Having a personal assistant is a great way to help you stay organized. However, it is not an option for everyone. Besides, with all the great digital tools and apps that can help you organize and make the most out of your time, who needs a personal assistant? Despite the online communication technologies having facilitated our lives a great deal, it didn’t come without a price. All those emails, tweets, and notifications can distract you, and eat up your day. The overwhelming amount of information to react to and tasks to accomplish can be too much to handle for most people.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. There is an arsenal of advanced applications and tools that can help you stay on top of your game when juggling your daily tasks. With the variety of available apps and services, the following ones distinctively stand out from their competition.
- RescueTime (Mac/PC; Free or $6/month plan)
In the digital world that we live in, activities that can sap your time are just too much to count. Social media sites, YouTube, or other trivial tasks can keep you from doing your job. RescueTime is a desktop program that keeps track of the time you spend doing everything on your computer. Every time you switch to a new window, RescueTime resets the clock and records the time you take to do the new task. RescueTime then provides you with easy-to-understand tables and graphs to help you decide what is wasting your time and helps you stay organized and focused on what matters most.
- Things (Mac/iPhone/iPad)
This Apple-exclusive application is one of the best available tools that can help you stay organized and get things done. This app uses the smart, well-proven approach of breaking down even the most seemingly daunting tasks into small, achievable steps. This allows you to organize your next move and stay focused on the next step, instead of worrying about the entire task. This app syncs across all your Apple devices, providing a well-rounded solution to help you organize and break down big tasks.
- Mindnode (Mac/iPad)
Have you ever heard of mind maps? This well-established method of brainstorming has proven to help the mind organize information and generate fresh ideas. Instead of creating a normal list, this app allows you to create a colorful mind map that will help you organize your thoughts in a way that will get your creative juices flowing.
- CalenGoo (Android)
Calendars are a great way to remember important events. Sometimes getting more people involved in your planning is the best thing to do. CalenGoo allows you to set up a collaborative schedule to which all the involved people can contribute and make entries. The app can also send you all kinds of notifications to make sure you are current with the latest updates regarding an event, so you never forget something that is coming up on your schedule.
- Remember the Milk (Web-based)
Remember the Milk is a to-the-point organizational tool that allows you to do a very basic organizational task: to-do lists! This app allows you to create beautiful, well-organized to-do lists where the tasks are organized by date or importance. You can also receive notifications in various ways so you will be sure to remember the milk next time!
- Pocket (iOS/Android)
Pocket is an amazing app. This application allows you to save any article you find on the internet and read it offline at your convenience. The articles are saved in a clean, easy-to-read format and are simple to organize using tags. The application can even read the articles to you using its integrated text-to-speech feature.