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When you aren’t certain which way to turn when you need those few more ounces of productivity, better organization is the path to follow. Yet more efficient organization is not as simple as wishing for it. You need to come up with a plan, and invest time and perhaps a little money into it. Yet once you do, it will pay dividends that will let you complete every task you need to get done.
Combine this with the proclivity of people to carry around their smartphones wherever they go, and we have an obvious solution. You need to find applications and programs that let you organize your life on the go. You can find those little bits of time to invest in the waiting line or on the subway, leading you to a new beginning where your stress is down and your schedule is balanced.
Here are five apps you might find useful to get your life more organized:
One of the favorite and simplest to do list applications on the market, Todoist has an easy-to-use interface which allows you to add tasks (which can recur at intervals of your choosing) with just a touch and a few strokes of a keypad. It also has the great benefit of using your account to sync up your progress and tasks on the different devices you happen to use it on. It is a great idea to simply have a tab open to their website whenever you have the computer open.
It will also keep track of your progress, and you can set goals for yourself to try to get so many tasks done each day. Not everyone will use these particular settings, but it won’t hurt your experience if you don’t. You can find it for iOS, Android, and Windows. It doesn’t cost anything, but there is a premium option available if you want to track your productivity long-term.
Out of all the apps I have encountered, few have been as interestingly designed as MindNode. You start with an idea in a node, and then link nodes containing other ideas and facts to it. This branching tree continuously grows until you are satisfied (it doesn’t have a limit on its own) and are able to get all of your ideas out or your project outlines expressed in a way that might be more representative of your chain of thought.
Some other interesting features are cloud integration so that you can share across devices, the auto-organization of your mindmaps, and a lot of different graphics and differentiating organizational tools. A creative mind will be able to find great new ways to utilize these tools for organization, so your imagination is the limit. It is available for Apple products, and while it can cost some money (at least $10), many will find it to be positively worth it.
Evernote is one of the premier and most popular note taking applications to have ever been invented, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon. Evernote helps you organize your thoughts and allows you to take screenshots, audio recordings, photos, and of course text as notes you can refer to later. With annotation features and its ease of use, you can rest assured that it will help you put all of your ideas down when you’re on the go.
You can find it on any major mobile OS, and the basic application will cost you nothing. The premium options are primarily to give yourself more storage space, but if you find yourself mostly taking text notes with the occasional photo, you can safely ignore them in your desire to get more organized.
There is a good chance that you already have a Dropbox account at this point, but are you using it effectively for organizational purposes? There is much to be said about the ability to share documents efficiently with others, and the sync feature saves you a great deal of time. This sharing and storage service truly is one of the best things out there for hard-working individuals, whatever their occupation.
Dropbox is free with the option to pay for more storage space, and you can find it on any major phone OS. As long as you are safe with it and know what you are doing, it will become one of the best tools you have to keep yourself and your files organized. If you aren’t sure, give it a try to see if the interface works well with your needs. You have nothing to lose.
Organization sometimes means precaution against the chaos you can find in the world, both online and offline. If you were to fall victim to data theft or identity theft, then you would need to start over most of your plans from scratch to give yourself the time to recover. This is why you need a Virtual Private Network (VPN). It connects your computer to an offsite secure server via an encrypted connection. This protects you on dangerous public networks from data interception (which is simple and inexpensive for hackers lurking on the network) and will also allow you to keep all of your organizational and work information safe.
While there are many different VPNs out there for different needs, you will want to consider ExpressVPN if you’re trying to save time and minimize confusion, as the slowdown speed of your connection is minimized and their customer service will save you a great deal of time should you run into an issue. Reading a thorough review on the matter from a trusted website such as Secure Thoughts will help you get a better grasp on the benefits and costs.
While all of the above apps have a learning curve to them and thus will be a waste of time in your eyes at first, you should know that once you get the hang of them your mind will be free to conquer larger and more worthy enterprises. Always keep trying to move on up, and may you find success in whatever endeavors require more organization. Thank you for reading.