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3 Apps to Enhance Your Work Productivity

3 Apps to Enhance Your Work Productivity

Thanks to improvements in mobile technology and the power of apps, our Smartphones and Tablets are now able to do tasks that for years were only possible on a desktop computer.

Whether you work in an office or work from home, you can now use mobile devices to tackle major parts of your workload when you’re not even at your desk. From emails to documents to task management apps, you can do it all anywhere.

Here’s our guide to the three most essential apps available for Android and iOS that help to maximize your productivity.

Be Productive No Matter Where You Are

While similar in some ways to cloud storage services like Dropbox and office software like Microsoft Office, where Google Drive shines is its compatibility and price: it’s free and it works on everything.

Google Drive (and its counterpart, Google Docs) acts as a free cloud storage service linked to your Google account. You get the first 15 GB free (for your Google account as a whole) and can always pay for more.

Where Google Docs departs from cloud storage is it:

  • Lets you edit, manage and export documents with a variety of file types all within the cloud without download or special software
  • Allows you to create a document and send it through Gmail without it ever touching your hard drive or download the file as a Word document, Open Office or PDF.
  • Integrates seamlessly between apps and desktop interfaces for all Apple, Android and Windows platforms.
  • Allows you to work on your documents off of any device in the office or at home. 

Task Management

Many productivity apps offer to-do lists, task-sharing and syncing across platforms, but perhaps none as extensively as Asana.

Asana takes the best features of other to-do list and task management apps and combines them into one interface that can do as much as you need:

  • Create tasks
  • Assign them to categories or projects
  • Delegate to team members
  • Add due dates
  • Add sub-tasks and notes
  • View tasks in a variety of configurations, whether on your calendar or a list sorted by due date.

One of the best things about Asana is that it’s free for up to 15 team members, giving you functionality without fees. It also has loads of extra features like commenting on tasks, adding links or attaching files.

Team Collaboration

When your work involves communicating and sharing with multiple team members, look no further than Slack:

  • Combines real-time messaging to both individual team members or groups
  • File sharing and integration with other services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Asana and social media channels.
  • Create sub-groups within your team for conversations, tasks and sharing.
  • Works seamlessly across the web-based desktop interface and native apps.
  • Scales very well from small, contained teams to larger teams and organizations with more complex needs.

Slack offers a range of monthly fee options to fit your needs.

With all of the great productivity apps available for mobile and desktop use, staying organized and on top of your to-do lists has never been so easy.

Heidi Raker, mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges.

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