Successful workshifting is not only about being flexible and adaptable; it’s about being resourceful.Having the right tools at the right time. To keep my productivity at a high level, I always try to talk with other iPhone users to discover their favorite
apps. I’ve learned so much to help manage my daily activities.
We’ve already talked about note-taking
and file storage, two app categories every workshifter must have. But what about the others? There has to be more. To get the conversation started, here’s my
list of go-to apps:
- Ego ($1.99) –
If you like keeping track of your analytics, Ego
is a handy application. I can monitor my
blog subscribers along with page views and unique subscribers. I can immediately tell when something unusual is happening with my website traffic and investigate.
- Social Media Apps – Instead of separating them
out, I’m just gonna lump the common social networking apps together. LinkedIn
(free), Facebook (free), and your
favorite Twitter app are a must. Speaking of Twitter, I can’t decide between Twitter
(free) or Tweetdeck (free), so I
have them both. My connections/friends/tweeps tend to use these applications instead of email, so I like to have access and be in a position to respond.
- Bump (free) – If
you’re trying to swap contact info with someone and don’t want to do the old
school business card, Bump is fun way to swap
data. If both people have the app, you
just open the app – do a fist bump – and viola! contact info is loaded on your
(free) – Recently, I’ve had to send a couple of overnight packages while
traveling. This app from FedEx is wonderful. You can load the tracking
number and have peace of mind the package arrived on time.
Airlines (free) – Being a consultant, I travel quite a bit. And Southwest Airlines offers great rates (remember
bags fly free!) But the secret to
traveling on Southwest is checking in at the right time. With the Southwest Airlines app, you can
check in using your iPhone.
- Open Table
(free) – When I’m at a conference or an out of town meeting, the conversation
always turns to “where are we having dinner?” I try to do some research for cool places on
the front end, but if time escapes me, I look to Open Table. I can search for restaurants in the area and
make a reservation. All from my iPhone.
(free) – And the same goes for that morning cup of coffee or tea. Need to find someplace for a caffeine fix or
just looking for some free WiFi? The Starbucks
iPhone app will take care of you.
And I can’t resist tossing in a couple of apps to kill time
between appointments or while you’re waiting at the airport. Enjoy
Sudoku (free and premium versions) and Zombie Farm
(free) – two of my latest faves.
What are the iPhone apps that help you stay
productive? Drop us your favorites in
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