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5 Apps to Increase Your Productivity

Picture of cell phone screen with several apps to increase productivity.

Tue, 11/10/2015 - 12:21pm

New semester, new you! Time to amp up that productivity. What are the best apps for slimming down that “to do” list? We’re here to tell you. Be at your best with these iOS and Android apps. Follow along:

Evernote is an app that lets you collect notes, to-do lists and just about anything else all in one, digital place. It synchronizes all your files to the cloud, and anything you create your phone will be waiting for you when you log into any other version of Evernote.

Use Evernote as a back-up hard drive to your brain. Add reminders, take notes and collect all the minutia of your life in its portable, auxiliary brain. The interface is slick and there are premium options, too, if you demand more power. Price: Free (Android, iOS, Windows Phone, PC, Mac, Google Chrome, and the Web)

Mailbox can help you get your inbox down to zero. You can quickly swipe messages into your archive or trash and scan entire conversations in a chat-like view. Mailbox lets you put off messages until later and returns them to your inbox automatically at a time you designate, such as “later today,” “this evening,” or even “someday.” The app somehow gets smarter as you use it, learning your swiping behavior and automating future actions from there. Price: Free (iOS, Android)

Slack lets you communicate with your team members without using email. It utilizes a more formal sort of chat interface that allows users to create specific channels for specific projects. Price: Free (iOS, Mac, Android, Web)

Clear is a simple, well-designed, to-do and reminders app that helps organize the important and banal parts of your life – effortlessly. Add new items by typing them in. Easy! Drag and re-order items just as easily. You can swipe right to delete a task or indicate that you’ve otherwise completed an item. Price: ~ $4.99 (iOS, Mac)

Store (and share, if you like) your files online with Dropbox. This venerable service lets you keep things safely in the cloud. If your laptop gets lifted or your phone takes a dip in the drink, your files are safely stored away from all that agita. You receive 2 GB of space for free and can access everything from your mobile or desktop platforms. Share as you like and control who sees what, when. Upgrade to 1 TB (that’s 1,000 GB of storage!) for ~ $9.99/mo. Price: Free (iOS, Android, Mac & PC, Web)



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