Top 10 Apps For Busy People

apps-for-busy-peopleAs a parent, startup entrepreneur and hack triathlete, one thing I can’t afford is wasted time. Most of us can’t these days. We simply don’t have enough of it spare in any given day. That’s why the bulk of the apps on my phone help me maximise my use of the most precious resource on the planet, time. ¬†Here’s my top 10 apps for busy people.

1. Due: Due is a multi-alarm, reminder app that I simply cannot live without. Anything that I need a buzz, beep or vibrate to remind me about, Due does it for me. Whether it’s to take the bins out on Tuesday or to make sure I remember to take dinner off the stove.

2. Things: Things is the most expensive app I’ve ever bought. It may be the most expensive app ever, but it’s worth every cent to me. It’s my work based Due. It records tasks & projects and the like and makes sure I never forget a single one. It’s not cheap, but it allows you to kiss your paper-based to-do list goodbye.

3. Reminders: I know, I know, yet another productivity app. Reminders is handy for me to make personal things to do lists. The best part of this app is that it can be synced and shared across iCloud for free. We use it for grocery lists, home projects, etc.

4. Evernote: This app barely needs an intro these days does it. Evernote is an awesome web tool with app access for saving things to read, recipes, etc. I can search for and bring up a recipe in our kitchen from my phone, iPad, etc and cook up a storm, get inspiration, etc all in a few seconds.

5. Facebook: No intros required here either I’d say. Like about a billion other folks on the planet, I use Facebook and I’d burn quite a bit of time in this app. Messenger is quite helpful too actually.

6. Facebook pages¬†(iPhone only): This is probably the worst app on the planet, but currently it’s my only way to look in on what is happening on my business’s fan page. This app sucks in so many ways it’s not funny, but I still use it dozens of times a day. Check a forum or it’s iTunes reviews for full explanation. Don’t worry most people feel the same way I do.

7. Buffer: This app doesn’t suck. In fact it’s the exact opposite. Bufferapp is a web based content curation tool. It allows collection and scheduling of social media posts. The mobile app allows me to do all kinds of cool stuff to the 10 or so social media streams it manages for me. I can even add content I find while on my smartphone to my social media streams on the web. Pretty cool huh.

8. Mailchimp: For the most part this app is pretty useless, but it does let me see what my newsletters and email content looks like on a mobile phone. This is pretty helpful because a good proportion of users open emails on smartphones these day.

9. Smartr: This is a recent addition to my phone. It’s kind of like a contact amalgamation tool. You give it all the locations of your contacts i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, etc and it puts them all in one place. Cool on it’s own, but it also looks for more detail on each i.e. Facebook and Twitter handles, extra phone numbers including mobiles, email addresses, etc. Cool hey!

10. Camcard: The oldest and probably most low tech app on my phone, but it works and I use it all the time. It takes a photo of any business cards you receive and takes the data to make up a contact. Simple to use and it seems to work better and better all the time. I often take a business from a contact, scan it into Camcard and hand it straight back.

There you have it. 10 cool apps to help even the busiest people stay on top of things. I hope you like them.


Leigh Grigaliunas

Leigh is an owner and co-founder of School Hours Pty Ltd.Leigh's passion for helping others coupled with his desire to achieve a balance between raising children and earning a living, lead him to create School Hours Pty Ltd with his wife Yasmin.School Hours will be the place to go for Australian parents wanting to connect with progressive thinking, family friendly employers.

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