As we head into the New Year it's time to start thinking about New Year's resolutions for 2015. For many, being more productive might be one of them.
Increasing productivity on mobile devices can be a key to achieving that goal. Here is a list of the top productivity apps heading into the New Year.
Evernote has long been a mobile productivity favorite, providing great core features expected from any note-taking app, as well as some more exciting features that help set it apart. Not only that, but the design of the app is professional as well as interesting. Users can also take advantage of their cameras and store photos in their cloud-based Evernote account, adding another layer of note-taking rather than simply writing things down.
Email is a great invention, but we all know the feeling of having so many emails in our inbox that we don't know what to do. Mailbox aims to help alleviate that problem. In fact, Mailbox is structured around helping keep emails organized. Every message that is read is moved to a different location to be later looked at again. Users can archive it, delete it, categorize it in a list, or time a reminder, having it reappear later. The app from Dropbox is very elegant, too.
Many of us work increasingly with social media as part of our jobs or other projects. Despite this, there are so many social media networks that it can sometimes get a little daunting, or at least time-consuming. Unless, of course, you use Buffer. Buffer is an app that is able to connect to all your social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, allowing users to schedule Tweets and posts from one simple platform. For the social-media users among us, Buffer is a must-have.
Avid article-readers will know that bookmarking every article one wants to read can create clutter in a browser. Luckily, there's another way to save articles to be read later. It's called Pocket, and the user interface is stunningly beautiful, easy to use and should help save articles and other web content to catch up on later. When the user has read the article, they can simply remove it from their list. Users can also access Pocket from both the mobile app and on desktop, meaning that if they come across an article on their phone and would prefer to read it on their computer, then Pocket is a perfect way to remind them.
Google Keep is another note-taking app, but rather than adding features, Google has taken them away, creating possibly the most simple note-taking app ever. Google Keep is a syncing notepad that connects to Google Drive and across all your devices. Users can set location-based reminders, share a note with others so everyone can work on it simultaneously, and also share notes with anyone in their contacts or via their email address.
The app is elegant and creative, allowing users to color-code the notes, which look like sticky notes. For those who don't need the features that an app like Evernote might provide, Google Keep is the note-taking app to use.