For me, productivity apps are the new gadgets… Just like in the past I’d want to get a new gadget to play with, now I try and play with any new apps that are recommended, as long as the objective is to improve productivity and results. None of them are perfect, and many are BS, but some are REALLY good. Here are my favorites:
- Spike email is an email app that is not well known. Developed by talented Israeli developers, it is my go to communication tool across platforms – on my iPad, desktop and browser.
Todo by Microsoft – I no longer use this app.
- WorkFlowy – I use this app to organize my thoughts and dreams.
- WeChat – Very powerful, very convenient, for dealing with my China suppliers/factories (I am Amazon vendor)
- G6 (for iOS) by Grapevine. I use this for curated posts for DearMishu’s Twitter account. The app suggests keyword (high quality) related posts, which you can select from and auto-schedule (G6 posts on different days and distributes the posts nicely throughout the week).
A note: not all search words work well there, but many do:
- Spark by Adobe – What can I say, I can’t stand Canva, its UI makes me …irritated, up to the point of punching my iPad like tennis players crash their rackets. Spark – on the other hand – for a non-graphic designer but a future artist like me – does the job in a wonderful, convenient way. It suggests sizes, colors, shapes, and has some kind of AI to bring it all together in a great looking post. The results can look very professional! Here are some of my designs there:
- Google Music – that’s where I listen to my music, but more importantly – to my favorite podcasts. Why? Because I’m a T-Mobile subscriber and as such get a free plan to listen to or watch a large number of apps, data free!! Awesome, right? I listen to so many podcasts, all the time, with cell data, for free… at the gym, walking with the dog, hiking, in the car, the shower….
PS/ the podcast section works on Android only.
- Google Maps – I especially like the offline feature – it is brilliant, especially for areas not covered well by your cell provider (here in NC there are plenty of those).
- Pocket – That’s where I store articles that I want to read later. The place I most enjoy reading (or listening to – it’s a new feature) those is around the swimming pool. I don’t think its perfect, though, especially flipping from read to unread articles. I hope Pocket will fix that soon…
NEW: I love the new Pocket feature where I can LISTEN to all articles, so in a way I am compiling a podcast from all these saved articles!
- Google Keep – this well known notes tool has soooooo much potential!! It’s raw, it’s colorful, it’s super fun, it has a built-in image scanner function (at conferences I often scan new business cards into it and then click on “grab text” and so I have the card photo AND the exact card text (e.g. email address) all on it. Is it perfect? It’s not…because for some reason Google did not implement a powerful search capability there. Google, can you f*** believe it??
- SwiftKey keyboard – is implemented on my phones and iPad. I love the “clipboard” function – where you can insert templates and then right from the keypad select the them – it saves so much time!! Also I believe a lot of AI will come from that virtual keyboard because Microsoft AI and cloud team is integrating things there, big time.
- Thank you, developers, for making all of this wonderful app activity happen!! I hope you enjoyed my recommended business and productivity apps for 2019!