I love my apps. I love to be mobile.
My apps make me more productive and make my life easier and more enjoyable. I get more done with my apps in my life.
I love to use my apps not just for work and building my businessand being productive which is what I’m going to show you today.
In this episode, I share my 5 favorite productivity apps with you that I can’t live without. All are available on iPhone, Android and Windows phones. Enjoy!
This is one of my absolute favorite apps because it gives me a chance to get my lists in order as soon as I have a thought or idea. I don’t have to wait until I get to a desktop, I don’t even have to search for a pad. With Wunderlist you have a list that you create and then you open that list up and you add an item to your list of items that you want to get accomplished for that list.
If you need a list that is going to be prioritized, of to do items, this app will not do that. You’re going to have to prioritize yourself as to what is urgent, not urgent, important but not important, (if you’re familiar with Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.)
You may not consider this a productivity app in the truest sense of the word, but because I post a lot of content in social media, I need something that’s going to help me be productive in gathering and aggregating content of interest to myself and to my audience that I can share with them. That’s the definite fodder that I would need for social media and also I need to educate myself on what‘s going on in certain areas. If there are people that I like to follow or if there is a certain news publication, Flipboard is going to be a great way for me to aggregate all that content in a very visual way. So if you need content, aggregated in a visual way, Flipboard can be a solution for you beyond just text aggregation.
If you have a news source on the web, I recommend alltop.com, which is co-founded by Guy Kawasaki, social media guru. He’s great. For myself, I need something mobile. I have Flipboard on my cell, I have it on my iPad and when I have the chance during the day I will take a look and see all of the content that’s been aggregated for myself in a magazine format. It’s available on iPhone, Android, Windows and Windows phone.
If you’re not familiar with buffer it’s going to give you a way to post your social media content and schedule it throughout the day so you’re not jamming it up every time you find a piece of content. This is definitely productive for me because I get more usage out of all of my posts and all the work that I go through in trying to find good stuff.
Now here’s a tip that I learned from Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick in amping up your social media. From Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick’s latest book Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users. It’s an awesome book, you should check out my review on video and podcast. This is a tip on adding photos and images to your tweets without taking up extra space with a link. You can do that with Buffer app. It’s great. HootSuite won’t allow you to do it because they have a shortened URL as an owl.ly, which is their URL shortener. But the Buffer post is fantastic for sharing an image with your tweet without taking up extra text for a link to that image. So you can share a link to your content and then post an image if you want. That’s just a little tip I wanted to share with you. It’s something I just learned recently and I think it’s really neat.
4) Google Drive
This is something that I’ve talked about previously and how I used it, in a past podcast episode on Using Google Drive for Mad Content Creation (Smarter Online Marketing Podcast Episode 54). It’s a great way for me to have content creation, storage, everything all in one place and I can also collaborate. The neat thing about Google Drive is when you’re working on a document or a spreadsheet or their PowerPoint equivalent, you can’t have two people working on the same document in other platforms like OneDrive if you are using Word or Excel, like myself, I’m a PC girl, so if I were to open that app and start working on it she would not be able to work on the same document unless I close out that document. Google Drive gives you live real time syncing, collaborating, it’s awesome. If you use the docs for it that come with Google Drive, it’s totally free, you’re not taking up any of your storage.
The nice thing is that your words images and documents are always going to be close at hand. You can really search and discover everything that you did and make it easy to find and this is with the tagging feature that Google Drive does not have. It’s built in to Evernote. That’s why I recommended you save your file names with something that is going to be searchable in Google Drive. This way, if you’re in Evernote, you can just tag on right your files, it doesn’t have to be in the file name. You can have lists, you can do research, you can keep moving those ideas forward until you complete them. There are different notebooks you can place things into. You can have tons of notebooks, whatever kinds of categories that you can think of, you can have it.
Google Drive: https://drive.google.com
Steven Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. http://amzn.to/1N2elUj (Affiliate link)
Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick, The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users. http://amzn.to/1BbAAj3 (Affiliate link)
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