While some people choose to remain faithful to the old pencil and paper trick in order to keep track of their daily tasks, a lot of professionals turn to productivity apps to help manage their deadlines. Which category do you fall into?
As the demand for mobile app purchases grows higher with each year, the diversity and characteristics of productivity apps allow business owners to have a positive impact on their profitability in terms of increased productivity, enhanced communication and improved efficiency.
Did you know? According to fliplet.com, apps increase worker productivity by 240 hours a year, which is the equivalent of $5,114 extra work or six additional working weeks for employees!
Price vs. reliability
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a productivity app to get things done, however, you do need to know what you are looking for. There are a couple of things you should be mindful of when choosing a productivity app for your personal or business projects.
Make sure that the app is able to prioritise, categorise, edit and separate urgent tasks. But this is just the bare minimum. Apps are now more powerful than ever, allowing those who simultaneously work on multiple complex projects to track their tasks and deliverables, in a timely and efficient manner.
From sketching out an idea, taking detailed notes or simply staying in touch with your team, productivity apps contain all the necessary tools to help manage everything from huge projects to the simplest to-do list at home.
Other important factors that determine the efficiency of a time-management tool include speed, flexibility, alerts, availability on multiple platforms and synchronisation
Based on app store reviews, here are three of some of the most relevant productivity apps on the market:
The basic app is free with Premium starting from $2.99 per month and it allows users to make a habit of reviewing tasks on a daily basis. With an award winning to do list software, Any.do is not only flexible but it is also easy to organise, due to its user-freindly interface.
Some of its most relevant features include:
- returning missed-calls reminder
- sending text messages to people you can’t talk to right now
- quickly creating to-do’s via email
- daily reviews at the start/end of the day
- geolocation reminders (for example reminding you to pick up milk when you pass the grocery store)
While the basic app is free, additional features with Premium for Todoist include:
- keyword search
- color-coded labels
- task notes and file uploads
- push notifications
- location-based reminders
- adding tasks via email
- productivity tracking
- iCalendar synchronization
- project templates
- automatic backups
Apart from these competitive features, Todoist provides its users with real-time syncing, custom labels and filters for each task, the option to set sub-tasks, templates for recurring projects and even location-based reminders.
The Dragon Dictation Iphone app is popular for its innovative transcribing feature that allows users to write a note, draft an email, post on social media and anything in between in a reasonably accurate and fast-paced fashion.
What are the benefits of using Dragon Dictation as your personal productivity app?
Speed – this app manages to recognise and transcribe your words in the fastest way possible.
Hands-free – if you are busy working with something else, Dragon Dictation allows truly hands-free text input.
Versatile – Dragon Dictation is able to work on various tasks such as copying notes to the clipboard, posting updates to Facebook or sending a quick text message on your phone.
Here are some of the top selling apps developed by EB Pearls:
This is the perfect app for all food and drink lovers out there, having plenty of recognition online. It contains over 100 healthy recipes in eight different categories and some of its key features are:
- Shopping list function
- Nutritional information for each recipe
- Easy to follow methods
- Easy to navigate interface
- Direct link to Health Synergy website
This app is extremely popular on Instagram and works by indexing the likes onto a map and providing directions to the geo-location of where the image was taken.
Key features include:
- Gives an insight, up to date account
- A unique guide
- Popular for finding different sights and restaurants that you prefer