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8 Amazing Smartphone Applications Best Suited for Businessmen

8 Amazing Smartphone Applications Best Suited for Businessmen

It is quite pleasing to know that Apple and Android application stores take care of people from all walks of life. Some applications are developed plainly for passing time and others for some really productive purposes. It’s not wrong to say that searching through these thousands of applications becomes quite a challenge when you are trying to pick one that will stay on your phone for a long time. As you keep trying various applications, you realize that many of them are not developed properly or they are often missing the exact options that you are looking for in the app.

If you look into the productive applications, you will find many that are suited for businessmen and executives. They can help you not only with your day to day work at the office, but many other tasks that can speed up your work. It has always been a wish for smartphone users to be able to check an application before installing it on their phones. The common way of knowing how good applications are is to download them and check them one by one. To help you know some great applications for business use, here is a list of some good ones:

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1. File Expert – File Manager

This application tops the list because it is the most comprehensive and complete application you will find on any application store for managing your files. Not only does it allow you to access your files across all the storage devices out there, such as USB flash drives, hard drives, mobile storage etc. but it also sports the most useful features you will need while browsing the files. It even has its own music player to play your audio files within the application. With File Expert – File Manager, You can edit text files, select batches, shred files, rename batches and access files from most commonly used cloud services etc. all in one place.

2. Memento Database

If you are running a business where you have to maintain a database, this application is going to be a treasure for you. It might seem like a small database from its size but it’s the most comprehensive database you can get in the shape of a mobile application. It allows you to store your contacts on forms whose fields can be completely customized by you. You can then access the stored contacts in an easy-to-view excel sheet format. From there, you can even call the contacts directly as the contacts on the table can be tapped with your finger.

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3. Polaris Office + PDF

If you have a lot of MS Office files that you work on, this is going to be the best application. It also lets you access and save your files in the cloud, but unfortunately, the functionality is much more inferior to what is offered by File Expert – File Manager. This application is best for people who have to work on MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint files every now and then. It also supports the limited editing of PDF files. You may also convert files in various formats to PDF format right on your smartphone using this application.

4. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social network but this particular network is meant only for professionals. This is not a place where you would see teenage boys and girls sharing their feelings about a bad day at school or their grudge against some new pop artist. This is a place where professionals create attractive profiles and make networks with other professionals. You can benefit from LinkedIn in unlimited ways. You can have a network of people who can help you with a job, or find connections that might be interested in starting a business with you.

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5. Google Drive

Google Drive is mainly a cloud service from Google. You can have this service from many other companies as well. What makes Google Drive so attractive is the fact that most people in the world are using Android phones. If you are an Android user then Google drive is the best bet for you in terms of cloud service. It comes packaged with Google Sheets, Docs and Slides. In short, you have access to more like a complete MS Office in the cloud but this one comes from Google and is more optimized for Android users.

6. Evernote

It is hard to describe what Evernote is meant for and what it does. This application has such a huge list of things it does that you could write a book on it. Mainly it is meant for you to take notes, but that’s like measuring the depth of the sea at the shore. You can take notes by writing them manually. You can take notes by taking screenshots or capturing only certain parts of an article. In short, you can take notes in any format you can think of e.g. text, audio, video etc. You can even attach your photos and MS documents with it.

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7. LastPass

The first thing most people have to do when they take up their seats at their workplaces in the morning is to log into many different accounts. A businessman has to log into even more accounts. LastPass is an application meant for storing your passwords in one place. It even acts as a password generator so if you are creating your profiles on various social networking websites for marketing purposes, it is going to help you big time. It even lets you autofill your passwords on the websites you like. In short, it saves you a lot of time to do other important things.

8. RescueTime

Do you think you spend too much time socializing and leave no time for more important stuff? This application will help you save time and use it for more important things. It lets you know which applications you have used for how long. By giving you this breakdown it gives you a clear idea of where you are spending your time. Pay for it, and you will gain access to more amazing features. It can remind you that you are spending too much time on a certain application. Finally, it has the ability to block certain websites you otherwise would get lost on.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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