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The 6 Productivity Apps You Need in 2019

By Jake Nordquist   |    December 17, 2018   |    12:37 PM

Manage To-Do Lists, Go Paperless, Sync Calendars, & More With These Time-Saving Productivity Apps

If you feel busier than ever before, never fear: There’s an app for that.

While productivity apps can’t complete your to-do list for you, they can make it easier to get things done. If you want 2019 to be a year full of business growth, better organization, and less stress, consider downloading these 6 apps to start the New Year right.

1. Wunderlist

This free to-do list app works perfectly across all major devices (including Kindle). It makes organizing and accessing your to-do list a breeze, with a clean interface that’s intuitive to use.  

If you need to collaborate with a team or share your lists with others, consider purchasing the Pro option. You can share your lists, and even work collaboratively with people right inside the app.

2. Things

Choosing a to-do list app is a highly personal decision, so it never hurts to try a few before committing. Mac users should strongly consider adding Things to their list of must-try apps — it’s a popular tool that consistently earns rave reviews.

Things isn’t free, but anyone who appreciates thoughtful design (with extra attention paid to usability and function) will find this app useful.

3. CamScanner

We’ve written about the benefits of going paperless before on the IO blog, and this app makes ditching paper a whole lot easier. CamScanner uses your phone’s camera to take photos of documents, which can be saved as a PDF or JPG file.

It’s ideal for receipts, contracts, and more. There’s a free version with ads and watermarks, but the premium option nixes both. The premium version also offers more advanced features.

4. Otter Voice Notes

If you ever take voice notes or need to record a meeting, look no further than Otter Voice Notes. This powerful app even automatically transcribes recordings, and users receive 600 minutes of transcription free every month. Once your recordings are transcribed, it’s easy to search your entire audio repository, add images, and more.

Otter also uses something called Ambient Voice Intelligence — “train” it to recognize voices, learn terminology, and improve accuracy.

5. 1Password, Dashlane, or LastPass

Downloading a password manager doesn’t just save time… these tools also enhance your cyber security and keep your sensitive business data safe.

We recently dissected three of the most popular password manager tools — read the reviews here and decide which one suits your needs best.

6. 24me

This award-winning app is like having a personal assistant in your pocket. Use 24me to aggregate everything related to your schedule in one place — it syncs calendars, to-do lists, notes, and personal accounts.

The Smart Alerts feature is especially helpful. These alerts tell you when to leave for meetings based on traffic conditions, provide weather alerts, and summarize the most important events for the next day’s agenda.

Take your productivity to the next level

Each of the apps on the list will help you get more done, but some entrepreneurs and business owners still need an extra hand.

If you know you’ll need to delegate more in 2019, consider utilizing virtual business services. You’ll find skilled, trustworthy professionals (without the hassle of hiring), business solutions that enhance your professionalism, and much more.