One of the best things about technology is all the options it unlocks for business, browsing, and more. However, it can all get pretty overwhelming and disorganized pretty quickly. If you want to be more efficient and less cluttered this upcoming year, take a look at some of the best productivity apps to try in 2019:
Available for iOS, Android, and as a web app, Asana simplifies the often complicated and annoying task of organizing multiple email threads. Usually, notes about projects, deadlines, and other details are spread around in multiple emails, and some can slip through the cracks. Asana consolidates everything in one place, so users can create projects, pick people for tasks, and more. If you don’t want to pay, you can create projects and assign tasks with up to 15 people, whereas paying increases that limit and gives you more tools.
If you’re like me, you often find pages or paragraphs of text in books and magazines that you want to keep. I’ll take a picture with my phone, but then it’s saved as JPG forever. When CamScanner, you can convert those photos into PDFs, which you can save to the cloud and share. Different image quality options and cropping can improve the quality and readability of whatever you snapped, so even handwritten notes are more legible. The app also has OCR, so text in images can be exported into .txt files. To use, you simply open the app and the page, and tap the OCR button. You can choose a specific area or apply OCR to the whole text. The free version of the app is ad-supported, while unlimited OCR is available on the premium subscription, along with other features.
If you love making lists, but want to move away from paper, Wunderlist is a great app, especially for business-related projects. It’s very easy to use and the free version recently added every feature. You can use the app for a variety of tasks such as forwarding emails, arranging items, adding due dates and attachments to lists, and more. Tasks can also be assigned and a comment section lets everyone discuss what’s going on with a project. Wunderlist works on a huge variety of platforms, including Kindle Fire.
Online security is essential these days, but that often means needing to come up with (and remember) a bunch of different passwords. LastPass will store them with encryption, so when you’re signing in somewhere, you just log in to the app and it will fill in the info for you. It also stores billing and shipping info, too, and lets you safely share passwords should the need arise. The app will even generate strong passwords for you, too, since it’s often hard to come up with good ones. If you want more features like bigger encrypted cloud storage, you’ll pay just $2 a month for Premium.
If you have multiple social media accounts and need to organize and schedule content, this is one of the best apps out there. It has RSS support, tracks metrics, and lets you schedule different date and post times for all the major social media platforms, like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. You don’t have to schedule them all, though, if that seems like too much work. When you create a post, Buffer will automatically add it to the queue and publish it. If you always want to know how your posts are doing and what sort of content is making the most impact, the metrics feature is very useful.
The free tier provides up to three accounts with queues that can hold up to 10 posts per account. You don’t, however, get RSS support or metrics. The next tier unlocks basic social analytics, RSS, and up to 8 accounts with a 100-post queue. That costs $15 per month.
Fitness apps are becoming more popular as the technology improves. Whether you need more help staying motivated or tracking your nutrition, these apps can help.