At some point in all of our lives, we must accept that Siri simply can’t do everything. Yes, she can talk and record and remember, and let us know about our upcoming meetings and the weather and all the e-mails we keep not responding to… but, at the end of the day, even she has her limits. But, don’t despair. The economy in San Francisco isn’t booming for nothing— and more likely than not, there’s an app out there tailored to exactly the kind of assistance you need.
We waded through dozens of the best and brightest “organizational apps” in order to find the ones that we actually shouldn’t be living without. So here you are: the five apps you really need to download. Right now.
Evernote I may sound grandiose here, but: Evernote truly is a Zues amid the Olympic pantheon of personal organizational apps. This
savvy personal assistant, I mean, app, helps you organize notes, archive photos, set reminders, share files and so much more. One of my favorite Evernote functions is the app’s optical character recognition capability, which lets you scan business cards and search them by content. Forget about rifling through your desk drawer for little scraps of paper. Instead, snap a photo of a contact’s card and you can automatically search their name on your phone. Best of all, Evernote syncs seamlessly across devices, allowing you to access your data from home, work, or on the road.
Mint Searching for an easy way to keep tabs on your spending? Mint has got you covered. Link this penny-tracking app to your financial institutions and get a clearer picture of where your money is going (and where it’s coming from). The app categorizes your transactions for you and even dishes out investment advice. It can also send out reminders about paying bills and put you on track to achieving your financial goals. Perhaps best of all, Mint is 100% free, leaving you to spend your hard-earned money elsewhere.
Any.do Nobody likes being nagged, but when the nagging comes in the form of cute and classy reminder, somehow it isn’t so bad. That’s how I feel about any.do, an organizing app that manages lists and calendars across all your devices. The app allows you to create and categorise to-do lists, set reminders, and share lists with others, all within a highly streamlined interface. Use it for everything you can’t remember on your own: grocery shopping lists, keeping track of summer reading must-haves, and that elusive 11:15 a.m. dentist appointment.
Lastpass If, like me, you are the type of person who finds remembering all of your online passwords to be uhhh…challenging, lastpass is the app for you. Lastpass enables you to log in to any of your password-protected sites using a single, secure access point. This means that you can chose tough passwords for all of your log-ins, without the hassle of remembering each of them. Lastpass encrypts all of your passwords and recently received an Editors’ Choice award from PC Magazine for its protection abilities. Your days of clicking “forgot your password?” are numbered.
Ifttt There reaches a point, in the app game, when it can start to feel overwhelming. So many apps, so little time to manage and coordinate them all! But no fear — now there is an app for that too. Ifttt, or “if this, then that,” allows you to coordinate actions between products and apps. Do you want your phone to post your tweets directly to Facebook? Automatically upload your photos to dropbox? What about reminding you to put on sunscreen when the UV index is high? All of this is now possible. You can even add a function so that your Phillips Hue Lightbulbs will turn on automatically when you arrive home, based on the location of your iPhone. Only one question remains: If this app exists, then has the future arrived? These are some of our faves, but the options are endless. What apps do you use to get organized? Weigh in in the comments section below!