In the age of technology, it’s now even easier to be productive. Productivity has been something that I struggle with, especially since starting college. I’m naturally a very organized person, but I am also a professional procrastinator. Fortunately, since discovering the magic of an iPad Pro, I’m now even more motivated to be a productive individual. Whether it’s for my assignments, my side hustle, or my personal life, these eight apps are making my life just a little bit easier.
1. Google Calendar
Since discovering Google Calendar, I’ve all but thrown away my old paper planners. Not only is Google Calendar super functional with layout and style, but it’s downloadable as an app on all of my devices. I can easily access it on my computer as well as my phone and my iPad. I can set reminders too so that I don’t forget to do important things like pay bills or make appointments.
Wunderlist is a list making app that synchronizes itself across all of my devices so I can check my to-do list wherever I am. I like how it allows me to make separate lists for things as well. Its simple design makes it functional on any device, too. Plus, I love the satisfying dinging sound it makes whenever I check something off of my list!
3. Paper by FiftyThree
This is the app that has truly replaced paper for me. Its free version allows you to do so much that there’s almost no need to buy the paid version. I’m able to upload my own documents (like calendar templates for instance), blend colors, and use different writing utensils. The app is also super sensitive to touch when using an Apple Pencil so it’s just like writing on actual paper with an actual pen!
Since getting my iPad Pro, I have fallen in love with Notability! This is the perfect app for students, but I use it for more than just school too. I also use it to keep track of my LipSense invoices and Print & Release forms for my photography. The best feature of this app, though, is that I can easily import and edit PDFs and documents from other websites! Besides the previous, other features include various pen and highlighter types, different types of paper (i.e. lined, graphed, blank, etc.), cutting and pasting tools, and recording capabilities.
5. Google Drive
Google Drive needs no introduction, but it’s still an incredibly useful app (not to mention apps like Notability allow you to backup your files to Google Drive). Having Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Slides on my iPad allow me to easily have safe and secure documents and projects just a click away.
Bettr is a great app for social media influencers or entrepreneurs like myself who need to be posting on Instagram regularly, but don’t have the time to be randomly posting pictures throughout the day. The Bettr app allows me to schedule Instagram posts in advance, choosing how I want it cropped, what caption I want, and when I want to schedule it. It also allows me to tag people in photos and in my caption! Basically any Instagram post of mine that you’ve seen has been pre-scheduled on Bettr.
7. Scanner Pro
I was fortunate enough to get this handy app for free a couple of years ago, but it’s still worth the few bucks that it costs on the App Store! Basically, Scanner Pro takes a picture of my documents and converts them to a nice scan that can be used as a PDF and can be sent to wherever and whomever you want. It also lines up with my documents perfectly to create a seamless scan off of my phone or iPad!
WaterMinder isn’t a productivity app in the traditional way, but it’s productive nonetheless. This app allows me to easily track my water intake throughout the day to ensure I drink my daily 64 ounces. It allows me to customize my water/liquid options (i.e. tea, sparkling water, different sizes of water bottles) to make it easier to track what I’m drinking as well. It’s compatible with Apple Watch as well so you can track your water on the go!
Overall, I’ve found that these eight apps have helped me get sh*t done, in the most fun way possible. That’s the weird magic of apps… they are seemingly straightforward, but something about them makes them more fun than just a standard pen and paper — and most of these on this list are cheaper too (AKA free!). Let me know what you think. What are your favorite apps for productivity? Do you use any of these? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next week,
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