2016 is well and truly here as January has now come and is almost gone, that’s right we’re almost 1 month down in the 2016 calendar.
This is the time most New Year’s resolutions stumble, or completely fall off the face of the earth. If you decided 2016 was the year you were going to be more productive then you may be needing some extra encouragement by now.
Staying productive can seem like an easy task at the beginning of the year, when the workload is lighter and you start back with a clean inbox. However as the emails start piling up and the deadlines start approaching, it’s easy to revert back to the stressed out version of yourself that would send even the most experienced yoga instructor running for the hills.
There are some fantastic apps out there that can help you to manage your day and hopefully lower that blood pressure.
Evernote is one of the most popular productivity apps out there and it’s easy to see why. Evernote allows you to write notes, make checklists, attach files, chat to colleagues, share notes on projects, create meetings track expenses and plan travel.
It’s a powerful app that can be used across all devices. Evernote is free to download and use and there are also subscription levels that offer more tools.
- Microsoft Office Mobile
Access, view and edit any of your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from this app. Great for working while you travel, or if you just don’t have your computer in front of you.
This app is free to download but you will need an Office 365 subscription to get the most out of it.
Do you have so many different passwords that logging into something feels like memory testing? 1Paswword remembers all your passwords so you only need to remember one. It will also generate strong and unique passwords for you to use and save them securely.
This is a great app if you’re constantly forgetting passwords and wasting time resetting and creating them again.
- Skype for Business
Skype for Business is basically a supercharged upgrade from the free version of Skype. It allows you to conduct online meetings with up to 250 people, set your status (busy, available etc), sync with Outlook, manage your employee accounts and features, and much more.
The Skype for Business app allows you to do all this from your phone or tablet, meaning you don’t have to be tied to your desk for that conference call.
If you travel a lot for work it can get very time consuming and annoying trying to organise all your business receipts. Expensify makes it easy to store all your receipts and assign them to reports. Simply take a photo of your receipt and Expensify will automatically create the expense, no need for any manual entry
Trello is a highly customizable digital bulletin board that you can use to set up anything from to do lists, tasks, notes and more. Users can create lists which can be then filled with cards. Cards can be tasks, ideas, notes, pictures or basically anything. Cards can be shared with other users, who can create new cards, add comments or assign tasks.
7. Microsoft Remote Desktop Client
This app from Microsoft allows you to connect to a remote PC (terminal server) so you can access it from anywhere. You can read more about remote and terminal servers in one of our earlier blog posts.
If your business uses a Cloud Platform you can access all your company files and data from anywhere with an internet connection as everything is stored securely in the Cloud.
This app requires VPN connectivity so speak to your IT provider to help set it up.