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10 Apps For Professionals To Easily Stay Organized

10 Apps For Professionals To Easily Stay Organized

There are times when we get so disorganized that getting everything done seems overwhelming. This is something that happens to all of us, and it is something that we can avoid if we are using the right tools. For instance, if you are trying to get more organized at your job, you can use one of these ten apps to help:

1. Casual

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    This is an awesome visual app that helps you organize your to-dos and projects. It has a drag and drop interface, can link tasks in dependencies, task groups within projects, and gives you a sweet bird-eye view of the projects you are working on, as well as what is currently due. There are many features that give you a good view of how tasks can be grouped together, and how to get one thing done before moving on to the next.

    2. UberConference

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    Uberconference

      This app allows you to make conference calls without spending a lot of money. Membership is free, and you can start out with a maximum of five people per call. As you link your social media accounts, more people can join in the conversation, to a maximum of 17. The app makes it a lot easier to organize and hold conference calls.

      3. Things

      Things

        This tool breaks down big projects into smaller tasks, making it easier to get them done. You can use the program on your iPhone, iPad, or computer. The cost for this app is $50 for Mac users, $20 for iPad users, and $10 for iPhone users. Set time limits for projects, group tasks together, and more, and get more organized in your professional life.

        4. Tripit

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        tripit

          This is a great app for those who travel a lot. All of your travel information can be forwarded to [email protected], and you can get a complete itinerary for your trip. You can focus on the trip, and not the actual traveling.

          5. Freckle

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            For just $19 per month, you can use Freckle to enter all details of how you and your employees spend your time at work. You can input projects, and how long you are working on the projects. Create time and budget breakdowns for everyone who is involved with the job. You can also have activity graphs, as well as summaries of hours, both billable and non-billable.

            6. Sqwiggle

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            sqwiggle

              Sqwiggle is a video chat tool, it helps you stay in touch with your colleagues when you’re working remotely. Sqwiggle takes a screenshot of you every few seconds so your team can see what you’re doing, and just by clicking on another person you can join a quick conversation with them.

              7. Mindnode 

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                This is a great tool for brainstorming ideas and visually placing information so everyone can see what is going on. This isn’t just another list of items. By the time you are done, all of the concepts and tasks you list will be placed on something that looks like a map you would see in a public transit system. The mind maps can be shared between Mac and iPad apps, which cost $20 and $10, respectively.

                8. RescueTime

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                Rescue

                  Have you ever wondered exactly how much time you spend on various websites and doing other activities on your computer? You can find out when you use RescueTime, with a free membership, and a paid version for $6 per month. This app is for Macs and PC’s, and it will record how much time you spend on everything you do while working on your computer. If you opt for the paid version, you can actually set things up to block websites that distract you from your work.

                  9. CalenGoo

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                    This free Google Calendar lets you schedule everything, from meetings to projects and more. Everyone involved can also make entries. You can also use the private diaries to plan every aspect in your life for many weeks at a time.

                    10. Scanner Pro

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                      When you jot down notes, they often get lost. This app allows you to use your iPhone and iPad as portable scanners. You can scan your notes, so they never get lost.

                      Featured photo credit: Jodimichelle via flickr.com

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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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