Posted: Sep 16, 2013 11:00 AM
Your to-do list is a mile long and the clock is ticking. Don't stress about how you are going to get it all done. Instead, let these top productivity apps help you manage your time and your to-do list with ease.


Evernote app iconEvernote is by far the most popular productivity app there is on the market and it has been recommended by sites such as Mashable and The New York Times. With this one app, you can take and store notes, organize recipes, manage your finances, create to-do lists and even snap photos. Evernote can be synced across multiple devices so what you save on your laptop can be accessed on your phone and vice versa.

I love how much can be done in Evernote and that it works on all devices. The downside? To get some of the features you have to sign up for the premium version which requires a subscription. It's fairly inexpensive to pay for with monthly and yearly options so if you're going to use the app a lot, it might be worth it.

Get it^ Evernote is available for free in iTunes and Google Play.


Any.DO app iconAny.Do doesn't have all the bells and whistles like Evernote, but it is a really great to-do list app. It auto-suggests activities as you type to save you time, or speak into the microphone for almost hands-free use. Reminders can be set for time or place and lists can be shared with friends and family making collaboration a breeze. View tasks by date, on a calendar or by folder — whatever works best for you.

One of my favorite features of Any.DO is Any.DO Moment which helps you plan your day and has fun greetings like "Good day Princess." The app takes a few minutes to figure out so it's not quite as intuitive as I would like, but once you get it, you're ready to go.

Get it^Any.DO is available for free in iTunes and Google Play.


CloudOn app iconFor those who work on the go frequently, CloudOn is the app for you. It allows you to create, edit and review Microsoft Word, Office and PowerPoint documents directly from your phone and tablet devices. The app works with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and SkyDrive accounts and almost all file types can be opened including PDF, JPG and PNG. If that's not enough for you, files can be emailed directly from the app and it automatically saves changes so you don't lose your work.

As a work-at-home mom who uses Word and Excel frequently, I love this app. My one complaint would be that it is sometimes a little slow to load the documents but that's easily forgiven once you realize how much you can do with CloudOn.

Get it^CloudOn is available for free in iTunes and Google Play.


Dropbox app has been my go-to site for file storage and sharing for many years. It was made even better with the Dropbox mobile app. Everything saved in your Dropbox account can be accessed from your mobile devices after logging in. Files can be shared via email, text, Facebook and Twitter directly from the app or you can print them using an AirPlay compatible printer. If you know you're going to be offline, save documents you might need to your favorites so you can still access them.

Since I store a lot of files in my Dropbox account, I like that I can access them on the go. I don't like that I can't make changes to the files from the Dropbox app but the CloudOn app takes care of that. There are also similar apps for Google Drive and SkyDrive if you use those instead of Dropbox.

Get it^Dropbox is available for free in iTunes and Google Play.


Mailbox app iconStaying on top of your many Gmail accounts is important. With the Mailbox app, you can do just that. It was designed specifically for mobile devices and is said to "put email in its place." With functions like quick swipes for trash, snoozing of emails you need to take care of later and Dropbox integration, it does just what it promises plus helps you get an empty inbox.

This app makes it easy for me to manage my four Gmail accounts; however, I do wish that it worked with other email account providers, too. Maybe that will happen one day in the future.

Get it^Mailbox is available for free in iTunes.


OfficeTime app iconOfficeTime is a time and expenses tracking app that was designed specifically for freelancers and those who work on small teams. Multiple times and various rates can be tracked by project and category. The time runs in the background so you can continue using your mobile device as normal. There is also a report feature that allows you to see time spent daily, weekly, monthly or all.

As a freelancer, I like that the app is fairly easy to use for tracking the time I spend on various projects with different clients. The pro version offers a few more features but it's highly unlikely I would spend $8 to upgrade — although there is no monthly fee after upgrading so that is a bonus.

Get it^OfficeTime is available for free in iTunes. Office Time pro is also available for $8 in iTunes.

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