Here are my Top 10 Productivity Apps for both entrepreneurs and everyone interested in saving time and being productive in 2018.
All too soon, the year 2017 will almost be over and we shall be ushered into 2018 with greater resolutions and expectations.
As an early adopter, I have spent time downloading, using and reviewing some of the best productivity mobile and web applications both for personal use and also for my friends and families running small to medium enterprises (SMEs).
In recent time, smartphone applications have made our lives much more convenient than before. We’ve become more mobile ready, more productive and have much more freedom than our predecessors.
Below are my 10 essential productivity apps (for both iOS, Android, and Web) for both entrepreneurs and everyone interested in saving time and being productive in 2018.
1. WhatsApp (Android, iOS & Web)
It’s 2017 and if you don’t have WhatsApp installed on your phone, you are doing yourself a disservice. The app has changed Ghana’s mobile industry overnight since it was launched in 2009. With over 300 million daily active users worldwide, this is your best productivity app and should be on all your devices.
If you’re looking for an application that will help you reduce your monthly mobile phone bill and also provides you with a rich messaging experience which allows you to include images, videos, audio files, contacts, your location and a number of emoticons in your message, then look no further.
Also, if you are interested in communicating with your families, teammates, school alumni, professional colleagues or your neighborhood communities, you can easily create a group and make sure that everyone is kept in the loop. Download WhatsApp today for your devices here: http://whatsapp.com/
Slack is an instant messaging and collaboration system on steroids that runs on both Android, iOS, and Web. The Slack app is a combination of email, chat and file sharing applications all-in-one.
This is great for collaborating and communicating with team members on different teams within the same company or organization. I personally use it to engage with my team members scattered across the world. Download Slack here: https://slack.com/
3. Any. Do
I currently use Any.do app to keep updated with my daily organizer with regards to my social, professional, and personal life. This is an amazing to-do list application that delivers what is promised.
You can organize your different needs in different lists and split them in distinct ways. The app also addresses the problem of organizing appointments, tasks and any other kind of activity that demands a little bit of organization. Even the free version is enough to solve your “list” problems. Check them out here: https://www.any.do/
4. Gmail by Google
Everyone needs an email to stay productive in this 21st century. As the world goes digital, email has become one of the MUST have tools to break down the barrier of productivity.
Gmail offers a one-stop portal for creating events and reminders, file storage, photo hosting, YouTube, blogging, and many others. With 10+ GB of email storage space and a 25MB of file attachment, Gmail is your best email service for your personal and professional use.
You can use their free service or set it up to work with your own unique domain, like email@example.com. Gmail is available for all platforms: Android, iOS, Windows mobile, and Web.
5. Bear Notes
Bear Notes is the best note taking application I’ve come across in 2017. From taking notes, documenting, putting ideas into paper and many more, I have used it in drafting storylines for upcoming blog posts for my blog.
The app’s simple tools take the effort out of writing, whether you need to hit specific word counts and reading times, or you need to convert your writings into PDF and Word docs.
With Bear’s custom markup shortcuts, you can add style and links with just a tap or keystroke. Unfortunately, Bear Notes is only available for iOS and Apple Mac devices for now.
Check it out here: http://www.bear-writer.com/
This is your best project management tool that makes collaboration among teams, colleagues, company departments/units and social projects fun. From organizing your work projects, family activities, travel plans, proposal documentation to just about anything, Trello is set to serve you better.
Trello can be used not only to manage projects and tasks, but can also be used as a lesson planner, a community bulletin, or an idea repository.
I enjoy the offline feature in Trello which makes it easy and convenient for me to work anytime and anywhere while on the go. Once I get back online, the app automatically synchronizes all my data into one place. I recommend Trello for personal and professional use. For individual and team use as well.
1Password provides a single vault that can be accessed online to store all login, personal and confidential information for all accounts.
I have been using 1Password for since I got introduced to it by one of my colleagues. It helps create secure passwords, and then saves me hours each year by making it simple to log-in to my numerous accounts with just ‘one password’. It’s not the only password manager out there, but I’ve used it for a long time and it keeps getting better.
Even if you don’t use 1Password, get yourself a password manager in 2018. 1Password is available for Apple iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.
8. Email – Edison Mail
Email clients are almost a dime a dozen, so finding one that’s unique is a challenge. Edison Mail stands out from the crowd with its intelligent mailboxes for me. You are able to set up as many email accounts from different providers as you want.
The app also supports POP3 and IMAP email account types. It also provides special inboxes through its Assistant, for subscriptions, travel, entertainment, and more.
Email – Edison Mail app is available on both the App Store and Google Play Store. Check it out here: https://mail.edison.tech/
I’ve been using Canva for more than a year and find it very handy and easy to use. I use it to design most of the social media creatives for promotional use.
The platform offers users to design by a drag-and-drop interface and publishes them in print, on the Web, and also across all social media platforms.
If you’re a professional designer, you can use Canva to quickly and easily create layouts and collaborate with clients on the go. Take a look at Canva here – https://www.canva.com
10. ExpressPay Ghana
With the passing of new Mobile Money regulations in July 2015, policymakers have been aware of the critical role Mobile Money is playing in driving financial inclusion.
ExpressPay – one of the leading financial technology startups in Ghana is spearheading mobile money transactions across all sectors.
The ExpressPay service facilitates the processing of mobile money transactions across all mobile telecommunications networks through their Android, iOS, and Web portal.
Even though I’m currently away from Ghana, I still use ExpressPay to pay for goods and services in Ghana for my grandmother. I top up her mobile phone with airtime regularly while on the go. Contributing financially towards family and social projects has been very easy with the ExpressPay App.
This is a MUST have app for your cashless payments in Ghana. If you haven’t done so already, create your profile and sign up here: http://www.expresspaygh.com