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Productivity Apps

Litty Kurian


“Productivity is never an accident.  It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul J. Meyer

We all have a limited amount of time to accomplish the items that face us each day. I would like to introduce some useful Apps that have really helped me in my professional and personal life to be more productive and use my time more efficiently.

The first one is called Evernote. It is a productivity application that seamlessly syncs your data across devices and platforms. It is available on both Android and iPhone as an app and also on any Windows or Apple device. I find it very convenient to write a note or save a snippet from the web in Evernote and have it available on all my devices immediately. Evernote allows you to organize your notes very efficiently so you can separate your work related notes from your personal ones. It allows you to share notes and notebooks with other people allowing for collaboration at work, as well as within your family.

I have used various news aggregator apps for my daily reading. These include apps like Flipboard, Mashable, Zite, Pulse, Apple News, etc. On most of these apps, you can specify your areas of interest like sports, technology, finance, etc., and they feed you articles that fit your interest selections. The one I have liked the most is Flipboard. It has the best user interface, and it also adapts as you use it. So after a while most of the articles it feeds you tend to be ones in which you are most interested.

Another app that has helped me a lot both for work and personal use is the Apple Reminders App. It can be accessed from all your iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, as well as Mac, Windows, and Apple Watch. It allows you to create task lists and enable reminders. You can then share these lists with other people – your family, co-workers, etc.  All the people you share with can add more tasks or set tasks to complete. For example, you can create a shopping list, share it with your spouse, and both of you can go shopping. You can then branch out in the store and mark items as completed as you work your way through the store. Since both of you have access to the updates, you would know when your spouse has picked up an item and know not to get it yourself.

Finally, I would like to mention Stocard. It allows you to store all your rewards and gym cards on your smartphone. It is available for both iPhone and Android Phones. If you use this, you will not have to carry all those plastic cards in your wallet or on your keychain. It has the added advantage of allowing you to view the store catalogs right on your smartphone as well. Once you download the App, use the app to scan your current plastic card, and it will store all the required information. Then, present this app at checkout, and the store’s scanning system will recognize your loyalty card. More than 400 stores allow you to use this card, including many in our area. However, not all stores participate, and not all branches of the allowed stores will have the technology required to scan your App.

Evernote can be used amongst teams to collaborate on projects by sharing notes, project schedules, etc. Flipboard provides content that allows you to remain current on technology or other areas related to your work. Reminders can be used by project teams to set simple project task lists and once shared between team members, can be used as a means to provide updates on their tasks.  In conclusion, all of these apps are useful tools to have and help you to be more productive both professionally and personally.

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