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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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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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