Useful Apps

I am love to try out various apps with the intention of being more productive. Here are a few standouts for me.

  • Wunderlist
    • A fairly straightforward but pleasingly streamlined to do list app. They have recently incorporated the ability to create folders in addition to various lists and that has been a big boost for it. It is now possible to sort various to do things into each class and then place that in a folder so that it doesn’t clog up the rest of your lists.
  • Trello
    • An app with a variety of productivity applications. It enables you to put various items onto cards and sort them into various columns. You can move a card from one column to another with a simple drag. I find the tactile interaction with the app to be very pleasing and it can help me organize in a way that a binary “done or not done” system cannot.
  • Fantastical
    • Only for iOS users but an excellent calendar app. It has a natural language system that enables you to type out something like “Go to work from 9:30 to 5:30 at Weldon Library” and the app will extrapolate the time and locations from that and insert it automatically into your calendar. I find this a lot handier than other apps where you have to meticulously put in each detail.
  • Evernote
    • A note software program that allows you to organize your notes into various notebooks. This was a big upgrade for me since I was just using the iOS “Notes” app previously. I used it pretty extensively and that meant I had this enormous jumble of notes on all different topics. It was getting to the point that it was basically impossible to navigate so Evernote was a huge blessing. It also has the ability to allow audio notes and to share notes with a group. I haven’t used these features but they seem likely to be handy someday!
  • Dropbox
    • This is simply my chosen bit of the Cloud. I have no particular reason to prefer it over Google Drive or OneDrive. It is simply what I’ve been using for years and I’ve become comfortable with it. It can be downloaded onto your computer to allow you to easily save things onto it and it has never given me any trouble.

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