Need Help Getting Things Done? Productivity Apps to Try

Need Help Getting Things Done? Productivity Apps to Try

Joelle Alcaidinho
Jun 15, 2012

If you're anything like me, the summer heat puts a serious damper on your productivity. It's as if the humidity covers my brain in a fog that always makes procrastinating seem like the best choice. To help combat this and stay focused, I've been perusing productivity apps that many have claimed have really helped them to get things done. Of course, I am happy to share my findings with you, conveniently divided into categories for your productivity finding pleasure.

Overall Organizing
Evernote: The app that sticks out the most as being helpful time and time again is Evernote. With apps for both Android and iOS (and more) it's one of the most well loved and universally used tools among the team here. Evernote helps me get things done by keeping me organized — without it I'd be an even worse procastinator. Free

Mind Mapping
MindNode & Mindjet: Being able to map out exactly what needs to be done is helpful, whether planning a party or brainstorming a new idea. Both of these apps, the former for iOS and the latter for Android, are great ways to get your mind maps onto your tablet. MindNode, $9.99, Mindjet,Free

Reading & Annotating
GoodReader & Mantano Reader: In my line of work I read a lot of documents, most of which are PDFs. Being able to annotate these documents while on the go is huge, so I rely on great app that lets me "note away" as easily as possible. Since I use an iPad, GoodReader is my go-to app for this — for Android tablets, check out Mantano Reader. GoodReader, $4.99, Mantano Reader, $6.99

Task Management
Daily Notes +Tasks & Tasks N ToDos: There are times when a simple handwritten list of things that one needs to do works perfectly, and there are other times when that just won't cut it. For those with very busy schedules and lots of tasks to be done, check out Daily Notes + Tasks for the iPad and Tasks N ToDos for Android. Both apps offer so much more than a simple list and will really help you to be more productive and efficient, as long as you use them, of course. Daily Notes + Tasks, $4.99, Tasks N ToDos, $5.99

Bonus: For the Procrastinating Writer
Write or Die: With a name like that how can you not be motivated? Since we are writers here, this is one iPad app that hits a bit close to home. The app punishes you for procrastinating or becoming distracted, which is great for staying on focus when the consequences are as dire as losing what you've written! Also available for the Desktop. $9.99

What tablet apps help you stay productive?

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