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14 Apps You Need to Work On the Road

14 Apps You Need to Work On the Road

As if running a business wasn’t hard enough, some of us must do it while traveling. Some others are “digital nomads” by choice. Whatever the reason, not being at your desk isn’t an excuse not to be productive. In fact, you can work on the road right from your smartphone with the right apps.

Below are the 14 apps you can use to be productive from anywhere in the world.

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1. Wi-Fi Finder: Wi-Fi Finder does exactly what you think. It finds Wi-Fi hotspots anywhere in the world. Filter the results by free/paid, provider, and venue type to find the perfect work spot.

    2. Skype: If you’re traveling out of the country, Skype is indispensable. Using Skype is a great way to stay in touch with your colleagues and business contacts for pennies per minute regardless of where you are.

      3. Gmail: You do use Gmail as your email client, right? Gmail is still the best tool for managing your email workflow. Despite some early criticism, the Gmail app for iOS is actually quite good.

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        Bring Your Files with You

        4. Dropbox: The Dropbox app is the best way to bring your files with you. Everything is synced automatically so when you open it, you magically have all of the files from your desktop Dropbox folder available. This app is a great way to share docs and presentations when traveling to meetings.

          5. Google Drive: Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) is the other half of the file storage equation. While Dropbox is great for storing files from ppt to doc to jpg, Google Drive is for storing collaborative files in the cloud. If you’ll be working with someone else on the file, create it in Google Drive. You’ll still have access to the files from your phone plus you can edit them from the app.

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            6. Trello: Trello is one of my favorite desktop apps. Now you can use this excellent (and free) task management app from your phone. Trello lets you visually organize your projects and tasks. It’s flexible enough that you can build your workflow however you want. Categorize everything by status, project, type of task… you name it.

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              7. Clear: While Trello is great at managing large projects and workflow, sometimes you need a quick to-do list just for today’s tasks. Clear is the simple and beautiful answer. Just pull your list down to add a new item then swipe it away when you’re done.

                8. Evernote: Across every platform, Evernote is indispensable. Evernote helps you “remember” anything by clipping it into a virtual notebook. Need to jot down a reminder for later or snap a picture of a new contact’s business card? Evernote easily handles either case.

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                  9. Twitter: With Twitter cracking down on third-party developers, you’re better off sticking with their official app. The Twitter app even lets you manage multiple accounts, which is great for business owners who also have a personal account.

                    10. Facebook Pages Manager: Facebook has been creating more specialized apps like Messenger and Camera. Now they’ve created one for Page owners called Facebook Page Manager. Use it to update your status and replies to comments right from your phone.

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                      11. Google+: Somebody uses it, right? Maybe that somebody is you.

                        12. LinkedIn: The LinkedIn app is a no-brainer for any business-minded traveler. Rather than collecting a business card that you’ll lose or throw away, just add your new contact on LinkedIn right when you meet.

                          Get Your Favorite Web Apps on Your Phone

                          Here are two more great apps that you might be able to use. If you use either web app, you’ll definitely want to download the smartphone app.

                          13. Freshbooks: Freshbooks is a great service for consultants, freelancers, and independent contractors. Use it to track your time, manage expenses, and invoice clients.

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                            14. Shopify: If you own an e-commerce store, Shopify is an excellent platform. If you own a Shopify store, download their app to monitor and manage your sales on the go.

                              Do you have anything to add? What are your favorite apps for working from the road?

                              Featured photo credit:  Work on the road, Driving a car at night via Shutterstock

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                              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                              40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2018 Updated)

                              Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                              There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                              Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                              It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                              Productivity apps to help you get things done

                              1. OmniFocus

                              This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                              Download it here.

                                2. Forest

                                Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                Download it here.

                                  3. Things

                                  Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                  Download it here.

                                    4. 30/30

                                    Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                    , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                    Download it here.

                                      5. Any.Do

                                      A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                      Download it here.

                                        6. PocketLife Calendar

                                        This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                        Download it here.

                                          7. Asana

                                          We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                          , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                          Download it here.

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                                            8. ToDoist

                                            This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                            Download it here.

                                              9. FlowTasks

                                              From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                              Download it here.

                                                10. Calendars 5

                                                This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                  A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    12. Due

                                                    A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      13. Checkmark 2

                                                      I use this app

                                                      for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        14. TeuxDeux

                                                        Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          15. Wunderlist 

                                                          Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                          Download it here.

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                                                            16. Nirvana

                                                            For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              17. Priorities

                                                              An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                              Download it here.

                                                                Productivity apps that help you build habits

                                                                18. Productive

                                                                With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                  You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    20. Streaks

                                                                    This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      21. Remember The Milk

                                                                      Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        22. Day One Journal

                                                                        When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          Productivity apps that makes organization easy

                                                                          23. Evernote

                                                                          Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            24. Pocket

                                                                            You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                            Download it here.

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                                                                              25. Sync.Me

                                                                              This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                26. Droplr

                                                                                One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                  27. Dropbox

                                                                                  Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    28. iDolly 

                                                                                    In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                    Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      29. Soulver

                                                                                      It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        Productivity apps that help you work smart

                                                                                        30. Captio

                                                                                        A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          31. Drafts

                                                                                          A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                            This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                            Download it here.

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                                                                                              33. Doodle

                                                                                              This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                  35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                  A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    36. GoodReader

                                                                                                    This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                      Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        Productivity apps that improve security

                                                                                                        38. 1Password

                                                                                                        There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                          You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                          All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            40. Truecallers

                                                                                                            Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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