipe into my shopping list. And I can half or double or triple the recipe ingredients depending on how many I’m serving. Cool huh?
Anyone else get password rage? I’m cool in traffic jams and long lines, but something snaps in me when I type in my username and password and it says ‘Username or Password Incorrect’.
WHICH ONE? The username or the password??
I have to try several variations and finally give up and have it sent to me again. I’m sent a weird, generated password which I then have to go in and change. (I’m getting heated up even as I type this!)
Those days are over for me now thanks to free and easy to use LastPass.
I’d heard about password saving productivity apps, but felt very wary. What if it’s all a scam to steal your passwords and run? But when I heard enough people rave about LastPass I decided to give it a try.
I thought I’d have hours ahead of me trying to input all of my many usernames and passwords. But the cool thing is, I just used the internet as normal and whenever I had to enter any details, LastPass asked me if I wanted to save them. Within a week or so it had all of my most used passwords stored.
Now whenever I open a website, it auto-fills my log-ins and I’m in there in a flash. I declined on trusting it with my banking details, but for all of my social medias and membership sites, it’s a fantastic time saver. (No more password rage.)
Note: You must remember your main password for LastPass!
I’ve just upgraded to the Premium version for $12 a year so I can use the app on my phone too. Now when I’m travelling, I’ve got my passwords with me.
I have many apps, but these are my current top 3 productivity apps for making life easier.
Here are the links:
ps – If you want to know how I successfully keep track of my MANY tasks and projects on my to-do list and manage my time like a Productivity Ninja, check out my Master Your To-Do List Workshop.
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In the comments below, please tell me if you’re using one of these, want to try them or have any questions. Also, share your own personal faves. I’d love to hear about them!
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