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Apps to Unwrap Your Productivity

By Jessica Brown

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Our smart phones are there to – well – make us smarter. While they can be a distraction with games and text messages, they also have the potential to help us structure our lives and be better planners.

Here are a few of my favorite apps to stay connected, organized, and efficient:


EvernoteEvernote – I use Evernote for everything – from taking notes in meetings to writing down my grocery list.  Evernote allows you to collect notes, photos, and lists in one simple place, organized in notebooks, to be accessed on a desktop, tablet, or phone. I can make a list of blog ideas while I’m sitting in traffic and then bring them up at my desk at work.


DropboxDropbox – Dropbox is a great way to store files and access them whenever you need them. I use Dropbox as my go-to cloud storage service on my laptop, and I love that I can access my files from anywhere with the app, also. Dropbox also allows you to share files and folders with other users, fixing the pesky problem of files being too large to email.


Camera+Camera+ – Sometimes a photo you take on your phone just isn’t what you’d like it to be. When it comes to cropping photos, adding effects and borders and other simple editing tools, I love using Camera+. It helps if you want to post a picture to Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ when you’re not at your computer, or just for use in your free time (if you ever get any of that.)


Card MunchCard Munch – This neat little app, created by LinkedIn, allows you to submit a photo of a contact’s business card, transcribes the card and then hunts them down on LinkedIn so that you can easily connect. You can also save their information to your phone book, saving you time and streamlining the process of networking.


Facebook PagesPages – Social media never stops. That’s why it’s sometimes nice to be able to check your social media profiles on the go or after hours. If you manage a Facebook page, the Pages app lets you update, reply, view new likes, and access your analytics. Combined with apps like Twitter, Google +, and LinkedIn, you can manage all of your networks wherever you go.