My Favorite Productivity Apps And How I use Them

My Favorite Productivity Apps And How I use ThemI am sure that you know by now that Apple introduced their new mobile operating system iOS 7 last week along with two new iPhones. The most noticeable difference in iOS 7 is that it is a more modern, streamlined, and flatter design.

This update brought about the redesign of some of my favorite iPhone productivity apps which allow me to keep in touch with people and help me to be more productive. 

Here’s a list of my 7 favorite productivity apps that have been redesigned for iOS 7:

  1. Mailbox: Mailbox has quickly become one of my favorite iPhone productivity apps. It is designed from the ground up to make your email fast and mobile-friendly. It is the perfect email app for the Getting Things Done user, and it helps you to quickly deal with your inbox as things show up. You can quickly swipe a message to the trash, move it to a tickler type file that will bring it back when you want to focus on it, and it will make getting your mailbox to zero a breeze. I use the Mailbox app to help me get my email to zero and keep it there.

  1. Evernote: I use Evernote as my online filing cabinet to store my notes, photos, web articles, to-do lists, and just about anything else that I can think of. Once you have stored your stuff in Evernote you can access it on your PC, the web, and your iPhone. One of my goals is to scan all of my paper files into Evernote to remove the clutter from my office. Comment here and let me know which scanner you use with Evernote.

  1. Dropbox: If you are like me and have your files all over the place—your office computer, home desktop, laptop—having a dependable place to store them is a must. Dropbox allows you to store your files in the cloud and access them from anywhere. You also have the option to store files in a public folder so you can easily share them with a simple download link. One of my favorite features is the ability to automatically backup all of my iPhone photos to Dropbox.

  1. Google Drive: I have moved completely away from MS Office and I now use Google Documents and Google Drive to create and store all of my documents. Google Drive functions a lot like Dropbox, allowing you to have a folder on your desktop and to drag and drop files into. It syncs all of your Google Documents, so you never have to worry about losing a file.

  1. Facebook: I use Facebook to keep in touch with my friends and family. The iOS 7 redesign cleans up the top bar and moves the app’s tabs from the top to the bottom making it quicker to access your friend requests, messages, and notifications, etc.

  1. Twitter:  If you are a Twitter user you will love this redesign.  Some of the new features include the ability to see popular links from people you care about without opening the Twitter app, the Twitter #music station, and the ability to use Siri for Twitter searches.

  1. Kindle: I love to read and I use the Kindle Reader App for most of the books that I read. The benefit of the Kindle platform is that you can read the same book on your iPhone, laptop, or desktop. Our county library even has a Kindle section which allows you to borrow Kindle books for 2 weeks at at time.

Well, those are 7 of my favorite iPhone productivity apps. They help me to stay in contact with my friends and family, and be more productive. What did I miss? What are your favorite productivity apps? Comment here.

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  • Productivity Frog

    Thanks Steve - a good list. Do you also have a task manager app? If so, which do you prefer?

  • sespring

    I try to use Evernote for everything, but I am experimenting with task management apps that sync with Evernote. I am currently experimenting with Any.Do, and I would love to hear about any other to-do apps that sync with Evernote.

  • Appsicum

    Evernote and Dropbox Apps are some of the best
    apps which people generally include in there app lists. Some good apps here.
    You can also include Future Scheduler in this iphone productive apps list.

    • sespring

      Thanks for your comment. I have not heard of Future Scheduler but I will check it out soon. Thanks for the tip!