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Must-have iOS Apps for Businesses

Must-have iOS Apps for Businesses

When the iPhone first launched with the iOS platform almost a decade ago, there was hardly any fanfare. Keyboard-enabled PDAs and gadgets ruled the business scene, and iOS-based devices struggled to catch up with those relatively cheaper business devices at the time.

A few years later, however, Apple’s tweaks and improvements turned the iOS platform into one of the most popular areas of interest for app developers. As a result, over 1.5 million iOS applications have been developed for the App Store so far, with some of these providing businesses with the best features for staying productive and organized on-the-go.

This curated list provides an in-depth look at some of the iOS apps that will allow businesses to stay in charge of their affairs – both remotely and behind the desk.

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1. Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is one of the oldest and most popular applications for handling documents, and for good reason. The Office suite incorporates a number of different applications commonly found on desktop versions, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for your presentations. Office also comes with OneNote, which is great for playing around with your business documents from the comfort of your iPhone and iPad.

Microsoft Office allows you to create and edit documents and also integrates cloud functionality to help you share your documents with other users on different platforms, including Mac and Windows PCs.

2. Genius Scan

Genius Scan is a free iOS app that will allow you to create good-looking PDF files from images taken with your iPhone or iPad camera. Genius Scan comes with different features and settings that let you adjust lighting, zoom, and other camera settings to create the best quality images for creating professional PDF files. The PDFs you create can then be shared via email, text, Google Drive, Dropbox, and other cloud-based apps.

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3. Newton Mail

Newton Mail is a useful app developed by CloudMagic that removes the hassle of email management for your business emails. This subscription-based service comes with handy features such as push notifications for most types of emails, including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook/Hotmail, Office 365, iCloud, and any other email accounts configured via IMAP.

Newton also allows you to pull back sent emails before they are read (preventing that huge email blunder before it’s seen), get “read” status for each email, “snooze” incoming emails, and schedule emails to be sent later.

4. Adobe Reader

Another old-schooler, Adobe Reader is an essential PDF tool that most of us can’t really do without. In fact, many device manufacturers and vendors are shipping smartphones with at least the free version of Adobe Reader, which is a testament to its importance. The free version will let you view PDF files, add notes and annotations, and share your PDF files with other users via the cloud. For advanced features, such as PDF conversion and encryption, you will have to upgrade to the annual subscription plan.

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5. Slack

Businesses that work with multiple teams will benefit greatly from Slack. With over 3 million active daily users, Slack enables teams to communicate more effectively via real-time chats, set goals, and manage tasks remotely. Getting Slack on your iPhone and tablet enables you and your team to stay even more productive remotely, and it may well replace your email provider.

6. MailChimp

If you regularly run email campaigns for your business, you might already be aware of the desktop version of MailChimp and its many wonderful abilities. Users around the world use MailChimp to send email newsletters to over 10 billion recipients every month. The iOS version of the app allows users to do the same thing on their smartphones and tablets.

Users can create, edit, and email newsletters, plus use email analytics to check whether emails were received and opened.

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7. Pocket

Pocket is a nifty little app that enables you to save articles for later reading. It can be useful for the average businessperson who wants to catch up on news articles while on the move, especially in areas without Wi-Fi or internet connectivity. You can also save videos and unlock additional features with a monthly subscription, including searching and tagging text within articles.

Conclusion

Having a couple of these apps installed on your iPhone or iPad will go a long way in helping you stay productive and organized in and out of the office. However, with hundreds of thousands of apps listed on the App Store, ensure you only install what you need to reduce distractions and possible bursts of unproductive behavior in the office.

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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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