Productivity Apps – Fave Five

Productivity Apps – Fave Five

This is the beginning of my Fave Five series where I’ll post my top 5 items, apps, or anything else for a specific category.  All of my Fave Five posts pertain to business things and they’re things that I personally use and love.  Today’s Fave Five are Productivity Apps.

.

1. Any.do 

Any.do is a to do list app that is highly customizable with different categories for different aspects of your life: work, school, personal, etc. I have searched high and low for to do list apps and my sister told me about this one – and I love it!

 

Why I love Any.do:

.

It is available on multiple platforms: Chrome extensionAndroid and iPhone

.

App Features

.

The app pops up every morning your prompting you to stay on task, add items to your list and review items already on your list.

.

Any.do allows you to write notes, attach documents, pictures, videos and take voice memos.

When you miss a call, Any.do gives you options to on how to handle the call.

 

.

Chrome Features

.

.The Chrome extension lets you easily add items to your to do list 3 ways:                       

1. Lets you to easily add and view items to do list items by adding

the icon to your bookmarks bar.  2. Right Click on any webpage to add to to do list. 

3. Gmail Integration

 

.

There are so many features! I may do another post dedicated just to Any.do later.

.

2. Google Calendar 

I’m sure Google Calendar isn’t new to many, but it’s a good app! I have tried a lot of calendar apps, but I always ended up back at Google’s calendar! It comes on most Android phones and has widgets that can be customized on your home screen to display different calendar views.

.

Why I love Google Calendar:

.

It is easy to add participants, attach documents directly from Google Drive, set reminders, add notes, color code and manage different calendars from various Gmail accounts you may have.  

 

You also have the option to add a Goal or Reminder.

Google Calendars has a lot functionality, while remaining very user friendly.

.

.

3.  GNotes
Cover art

GNotes is somewhat similar to Any.do. You can add as many categories as you like and add as many notes in that topic as you need.  Notes can easily be moved between categories and shared via email, text, Google Drive and other apps available on your phone. I like to GNotes more as a notebook than a to do list app, although I have used it that way.  And it all backs up to Gmail and is available in both Android and Apple.

.

Why I love GNotes:

4. Google Drive

 

 

Google Drive is essentially a big hard drive in the sky. You can store documents from PCs and MACs as well as Google’s native document programs that mimic Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Google Drive is available on Android and Apple and you can download it to your PC, which I highly recommend! Each Google Drive comes with 15 GB of storage, but it is shared with your Gmail account.  100 GB is only $1.99 a month…or just open another Gmail account!

Why I love Google Drive:

.

Why do I love Google Drive? Let me count the ways! I am going to trrry to keep it short. I will do an extensive post (series?) on Google Drive later. Here are the main reasons I love Google Drive:

  • When you add, edit, update, delete, or change a file in any way, it automatically updates on all of your devices. 
  • Google Drive automatically saves everything in real time as you type! Never lose a document due to a computer crash again!
  • You can share documents with others so that you can collaborate on the same document, or just allow them to view the document...
  • If you download Google Drive to your PC, you can edit Microsoft documents in Google Drive without having to download them to your computer and re-upload them.  Just open the application you want to use, search for the document as usual, except your document will be located on Google Drive instead of your hard drive and save when you’re done.  The edits will be updated online and anyone that has access to the file will see the updates.

.

5. Workflowy 

Workflowy is a simple list making app that is available online, Android and Apple

.

Why I love Workflowy:

.

I love Workflowy because of its simplicity.  Workflowy allows you to create categories in the form of bulleted lists that can have subtopics nested beneath each category. This allows you to get as specific as needed while keeping the lists to key topics and at the same time it helps you see how things relate visually depending on where the lists are nested.  There is also the ability to add notes to give more detail about the items on the list.

Depending on your work style, the work you do and your preference, you may find only a few, or maybe all of these apps helpful like I do.

.

What are your favorite productivity apps?

.

Angela