Top Apps for Productivity and Business

Published November 21, 2012 by
My iPhone apps as of February 2010
My iPhone apps as of February 2010 (Photo credit: dougbelshaw)

When it comes to business productivity, the advent of the smart phone has been a boon to us all. Several free and paid apps exist in the marketplace today that will undoubtedly help you to get done whatever it is that you need to do. Here’s a short list of the top such apps that you should seriously consider using today.

To-Do List & Task Manager Apps

When it comes to productivity, nothing can approach the influence of using a to-do list or task manager. If you’re not already using one, then expect a huge boost to your productivity just by starting to use one.

Wunderlist is a free app that makes things very easy by syncing up your to-do list across several platforms through the cloud. You can always be sure that you’re looking at the most up-to-date version of your task manager anytime you use Wunderlist on any device.

More advanced users might instead prefer Todoist, a to-do list app that specializes in sub-task creation. Users can create subtasks for any task, even creating to-do lists layered dozens upon dozens of levels deep. There is a free version, but calendar integration will run you about $29 each year.

Organizer Apps

Organizing your life is one of the best ways any app can help you. Whether it comes to managing family events or keeping track of things you noticed six months ago, organizer apps can positively modify your life in ways you wouldn’t believe in advance.

Cozi Family Organizer is, bar none, the most impressive organizational app available. This free service helps your entire family to organize their time more effectively. Evernote is another organizer app that focuses instead on keeping track of notes you make throughout your everyday life. A free version is available, but the $45 per year premium version gives you the pdf searching and lightning quick image recognition that you’ll need to optimize its use.

Calendar Apps

We all use calendars to keep track of what’s going on in our lives, but some calendar apps do such a better job at scheduling our time than a traditional calendar that the results will outright surprise you.

Google Calendar is probably the best known free calendar app, and for god reason: it does an excellent job of keeping all your information in one place, and integrates seamlessly with your gmail account. However, if you’re looking for a little more oomph, why not take a look at Week Calendar, a $2 app that marries a minimalist design with one of the richest feature sets available from any calendar app on the market.

Conference Apps

Finally, when it comes to conference apps, the ones to beat combine everything into one system, organization, communication, interaction, and business. By integrating social interaction with easy-to -analyze stats that separate virtual attendees from people physically present, great conference apps accomplish just about everything that a conference app should.


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