11 Must-Have Mobile Apps for Productivity

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-02-2014 Email Print this article Print

Given the many hats they wear—tech leader, business influencer, people manager—CIOs are time-challenged these days. Obviously, they're in a very big boat, as this describes a great deal of professionals. (Or even most?) Which means everyone is looking for tools to increase productivity and efficiency. Fortunately, plenty of mobile apps promise to do just that. Demand for these products is soaring, as the collaboration, productivity and process business app market is projected to grow to $50 billion by 2017, which is double what it was worth last year. There is a vast glut of business-productivity apps to choose from, however, so consider this as a list of ones that are highly recommended by experts. They were compiled from a number of online resources, including "Harvard Business Review" and Lifehack.org. Apps on the list cover everything from scheduling meetings to managing calendars to collaborating with teams—and even getting to appointments on time. For more about the "Harvard Business Review" recommendations, click here. For more about Lifehack's, click here.

  • Evernote

    One of the most popular productivity apps, Evernote lets you nimbly take notes, snap photos, scan business cards and write to-do lists, among other tasks.
  • Doodle

    Doodle streamlines the process of scheduling meetings via email, freeing users from endless threads about who's available when.
  • Workflowy

    A self-described "brain-clutter buster," Workflowy organizes the development of ideas and performance of tasks in a manner that replicates the way users naturally think.
  • Focus Lock

    If you're easily (or even not so easily) distracted, Focus Lock will block out certain apps for those time periods when you really need to concentrate.
    Focus Lock
  • Zite

    Zite cuts through the massive sea of content out there by intuitively prioritizing IT industry articles to read, via your own online activities and personal rating preferences.
  • 1Password

    With a single click, 1Password opens your browser, launches a site and fills in your user name and password so you can log in.
  • Due

    As Due's name simply states, this app sends reminders of when you need to get something done, allowing you to set your own "heads up" time (such as 30 minutes from now).
  • HootSuite

    With HootSuite, you can post to all of your social networks at the same time, avoiding the manual tedium of multiple posts.
  • Agenda

    The Agenda calendar app has built-in messaging options so, for example, you can let colleagues and associates know if you're running late.
  • Asana

    TA "teamwork without email" collaborative tool, Asana consolidates conversations with tasks.
  • ETA

    Whenever you have to drive to an appointment, ETA will tell you how long it should take to arrive at your destination given the current traffic conditions.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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