Top 10 apps to boost workplace productivity
Your phone is good for a lot more than just talking and texting – with the right apps, it can make your workday a lot easier. The following apps will help you keep in touch with colleagues, stay organized, and work on the go.
1. Google Docs: Android, iOS
If you use Google Docs for word processing or to share drafts, you’ll want this app. It gives you access to the same documents you have on your desktop or laptop, so you can pull them up wherever you are. As a result, you can collaborate remotely and update your work at any time.
2. Tiny Scanner: Android, iOS
This app allows you to take a picture and turn that image into a PDF, which you can then save, email, or share with coworkers. You can instantly create digital copies of any document, without having to wait until you find a copy machine.
3. QR Code Reader: Android or QR Reader: iOS
QR codes are used to convey information – just scan the code with your phone’s camera and one of these readers, and you’ll receive the relevant details. These apps are especially useful if you work in purchasing on marketing because QR codes abound in ads, promotional materials, and product tracking.
4. Waze: Android, iOS
A good navigation app can help you get to meetings on time, find your way in an unfamiliar city, or just survive your daily commute. Waze provides GPS and real-time traffic information. It also gives you alternate routes to avoid delays and estimates of arrival times.
5. Todoist: Android, iOS
Keep track of multiple projects simultaneously with this to-do list app, which allows you to sort tasks by priority so you can get the most essential steps done first. You can set recurring reminders for tasks you need to repeat; you can also chart your progress toward your goals.
6. Evernote: Android, iOS
Evernote is great for research, brainstorming, and any time you need to collect ideas and organize them. It gives you a central place to save documents and images, rearrange information into outlines, and search your collections.
7. Skype for Business: Android, iOS
If you ever need to communicate with coworkers in different offices, or if you or your colleagues need to be in touch while traveling, Skype for Business is a good tool for video conferencing. You can organize contacts, schedule and join calls, and record sessions if you want to skip written notes.
8. Slack: Android, iOS
For times when you want to communicate through text, Slack helps you keep in touch with team members and make sure that everyone receives the information they need. It’s easy to categorize messages so that some messages go out to all your colleagues, some go only to those working on a specific project, and others go to a particular person. Slack puts an end to awkward email lists and reply-alls.
9. Microsoft PowerPoint: Android, iOS
You probably create presentations in PowerPoint, which means it’s a good idea to add this app to your phone. Then you’re always able to make last-minute changes to a meeting agenda or training program, or to preview slides and rehearse a talk.
10. CamCard: Android, iOS
Do you ever misplace the business cards you get at conferences or vendor meetings? You can stop holding on to physical cards when you install CamCard, which lets you take a picture of a card and integrate the information into your contacts. You can also go paperless and share ecards.