This guest post was contributed by Rachel Jensen.
It’s no secret that we’re extremely blessed in this day and age in regards to technology. It’s ever-evolving and expanding in ways we could never have imagined – as it should. Just a decade ago, in 2004, if someone would have told you the kind of things you could do on a mobile phone now in 2014, you would have thought they were yanking your chain. You might have said, “Yeah, okay,” but would probably have really been thinking that this person was out of their mind.
Quite a lot of the features we take for granted on our mobile phones now have only emerged in the last ten years – many of us use some of these every single day. We’re talking about your social media outlets like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all of which are under a decade old), but also Wi-Fi, 4G and even the cameras our phones come with now. When digital cameras properly emerged in the early 2000s, a 2-megapixel camera was considered the bee’s knees, the thing to have; nowadays it’s a different story – phones come with far better cameras than that now (the iPhone 5’s camera is 8 megapixels, for example).
However, with all these technological advancements which make life so much easier and are the perfect tool for our busy lives, some of us still can’t get properly organised. In this post we’ll suggest a few apps for both the iPhone and Android models which can help you get your act together and slay the disorganisation dragon once and for all.
1. Google Search
We’ll start here because it’s a rather fundamental one (and that’s putting it lightly). No matter what you do for a living or how good or bad your personal organisation is, you should have Google Search installed on your phone. You love Google, right? Think of all the things you’ve learned instantaneously thanks to a quick look on Google, or a photograph you’ve been able to show a friend right there and then to illustrate a point, or the directions to a building you’d have had trouble finding otherwise. Well, with the Google Search app, it takes all those great features and throws them into one. You can follow your sports teams on it, be tipped off about traffic, and basically be kept up to date with regards to anything you want.
Google Search comes in over 30 languages, meaning that whatever part of the world you’re from or are visiting, you’ll be able to access the same wonderful features in different languages should you need to (switching back and forth is easy).
Continuing the theme of apps which are absolutely free, we move onto the organisation godsend Asana (though it’s worth mentioning now that there’s a more advanced, premium version of this one which you pay a monthly subscription for). It’s widely thought that Asana is exactly what the user makes of it – it can be a straightforward task management app on which users create checklists and so on, or it can be a far more detailed task management platform, which can work together which the programs and tools you already use. You can search through your tasks, add numerous files and images to them, and you can even retrieve files from Dropbox.
For an app which is free (in its standard format), you’ve got nothing to lose by giving Asana a go. You’ll be able to manage both your tasks and your team on the go much better than you could without! It works equally well on both the iPhone and on Android devices (obviously the more up-to-date your phone, the better it will run), so it’s really a very adaptable app which considers all users.
Surely all of us have trouble remembering our passwords sometimes. Very few of us feel safe enough to have the same password for every single account we have – like our social media accounts, our email accounts, our Amazon, eBay and PayPal accounts, and so on. The wise thing to do is have several different ones, so that should one of your accounts get hacked, the others will be safe. However, this presents a little bit of a problem – having so many passwords can be confusing! Don’t worry, though, the eWallet app is your ideal solution.
Though you have to make an initial payment for it, it’s well worth it. Their password protection system is highly sophisticated and it makes logging into websites so much easier.
It provides a seamless and consistently great experience across several platforms and devices – you can use it on your iPhone, your iPad, or if you are an Android user you’ll be able to navigate just as easily. For the small download fee you’ll have to pay, the eWallet is well worth it – it may just save you a lot of time and even prevent you from having to start up new accounts and lose information.
4. Dragon Dictation
Another free app, this facilitates the noting down of ideas without any need to type. This isn’t just in regards to ‘notepad’ type notes – you can draft tweets and emails too! It’s very handy for when you need to remember something later on but don’t have a pen or paper at hand. The drafts it saves are saved on the apps they apply to, which is highly convenient and something most users appreciate (so, for example, a dictated tweet will become a draft tweet straight away, and you won’t have to go through the Dragon Dictation app when you do want to come back to it).
Our last entry is yet another free app, you’ll be glad to hear! You can compose ‘to-do’ items on it (and lists within those of specific tasks), which are easy to navigate and are simply ticked once you’re done. It’s nothing fancy and is probably the least dazzling app on this list, but sometimes a bit of simplicity goes a long way.
This blog was written by Rachel Jensen on behalf of Cloud Technology Solutions.
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