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The 3 Best Apps For Productivity

The 3 Best Apps for Productivity Where would be be without our smart phones? Really, for some of us, we’d be stranded. For me, my smart phone holds my calendar, my email, my gps and every list I ever need for anything. The thing is, there are so many apps. How do you know which ones are worth your time? Today, I’m going to show you my three favorites so you can decide what will work best for you. The best app for productivity: Google Keep My number one favorite is Google Keep. Keep is an ever-expanding list app. This is where I keep my grocery lists, notes to myself, and lists of errands. I love their check lists and that I can set colors for each note, which makes it crazy easy to find specific notes in a hurry. Pros:

  • Android widget keeps each note accessible
  • Colorized lists makes it easy to find each one quickly
  • Ability to set reminders to notes
  • Ability to share notes with friends
  • Ability to add photos to notes

Cons:

  • No current ability to make multiple checklists on one page (ie: a list of errands to run, with a small checklist for each errand)

Best apps for productivity: Evernote My second favorite app is Evernote. Evernote is big in the organizing world. It does have the ability to do just about everything that Google Keep does, plus you can add multi-part checklists. It’s a really great app as far as the things that it does. What makes it number two on my list: it’s so loaded with features, it suffers when it comes to response time. I’ve found that Evernote runs a bit slower and is more prone to freezing or crashing. Because of that, I use Evernote for things that I don’t access every day. Instead of using Evernote for my grocery list, I use it to coordinate my back-to-school shopping. I also use it to hold our family bucket list. I also use Evernote to store permission slips for my Girl Scout troop, so that I have them at hand and accessible when we’re on trips. These are notes that I access from time to time, but I don’t use on a daily basis. Pros:

  • Can do just about everything Google Keep does
  • Really fantastic way to store recipes
  • Great way to save restaurant menus
  • Easy to save pdfs for quick access to information
  • Can make multi-part checklists

Cons:

  • Not always as stable or quickly responsive as Keep (in my experience)

Best Productivity Apps: Trello Finally, my third productivity app is Trello. Out of the three of these apps, Trello is the newest to me. My impression of Trello is that it’s more created to make boards of notes by teams with multiple people collaborating. I haven’t had a need for it that way. As a note app for myself, it can be a bit more limited than Keep and Evernote, but it definitely has it’s place. I like to use Trello for information I save from emails, like Redbox codes or Shutterfly coupons. It’s also great for To Do Lists that have parts that need to be marked as “in progress”. My favorite use for Trello is shopping. That’s right, shopping. I’ve made a large board full of lists of acceptable uniform pieces for my daughter for school. For example, I have one list on the board that is full of acceptable pants. Each card on the list has an image of the pants, the regular price, and a link to the store where it can be purchased. This way, in a pinch, I can access the list right away and order what I need. I can also compare prices of like items from multiple retailers. This way, I know I’m always getting the best deal. Pros:

  • Ability to have multiple people work on one board
  • Ability to set alarms
  • Great for tracking projects with multiple tasks

Cons:

  • Not as dynamic as Keep or Evernote, but does what it does extremely well

Those are my three favorite apps for productivity. Each one is it’s own special little snowflake that makes it amazing for it’s own reasons. What are your favorite productivity apps?

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7 thoughts on “The 3 Best Apps For Productivity

  1. amber.m says:

    What cool apps! I’ll have to pass them along to my android friends!

    Thanks for linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere! 🙂

  2. I love Trello! I have heard nothing but good things about evernote but I find it overwhelming to take on a whole new organizational system!

    1. Christine says:

      You are perhaps the first person I’ve met that knows what Trello is!

      Evernote can be overwhelming because it can seemingly do anything. They’re always posting videos on YouTube with more and more things you can do. I feel like I can devote hours a day to it and still never learn it all.

      Thanks for stopping by Colleen! You’re fast becoming my best bloggy friend 🙂

  3. Rachel says:

    Interesting. I’ve never heard of Trello. Might have to check that out. My absolute favorite organization app though is Cozi.

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks for stopping by, Rachel 🙂

      I remember Cozi. I used to use them way back before everyone had smartphones. I remember downloading the app years ago, but it must not have stood out to me. I’ll have to give it another look.

  4. Thanks for sharing these apps! I use Evernote, but I’ve never heard of Google Keep–I’m going to go check it out!

    1. Christine says:

      Thanks for stopping by Anna! I hope you enjoy Google Keep! I love it!

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