Michael Podolinsky CSP, CSP Global

Apple now boasts 25 BILLION apps for 315 million iPads, iPhone and iPods. There are thousands of competing devices with their own versions. Which to choose?

Here are my 8 suggestions to help you decide which apps, options and optimisation choices to boost your productivity.

1) The software: your mind is the number one software to use all these apps and options. First write down what you need, what you would like and finally what would be nice. The rest is a waste of time. If the app or option does not have what you need, move on to the next one. If it and several others have what you need, deter to mine which has the most you like about it. If the likes are the same, go for nice add-ons. If you can’t find what you need… maybe skip apps and look for other options.

2) Look what bloggers and other users are saying about the app or option. This is a great place to start.

3) Consider if you are using what you have now and if not, maybe you should start there. Start by either trying out what you have or deleting it. Sometimes I download easy programmes but find I never use them. The delete button saves me a little space but more importantly, gets rid of an ongoing distraction.

4) Step 4 is critical…download the trial version ONLY when you know you will have the time to really give it a real test. I’ve wasted several free trials when I was swamped and thought, “this can help me now” but did not have the time to LEARN it. Face it, all of these apps and options have a learning curve.

5) If you buy it, give it 3 months to create a habit. The recent stats show 66 days to make a habit. If in 3 months you are not using it or loving it, hit the delete button.

6) Even though you have a great app, every 6 months do a search for another one. Some of those you dissed because they lacked something may now have what was missing and may actually surpass your current app. Obviously, keep looking for upgrades to your current version.

7) Here is a list of the 10 best productivity apps, according to Harrison Weber and TNW (The Next Web  http://thenextweb.com/) you may want to consider (half are for Apple products):

  1. Evernote  Evernote iis an amazing way to organize the notes you take and information you wish to retrieve again.
  2. Dropbox Dropbox is the easiest way to store and share your files in the cloud.   Dropbox, Available for Mac/PC/Linux and Mobile
  3. Sparrow Sparrow, helps Mac users handle different email accounts seamlessly. Sparrow, for Mac
  4. TeuxDeux TeuxDeux (pronounced to-do) is a simple and elegant to-do app . iPhone app. TeuxDeux, for the browser and iPhone
  5. Instapaper Instapaper is an app that allows you to save the contents of a page to read them later in a minimalist, clean format.Instapaper, for the iPhone/iPad
  6. Pulse Pulse takes your favorite websites and transforms them into a colorful and interactive mosaic.  Pulse, for iPad/iPhone, Android, Nook and Kindle Fire
  7. Alfred Alfred is the personal butler for your Mac and iPhone/iPad  Alfred, is a quick finder programme.
  8. CloudApp CloudApp ithe easiest way to share screenshots on the Mac.  CloudApp, for the browser and Mac
  9. Fantastical  Fantastical, by Flexibits, is one of the best ways to create and manage calendar events and works with iCal, BusyCal, Entourage and Outlook, and is compatible with iCloud, MobileMe, Google Calendar or Yahoo! Calendar accounts  Fantastical, for Mac
  10. iDoneThis  iDoneThis keeps a calendar of your completed tasks and emails you daily, “What’d you get done today?” Automatically creating an entry,  iDoneThis, for the browser

8) PLEASE send us your apps and why you like them. We’ll post them in the future and send you an e-book for sharing:

Smile Maker: Let’s give a little love to our tech support people. Real-life calls to tech support and computer store comments:

  •  A Canon help desk got a complaint about a printer. The tech asked if the caller was “running it under Windows.” The customer said, “No, my desk is next to the door. But that is a good point. The guy sitting in the cubicle next to me is under a window, and his is working fine.”
  • Customer: “I’d like a mouse mat, please.” Tech support: “Certainly, we’ve got a large variety.” Customer: “But will they be compatible with my computer?”
  • Customer: “Can you copy the Internet for me on this diskette?”

Comments on: "Point #18: Apps, Options and Optimisation for Productivity." (2)

  1. At this time it seems like WordPress is the top blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

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