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Apps To Help You Get Organized

Apps To Help You Get Organized

Considering how popular mobile devices have become, it’s no surprise there are a slew of apps to help you get organized. But with each app claiming to be the best, it’s hard to know which ones are really worth downloading. If you’re facing this challenge, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s a rundown of the most common organizational challenges and which apps can help you tackle them.

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Challenge: Remembering numerous passwords.
Solution: 1Password

Passwords are necessary to help protect your information, but good ones can be hard to remember. If you’re tired of jotting everything down on a piece of paper — which is neither secure nor efficient — make 1Password the first app you download from this list.

An online password manager, 1Password protects your digital world behind one password that only you know. In addition to storing all of your login information, the app also keeps other sensitive data, like credit card numbers, bank accounts, and social security numbers safe, yet easily accessible.

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Challenge: Keeping tabs on your spending.
Solution: Mint

Managing a budget can be tricky, but it’s a fundamental component of an organized life. Thankfully, there’s Mint — a free, all-inclusive money management app. Mint syncs to your bank and credit card accounts, generating graphics to show you where you spend your money. It allows you to set savings goals and budgets, and alerts you if you approach your pre-set spending limit. On top of all this, Mint provides free credit score information and sends you weekly updates on your financial activity.

Challenge: Managing multiple calendars.
Solution: Sunrise

Keeping an updated calendar is one of the secrets to smart time management. However, all too often people make the mistake of using more than one calendar, which can cause confusion and scheduling conflicts. If this problem sounds familiar, try Sunrise. The app offers a clutter-free interface that’s easy to master. It also uses small icons to represent your appointments and activities, so you know at a glance what’s on your agenda. For added convenience, Sunrise connects with apps like Facebook, Trello, and Evernote. Plus, it syncs between your phone, tablet, and computer, so you can be confident your schedule is always up-to-date.

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Challenge: Keeping track of to-do lists.
Solution: Wunderlist

Right up there with calendars, to-do lists are a key element of organization — but paper to-do lists are easily lost or forgotten. Get the Wunderlist app and you’ll never have that problem again. Whether you’re planning a party or a board meeting, Wunderlist can help you organize your list of tasks, assign to-dos to other users, and set due dates and reminders. Wunderlist also allows you to add anything from the web right to your app and prints your to-do list with just one tap.

Challenge: Wasting less time shopping.
Solution: AnyList

The key to saving time and money at the store is an organized grocery list — and of course, there’s an app to help with that: AnyList. AnyList is easy to use, and it’s especially helpful for busy families. The app allows multiple users to add items to a single list, either manually or with the help of Siri, and then it automatically groups items by category. These features save you the hassle of compiling several lists, help prevent extra trips to the store, and expedites your shopping experience. AnyList also offers location-based reminders, so you won’t forget to pick up your prescription the next time you pass by the pharmacy.

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Challenge: Updating social media.
Solution: Everypost

Whether you use social media for work, pleasure, or both, juggling all of your accounts can be overwhelming without an app like Everypost. This handy organizational tool allows you to post content to multiple social platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more — all at the same time, with proper, platform-specific customization. Everypost also lets you create posts and schedule them to be sent to your various social media outlets at a later time.

Challenge: Making the most of your downtime.
Solution: TV Forecast

Once you’re better organized, you’ll have time to catch up on all of your favorite shows. To help you stay on top of your television viewing, TV Forecast provides current, previous, and upcoming episode listings, and it notifies you when your show is about to air. You can also use the app to bookmark the episode you watched last, so you don’t waste time figuring out where you left off. Plus, if your pay TV provider offers live app-based content, you can use TV Forecast to better plan your streaming.

Download a few of the apps highlighted here, and give them a try. Be patient — if one app doesn’t work out for you, choose another. You might be surprised how easy it is to get (and stay) organized with the help of an app.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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