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.
Challenge: Remembering numerous passwords.
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.
Challenge: Keeping tabs on your spending.
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.
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.
Challenge: Keeping track of to-do lists.
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.
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.
Challenge: Updating social media.
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.