My Top 5 Apps for Productivity
Below are the top 5 apps that I use to increase productivity.
I use Penultimate daily to take notes by hand on my iPad Pro using the Apple Pencil. I love the different templates that are available and mostly use to the to-do list and meeting minutes templates.
After writing up my notes they then automatically sync to Evernote where I keep a permanent record. I no longer have tonnes of pieces of paper floating around my desk, stuffed in my handbag or filling up my drawers.
It is also one of the easiest apps to write on that I have used. I never accidentally push other buttons which can happen in other apps, and it is fast, has real-time presentation capabilities via VGA, wrist protection, unlimited notebooks and full sharing options.
Hands down, Penultimate is the best writing app using the Apple Pencil that I have tested.
As someone who needs to keep up to date on the latest tech tools, social media channels, productivity apps, technology, etc., Feedly is the one place I can go to read all about what is happening in the tech and marketing world.
The first thing I do when I get to work in the morning is open up Feedly and look through all the articles and save those that I need to read or refer to later.
It is a fabulous app and saves so much time as I don’t have to go to each blog or news outlet individually. I subscribe to them in Feedly, and they are presented to me in the one interface.
GoodNotes has an easy to use interface which mimics the iBooks interface. You take your notes in notebooks, create covers and organise them into folders. You can easily rearrange the pages, delete pages, copy and paste pages and export individual pages from a notebook.
I use GoodNotes with my Instagram Planner which is available from my shop. I added this PDF planner to GoodNotes and now just write straight into the planner with my Apple Pencil.
I then just copy the planner over and over again so that I can plan out as many weeks as I need. What is great about this is that you can reuse the pages and use a digital planner instead of buying a planner and then having to print out additional pages.
Out of all the document cloud solutions out there, Box is my preference. What I love about Box is how easy the interface is to use and the different levels of permissions you can easily give to those you are sharing your files and collaborating with.
You connect Box to a folder on your computer and then just drag and drop all your files into that folder. This folder then syncs to Box, and you can access all your documents from your mobile and tablet devices.
Box enables you to edit all your documents directly on your tablet with all of the Microsoft Office apps.
One of my favourite features is being able to make certain documents and folders available offline. This has been incredibly useful when I have been on a long flight as I’ve been able to review and mark up documents and then when I am online again they just sync back to the library, and my colleagues can access my notes and can action any changes.
It is also another option for saving copies of vital travel documents as you can make them available offline and if you need them can access them readily.
I use Evernote daily to keep track of all my code, social media posts, blog posts, checklists and project plans. You name it, and I probably have a notebook dedicated to it in Evernote. I recently wrote about how I use Evernote for blogging so visit this article to find out more.
Do you have any other apps that you find improve your productivity? Please share them in the comments below