Top 5 Tools To Organize & Manage – Your Work & Life

People often ask me what are some of the tools I use to keep my business and my life organized.  Over the last couple of years I have tried all kinds of to-do list apps, project management services, and even white board systems to keep my notes, lists, calendars and documents.

Here are my top 5 favorite apps to make your life hum:

1. Wunderlist

Free, simple and fairly minimal to-do list app. We use this app as our primary terminal every single day. Wunderlist allows us to stay on top of projects, tasks and priorities without clicking 1,000 links on a complicated website. It’s free for Macs, PCs and all tablet and platform tablets. Download it here.

2. Evernote

Also a free and very user-friendly app.  Evernote has all kinds of awesome features and all kinds of options to customize it to better fit your needs. I use it primarily for business meetings with my team, clients and affiliates — from taking notes during meetings to making presentations and presenting them — all from my iPad or iPhone. This apps is also available on all platforms. Give it a try.

3. Dropbox

Not an app often looked at as an organizational tool, but truth is, I’d be lost without it.  You can start with 2GB for free and upgrade to premium for only $10 a month.  It’s pretty awesome.  We use it at Fat Fish Media as one our top 3 terminals.  We share documents, use it to host videos for clients, archive our photos and most importantly we use it as a collaboration tool with both team members and clients.  If you don’t have it you should download it.

4. Google Apps

This is a big deal for me.  I have used it from day 1 of Fat Fish nearly 4 years ago.  Google Apps is a bundle of services which include gmail, hangouts, calendar, google+, drive, docs, sheets, forms, slides and sites.  Seems like a lot of stuff, but the collaboration in gmail and calendars is what drives it home for me.  I’m a pretty big fan.  Learn more here.

5. 30/30 App

I’ll be honest this app can cause a bit of stress because, well, it’s kind of a glorified timer for your tasks.  It has options like making folders, adding specific tasks, pausing tasks, adding more time to tasks etc..  I have tried a few of these, and while it may take a few minutes to get used to it, I think 30/30 it’s a must have. Unfortunately, this app is only available on the Apple App Store for iPhones, iPads and iPods, but if you want to give it a try you can download it from the App Store.

I hope you find these apps useful.  Happy organizing!

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