Your phone’s ringing off the hook. You’ve got three meetings back to back. Emails are piling up in your inbox. And when you have a moment to book your next business trip, you wonder how you’re ever going to make it through the day.
The solution is simple: apps.
Struggling to plan a meeting? There’s an app for that.
Trying to back up your files? There’s an app for that.
Planning a business trip? There’s an app for that.
Below are the top 10 apps guaranteed to make your working life a little easier. Whether you’re trying to share notes or creating a to-do list, these apps will bring a little peace throughout your day.
As someone who usually has Post-It notes covering her entire desk, I can personally say that Evernote is a life-saver. Evernote allows you to organize your thoughts in a creative, yet highly organized way. You can take pictures, add links to your notes, add attachments, and record audio files. And if you’re one of those people with excellent handwriting, you can even upload handwritten notes.
Bring your team’s communication to the 21st century with Slack. From this one app, you have the option to host a group chat, send direct messages, or place voice and video calls. You can share files, images, spreadsheets, and PDF documents with their easy drag-and-drop feature. Whether you’re having idle water cooler talk or discussing a project, Slack makes sure you’re always in the loop. This app is also available for mobile devices and desktop.
If you’re on the go and don’t have access to a computer, fear not! SAGE Mobile offers a simple and convenient product research and business management solution for the promotional products industry. After logging in, you can search for products, look up customer information, check orders, create and share presentations, and access your information from the other SAGE platforms.
SAGE Mobile’s tradeshow planner also makes it easier to manage your time. After you’ve selected your show, you can view the exhibitor list, explore the interactive floorplan, create a walk list of must-see exhibitors, and even add notes, pictures, video and audio recordings on products and suppliers that interested you. When you get back to your office, all of your notes from the tradeshow will appear seamlessly in SAGE Online and SAGE Web!
Nothing is more annoying than receiving that message from your email that says your files are too large to send. Thankfully, there’s Dropbox! The way of the future. With Dropbox, you can share and upload what you want on any device. Not only is this app completely free, but you also get 2GB of storage space. If your computer crashes, you’ll never experience that heart-stopping fear because all your files are saved on the internet.
Fact: no one likes scanning documents. And finding a printer with a scanner is like finding a needle in a haystack. Luckily, DocScan makes sending paper documents digitally a breeze. All you have to do is take a photo and DocScan will turn it into a high-resolution PDF or zipped JPEG. You can also draw lines and annotate the image before you save it as a PDF. With DocScan you can scan a picture, crop and straighten your pages, enhance the contrast of the document, group pages together, and export your documents to other applications like Dropbox.
There’s some truth behind that saying, “knowledge is power.” With the help of Mind Tools, you can learn essential skills that will help transform the way you work. If you have some free time on your lunch break, pick a topic from Mind Tools and educate yourself. From management to leadership to personal development, Mind Tools offers a wide range of useful career skills for free.
As you stand in front of the car rental desk, shuffling through your emails trying to find your booking number, do you ever feel the heated impatient stare of the person behind you? For one second, you fervently wish that you had all your travel documents together in one place. Wish granted! Traveling has never been easier with the help of TripCase. This one app lets you import all your travel details in one place. Whether it’s flight details, car rental agreements, or hotel booking references, this app is the perfect itinerary planner.
Staying focused is a problem we all struggle with. One minute you’re working on a project and the next you’re on YouTube watching a cat play the piano. We’ve all been there. 30/30 is a task manager app that helps you focus on the task at hand without distractions. The concept behind the app is devoting 30 minutes to intense work, followed by a 30-minute break. Now since most of us don’t have time for a 30-minute break, this app gives you free reign over the time limits and the number of tasks you’d like to create. 30/30 works effectively because it pressures you with a time constraint, while also promising a reward at the end of your hard work.
GoToMeeting is ideal for any sales professional who needs to video conference with a client, either on a mobile device or on a computer. It’s one thing to talk to a client over the phone, but it’s something else entirely when they get to see what you’re talking about. GoToMeeting provides desktop sharing so your clients can see the bigger picture. GoToMeeting also makes it simple and fast to set up meetings across a variety of platforms including Microsoft Office, email, and instant messaging apps.
Are you considered a Type A person? Do you get an excited flutter in your chest whenever you see a sale on planners? Then Wunderlist is the app for you. Whether it’s a grocery list or a project to-do list, Wunderlist hosts a platform where you can organize big and small tasks alike. This app also comes with Due Dates and Reminders, so you’ll never run behind schedule again.
With all these apps literally at your fingertips, managing your time has never been easier. You’ll be able to organize, plan, and schedule every part of your work life without breaking a sweat. Do you have a favorite app that you didn’t see on this list? Tell us about it in the comments!