Your time is a precious resource. There are a million things to do in a given day and rarely enough time to do them all.
Fortunately, we live in an age where there is endless technology to take advantage of to make your life less chaotic, more efficient, and get you out of the office in time for synchronized swimming (hey man, I don’t know what you do after work!).
Obviously, some of that technology includes mobile apps. Apps can either be a huge distraction (thanks, Candy Crush) or a great productivity boost.
There are literally millions of business-related apps out there, but these are just a few to make daily tasks sleeker, faster, and less painful.
How many times have you scrolled through your phone’s contact list and realized there are names you don’t even recognize? You don’t know who the person is, can’t remember how you know them, and have no idea when you created the contact in the first place? That’s what Humin is for. All you need to do is enter the phone number in the app, or search based on clues like when you met the person, and Humin will fill in the rest. You'll never have mystery numbers floating around in your contacts again.The app also verifies your contacts to make sure you don’t have out-of-date information.
The new Outlook email app is a great way to stay connected on the go. If you’re already using Outlook in the office, the app integrates with your desktop calendar, letting you schedule meetings remotely, view appointments in-app, or receive notifications when it’s time to meet. Also, the Focused Inbox sorts your emails to keep the most important ones at the top for quick viewing.
Never lose a note or idea ever again. Save notes, photos, web pages, and more using Evernote. Manually enter notes, dictate them, or use a stylus to write them down; it's up to you. Evernote’s text-identification feature will index your handwriting so it’s searchable later. This app is one of the best ways to make sure you don’t lose or forget anything (digital) ever again.
We shared our thoughts on Slack with you last week. If you can’t get enough of the slick communication tool, snag the app and take all the features with you in your pocket. Slack syncs across all devices, so you can search emails, chats, and other messages no matter where you are, plus start group or one-on-one conversations.
A sleek calendar app by Microsoft, Sunrise integrates all your meetings and events from almost 20 different apps like Basecamp, Asana, Facebook, Google, TripIt, and more. It’s essentially the only calendar you’ll need. Upon setup, you can also select other “interesting calendars” you’d like to include, like U.S. holidays, NFL calendars, TV schedules, and more. While I probably didn’t need to know that yesterday was Rhode Island Independence Day, it’s helpful to have the option of adding national holidays of other countries, like Germany for example. You’ll also receive push notifications and get weather updates in the app.
Take the power of Hubspot with you wherever you go. Using the app, you can access your Hubspot Dashboard to see how many total views your site has this month, check for new leads or customers, and monitor the growth of that latest blog post. While it doesn’t have all the features you love about Hubspot, it does contain all the analytics you need.
Even marketers have to sleep sometime. Buffer allows you to schedule posts across your social networks to keep them working even when you’re at home. Connect networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and most recently, Pinterest, to schedule posts in advance and even monitor specific Twitter streams. While not a robust, automated marketing tool like Hubspot, if you’re looking for only these features Buffer is a huge time saver.
I finally tried Hangouts recently, even though they're the hip thing all the cool kids have been doing for a while. Google Hangouts are incredibly useful for video chatting with multiple parties, screen sharing, presenting, and more. With the app, all that power is portable. Hangouts are particularly helpful while working remotely. If you’ve got teammates in multiple locations, this is a great way to get them all in one place.
Wire is the communication app backed by Skype co-founder Janus Friis. The app is lauded as a “modern-day” version of Skype, or what Skype would be if it were built today instead of a decade ago. Like Skype, you can chat and make calls, plus create groups, and block users. Wire also uses updated technology for file delivery, media compression, and more. While user numbers are not available, Wire has been downloaded in every country in the world and seen more than 100,000 downloads.
We have so many tools, technology, and resources available now to make our lives and our work simpler. The way we work is changing, in part because of all the incredible technology continuing to be developed. Take advantage of what’s out there so you can focus on the things that really matter in your day.
Do you have any other apps to add to the list? Let us know in the comments.