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10 Apps That Will Turn Your Android into the Ultimate Business Machine

10 Apps That Will Turn Your Android into the Ultimate Business Machine


    Blackberrys were the default business device until the iPhone came about. Many companies adopted the iPhone because of it’s better web browsing and apps were way more plentiful than on the Blackberry devices.

    However, companies still seem overlook Android devices.

    Android phones can be fully customized with any number of applications to turn your Android into the ultimate business machine.

    Here are 10 applications to get you started:

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    1. Business Calendar

    Half of the battle is won by showing up on time. Business Calendar for Android allows you to manage multiple Google Calendars just like Google’s own web interface. In the Month View, you can easily show and hide calendars from the main window. To change from Month to Week View, simply swipe your finger over that week. Need to see more — or less — than a week? Use the slider at the bottome of the screen to show anywhere from 1-14 days.

    Download Business Calendar

    2. Evernote

    Evernote has become one of the most powerful business tools for anyone who wants to remember and organize anything. Evernote is adaptable to the GTD methodology or pretty much any method you’d like to use. Using Evernote for Android will allow for voice-to-text notes and voice notes. Scanning business cards saves you from losing them after any networking meetings you may have.

    Download Evernote

    3. Task N Todos

    Task N Todos is the easiest task manager for Android. The clean and simple layout, coupled with the All Tasks list and the Summary tasks list, makes Task N Todos much easier to manage multiple lists than on the web-based Google Tasks.

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    Download Task N Todos

    4. LastPass

    LastPass is a ray of light in what can only be described as the horrible world of passwords. With extensions for every major desktop browser and the premium option to use LastPass on your Android, there is no reason to have lame (or easy to guess) passwords any longer.

    Download LastPass

    5. SMS Backup+

    So many people are using text messaging for business these days, so it’s really important to be able to save these SMS conversations. SMS Backup+ will save your text and picture messages, along with your call log to your Gmail account. If you’d like, your call log can also be displayed on your Google Calendar. Having your call log here is great when you want to track sales calls.

    Download SMS Backup+

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    6. Dropbox

    Dropbox offers several great benefits for Android users. Instantly uploading images and videos taken from your camera can be a lifesaver if your device gets lost or malfunctions. You will also have access to all of the files stored in your Dropbox folders, meaning you will always be “in sync” no matter where you are.

    Download Dropbox

    7. Skype

    Whether you have a Skype number or just make Skype to Skype calls, SMS and video chats, having Skype on your Android is an essential business tool. (That said, unless you have a fast network and fast device, video chatting can be a little choppy at times.)

    Download Skype

    8. Call Reminder Notes

    Call Reminder Notes is the perfect app for remembering information you’d like to talk to someone about. Set a reminder to “Call Dave at 3:30 on Tuesday” and add notes about why you need to talk to him. If the information isn’t urgent, you can also add in a note to pop-up the next time you talk to him.

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    Download Call Reminder Notes

    9. Google Voice

    Google Voice is a great option if you want to have more than one phone number going to your Android phone, and even more ideal for anyone looking to keep their personal and business lives totally separate. Think of it as a customizable voicemail service. Contacts can be grouped and a voicemail greeting can be recorded just for them.The voicemails are transcribed and emailed, texted or displayed in the Google Voice Android app. With Google Voice, you have the ability to text message and make calls using either your Google Voice number or your normal cell phone number.

    Download Google Voice

    10. Pomodroid

    One of the hardest tasks when working while mobile is the greater level of distraction. Pomodroid is an app based on The Pomodoro Technique. The basic idea is to work on one task for 25 minutes then take a short break. Pomodroid is a timer to help you keep track of your time — and your breaks.

    Download Pomodroid

    (Photo credit: Young Businessman on Tablet via Shutterstock)

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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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