Top 5 Free Productivity Apps for your Apple iPhone
EverNote is a free app designed to help you stay organised in the form of your very own digital notebook, and is often referred to as an “external brain”, with the ability to store anything and everything in one easily-searchable location. With EverNote, you can add text, images, audio, scanned docs, files and more to your digital ‘notebook’ and sync the information across all your devices – whether that be your boarding pass, receipt, article to read, to do list or simply a typed note.
IF (formerly known as IFTTT) is a free web service and mobile app that allows you to automate web-based tasks – following the principle of ‘If This, Then That”. With IF, you can activate and connect your channels such as Facebook, Dropbox, Gmail and more, using IFTTT ‘recipes’. For example a popular recipe is ‘If you post a photo on Instagram Then share it on Twitter’, allowing you to automate your social media activity – and ensure your content is spread across all your networks in a consistent and timely fashion.
The DO app is also developed by IFTTT, and expands the current functionality of IF, so you can automate even more actions and thus take productivity on your mobile device even further. While IF allows you to run recipes in the background that are triggered automatically, DO needs you to take a specific action – usually via the push of a button – to initiate a task. These ‘buttons’ can be personalised by you with just a tap, and can appear in widget form. Examples include “Create a note logging a map image of your location” which automatically creates an Evernote note that maps your location, useful when parking in unfamiliar areas, “On the way home? Let someone know,” sends a Gmail message to your selected recipient letting them know you’re heading back and where you are – a feature that could also be used to inform colleagues of your whereabouts between meetings and the office.
4) Offline Reader
Offline Reader is a free app that allows you to read your favourite web pages – even when there is no continuous internet connectivity. The software’s built-in browser allows one-tap saving of entire web pages, while the Safari “Reader” reformats them for easier reading by removing any annoying ads or other visual distractions. Offline Reader is a fantastic tool if you find yourself spending time away from that all important internet connection but still need access to specific pages.
5) Asana: Team Tasks & Conversations
Asana is a free app that removes the hassle of muddling through multiple email threads by putting your team’s project management and communications all in one place. With Asana, you can create projects, assign tasks to individuals, set deadlines, comments, requests and more. You can easily look up who is supposed to do what, check what’s already been done, share ideas, comments, and efficiently communicate with a team of up to 15 people for free, via your iPhone or in the Web App.