If you’re starting a business, working from home, or just trying to get things done at the office, you know that your time is at a premium. As access to more information and more social media outlets has become the norm, it’s increasingly easy to find yourself at the end of the day with very little to show for your time.
With that in mind, it’s time to harness the other side of technology’s double-edged sword. Here are 6 apps that will help you get organized, increase your productivity through the day, and get more done. Every app selected for this list was chosen because it’s available on desktop, iOS, and Android and offers a free version (not just free-to-try).
Note: All images are taken from iOS versions.
“Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.”
In Trello, you make cards that represent projects, then you can assign them to people to work on, or move them into stages of completion. Once you’ve done your part in the process, you simply move the card on to the next stage. This way, you can get complex projects done faster with no confusion—given that everyone stays up to date on their cards.
“Slack brings all your communication together in one place. It’s real-time messaging, archiving and search for modern teams.”
Slack is a major upgrade for your instant messaging. In this one app, you can create channels based on projects, interests, or assets. Slack is compatible with Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac, meaning that once everyone on your team has it downloaded, you’ll be connected no matter where you are.
Bonus: You can integrate Slack with Trello to get alerts when cards are moved.
“Google Drive is a safe place for all your files and puts them within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. Files in Drive – like your videos, photos, and documents – are backed up safely so you can’t lose them.”
Since cloud services became widely available several years ago, Google Drive has set itself apart by connecting to all of its other services, such as Gmail and Google Docs. You get 15 gigabytes for free with your Google account, with the option to expand for a fee. Best of all, your files are easily updateable, shareable, and accessible with just a press of your finger.
“Nav is the ONLY source for both personal and business credit score access, with advice on how to build your business credit to get funding, and save money.”
Half of productivity is saving time, and that’s what Nav is all about. Small business owners spend an average of 26 hours trying to lock down funding, according to the New York Federal Reserve’s Small Business Credit Survey. Using Nav to understand, establish, and build both types of credit will help your business get loan-ready faster than ever. Throw in a loan marketplace that shows you how likely you are to be approved for a loan before you apply, and you’ve got an app that’s a serious time-saver.
“Toggl is a cool time tracking application by a company in Estonia that seems insanely simple. It allows you track time right from a browser, computer or a smartphone.”
Toggl is a time-tracking app that’s so simple, you’ll actually use it. Whether you’re a freelancer yourself, or you want a freelancer you’re hiring to use it, Toggl will help you keep track of how long a project takes you to complete. Simply add a client and project, then use Toggl like a stopwatch to keep an accurate record that’ll make billing a cinch.
“Evernote is a cloud-based note-taking and file-storage application that synchronizes data across multiple devices.”
Do you need another cloud-based file app? If you’re serious about staying organized, a two-fold approach is the way to go. Think of Google Drive as the backpack that holds a lot of stuff, and Evernote as the planner that keeps your notes in order. Use Evernote to keep add photos into notes, track projects, and stay up-to-date on everything happening in your world.