4 Productivity Apps You Can’t Ignore

Jul 11, 2014 | Apps, Productivity

Every minute is essential in the business world. As Benjamin Franklin put it, “You may delay, but time will not.” Business owners are constantly searching for ways to increase productivity. We can find hundreds of different ways to waste time, and one of the largest contributors can be app shopping. Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store both have over one million choices. Talk about distractions! However, rarely does one consider the fact that, sometimes, the answer to the problem is within the problem itself. 

Within those one million distracting apps lie many that can improve productivity. After collaborating with my co-workers, I developed this list of four applications that are great for productivity:

1. Evernote (Free/$10 per month option for premium)


Evernote is a more than just another note-taking application. You can sync your notes across all of your devices, take and attach photos, and create reminders or to-do lists. It also allows you to take handwritten notes. Evernote was preferred by more of my co-workers than any other app, and for good reason.

2. CloudOn (Free)

CloudOn enables you to use PowerPoint, Excel, and Word to create or edit documents from your phone or tablet. The app also allows you to sync with your Google Drive, SkyDrive, or Dropbox accounts. It even lets you email your documents directly from your phone or tablet.

3. Mailbox (Free)


Mailbox may be the easiest and quickest way to clean up a cluttered inbox. The interface is easy to use, and deleting or archiving emails can be done with a simple swipe. The app is also integrated with Dropbox, allowing you to attach files as you write emails.

4. Skype (Free/some paid options)

Skype is a free video chat service offered for your desktop or mobile device. This app allows those out of the office to still be a part of meetings without missing a thing. These calls can be made for free from anywhere in the world. Plus, you can even make calls from a gaming system or smart TV.

*Honorable Mentions: Dropbox, Insightly, Clear (iOS only), Wunderlist, and Invision.

Hundreds of apps could have made this list. Which ones have you found to be effective at improving productivity?

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