I am the most disorganized person I know. Sure, my decorated planner and fantastic color coordination skills might suggest otherwise, but it’s all just a sham! It’s officially fall. So I feel the need to organize my entire life. I started researching apps for organization, and many articles I read consistently mentioned these apps. I’ve used a few of them, but a some of them are new to me. Life organization begins in 3, 2, 1…
[Note: All of these have free versions and paid versions. I’m only listing the platforms that make available the free versions and not delving into pricing, subscriptions, etc. Because I’m cheap. There. I said it.]
(Available for free on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows, and Kindle Fire)
Wunderlist is a very functional to-do list app. Options exist to set reminders, due dates, hashtags, notes, and folders. I like this app because it automatically syncs between platforms without requiring a paid subscription, so I can add something on my phone, then write more notes about that list item when I’m at my computer.
(Available for free on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Android Tablet, Windows, Kindle Fire, BlackBerry 10, and Linux)
Remember the Milk is another to-do list app, but there are a few differences between it and Wunderlist. This app has a nicer layout and seems a little easier to use in general as well as the ability to add repeating tasks. It also features more sorting options than Wanderlust—something which makes my librarian heart flutter. Remember the Milk only allows syncing between platforms once a day in the free version, but since free is my favorite price, I can live with that!
(Available for free on iPhone, iPad, Android, and Gmail)
I haven’t used Easily Do before. But anything that bills itself as a virtual assistant definitely rates checking out! Some of the features it includes are streamlining your contacts list, identifying actionable emails and taking action based on those (such as saving events to your calendar), bill pay reminders, and automatic package tracking. This seems like a second brain—which I’m sure no mother would complain about!
(Available for free on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Android Tablet, Windows, and Kindle Fire)
Back when I was in college, if I started working on a paper at home and wanted to finish it at school, then I had to use a disk to save it. The horror! Eventually, we got fancy with flash drives, but there was always the risk of accidentally leaving said drive at home or it not working on the school’s’ computers. Now, with apps like Dropbox, that risk is gone! Dropbox lets you synchronize and access videos and documents between devices and users. You can also work on presentations with a group without having to email files back and forth a million times. That would’ve been nice to have in college too!
(Available for free on iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, and Windows)
If you’ve watched television lately, you’ve probably seen the commercial that features people trying to take pictures and getting the pop up notification that their storage is almost full. Since I have the most adorable baby and dog on the planet and a pitifully small storage of 16 GB on my iPhone, this is my life! Thankfully, since installing the Google Photos app, I’ve able to avoid that message while still staging our daughter and pup for all those posed social media pictures. Google Photos automatically backs up your pictures, organizes them, and even makes cute little collages and animations out of similar pictures. I also discovered while researching this article that they have an option to backup all of the pictures on your computer! Guess what I’ll be adding to my task list?
(Available for free – web based)
IFTTT stands for “If This, Then That.” The site lets you build “recipes” based on two actions that you want it to take. For example, you can tell it to alert you if there is rain in the weather forecast tomorrow. There are hundreds of recipes on the site to choose from, and users are building more daily. Setting up a recipe is extremely easy since the site walks you through the process step-by-step. It’s a great way to automate tasks and then forget about them!