Staying on top of things at work isn’t always easy. There are distractions and disorganization that can get you overwhelmed or off-track. The worst way to end a day is feeling like you didn’t get as much done as you wish you had. We have generated a list of some of the top organization-oriented apps to help you through your workday.
Take a look at some tools for getting organized at work.
Top Apps: Getting Organized At Work
Check off your to-do list with Awesome Note
This app is perfect for the Type A and the Type-A-in-training alike. Awesome Note (+To Do) is not a free app, but it’s worth the price. The current version is Awesome Note 2, and it costs $3.99. It’s an iOS app for notes and to-do lists that features graphics and a high level of versatility. When you open the app, it offers visual appeal, complete with color-coded lists and calendars that you can organize and rearrange yourself. Pick your own backgrounds, colors and fonts to style your lists to your liking, and then set alarms for specific to-dos and calendar events.
Save your notes & information in one place: Evernote
Evernote is a great (and free) app for getting organized at work, as it allows you to create and edit your own files both in and out of the application. There’s a desktop button you can also install so it is always accessible. Whether you want to save a PDF of the article you’re reading or import documents and notes you need. The app is searchable and comes with top-notch organization, so you won’t have trouble finding your files. If you plan on importing files often, you might consider the newer Evernote Scannable (for iOS only), where you can scan in notes, documents and papers by taking photos from your smartphone or tablet.
Curb distractions thanks to RescueTime
When you’re not paying attention to how many times you check Facebook or watch animal videos on YouTube throughout the workday, distractions can pile up and set you back. RescueTime is a desktop program that records how much time you spend on everything from Excel spreadsheets to checking your bank accounts online to unrelated distractions (like social media). Each time you switch to a new window, RescueTime resets the clock but keeps a running tally that makes a comprehensive picture of how you use your time online.
The following day, you can check out tables and graphs that display exactly how you’ve utilized your time (and where). The app can even pinpoint your most productive days of the week as well as times. Up to this point, the program is free — but there is also a paid version that can automatically block certain sites for the amount of time you specify, in order to help you focus on your priorities. Over time, you can grow better at resisting temptation and managing your time without a digital watchdog.
Propel toward success visualized with Mindnode
Mind-mapping is a great way to brainstorm fresh ideas and arrange your thoughts visually. Mindnode organizes concepts and tasks in a colorful web that somewhat resembles a public transit map.
These visual networks supposedly mimic the way our brains work, making it easier to find connections and insert new ideas. In this app, you begin a mind map by typing your overall goal in the middle of a blank screen. You then add connections, write notes and pinpoint smaller things that must be completed.
Mindnode’s canvas grows automatically to allow for even the most exhaustive projects, like planning a wedding. Also, the Mac desktop version lets you embed pictures and documents next to your ideas.
Keep your passwords organized in LastPass
How many times have you had to dig up the password to a site you frequent, or you forget it and have to set up another one through email? It’s incredibly frustrating. Luckily, there’s a free app that stores all your passwords for websites and applications, called LastPass. It stores everything from email to social media to bank accounts in a single place. Don’t worry about security; the app itself is password-protected. Just remember that password to gain access.
Getting organized at work has never been so simple. Right at your fingertips lies a wealth of options to boost your productivity — so make this year your most successful yet.