Long time readers of the site probably already know that I depend on my iPhone a lot when it comes to organization and scheduling. I wrote about how much I use it as a phone, a note taker, a camera, as a document filer, and for assorted other uses, but I have started digging through the iTunes app store to see how else I can use this “computer in a pocket” to help me stay organized – and I figured I would share some of the things I have discovered that may help you as well if you use an iPhone. (Bolded app links open the iTunes app store)
Evernote – Of course! One of my favorite desktop apps, the mobile version syncs up with your account so you can access your documents from anywhere. Fantastic.
Yelp – Need a doctor recommendation? Want to discover a new local restaurant? You seriously cannot get any better than Yelp. A great little app that helps you find whatever you need whenever you need it, Yelp gives you the ability to read reviews, write reviews, see the location on a map, place a phone call, or bookmark for later. Sure gets rid of all the little tiny pieces of paper I used to have in my pockets and in my car!
Dropbox – Another favorite of mine, Dropbox on the iPhone gives you access to any file you put in your synced Dropbox folder.
Use Your Handwriting – For quick note taking using your finger, this comes in pretty handy sometimes.
1Password – My hands-down best application I have on my laptop and now my iPhone. 1Password remembers all your logins for you, so you can have real passwords instead your pet’s name or the kind of car you have. This program is worth every penny I paid for it.
Whole Foods – I shop almost exclusively at Whole Foods, and I appreciate that they have an app for my iPhone. I can see what’s on sale, save grocery lists, and even check out recipes to make with what I have on hand.
Google Mobile App – I wrote a while back about how I depend on everything Google, and this application lets me take all my Google stuff with me everywhere I go.
Instapaper – This app lets you save articles and web info you want to read later when you may not have internet access. Very handy.
Remember The Milk – A great To-Do list manager that also can sync with an online account. I was using this for a while but now do my lists in Evernote.
Red Laser – OK, so this one doesn’t help me stay organized, per se, but it does help save me money. By scanning a bar code in a store of something I am interested in, Red Laser then does the comparison shopping for me online. Pretty sweet. (Kudos to my friend Seth at MindofSeth.com for letting me know about this one!)
So now it’s your turn – do you have a favorite app you use to help you stay organized and on top of things? Let us all know in the comments, as I am always looking for new ones to try out!
Use your handwriting is Great! Easy to use.
I have three amazing apps that do a majority of my organizing. I use Simplenote for note taking, Things for lists and task management and iCal (Calendar on the iPhone) for scheduling. What’s great is that all three of these have desktop applications so everything stays in sync. I unfortunately would be lost without my iPhone.
I use Trunk to run a wiki on my iPhone, and everything goes into it to keep me organized. I can connect to the wiki from my desktop (Windows or Mac or Linux) and edit or update whatever I need.
I love To Do’s– it’s a free, super simple to-do list app that I use daily. I also recently discovered Listomni for a more advanced way of making/keeping lists– the one app lets me make grocery shopping lists, lists of books, movies, music I want, recipes, fuel economy log, etc, plus you can make up your own lists. It also has an internal “dictionary” so it guesses (fairly accurately, too) what you’re trying to type, so it all goes fast. It’s a $7 or $8 app but has been worth every penny so far.
Thanks for sharing this list! I already love and use Evernote, but am checking out a few others on your list that look promising. =)
We’re honoured to see 1Password included on your list, and thrilled to hear that you find it so useful. Thank you!
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Pageonce. Keeps track of all your bills and accounts. It will give you a summary of your gas bill, electric bill, at&t bill, sky miles and netflix que all on one page. If you want to go to the website to see more details you just click it. It also sends you reminders about when bills are due.
Cool, thanks! Will check it out.
These are really cool apps!
I’ll try some of them. Thanks
I downloaded so many apps that I thought they would be helpful.
I used Dropbox, its very efficient, I don’t leave any photos on phone in case of any getting lost or security situation. It consumes a lot of battery, so i deleted it. Now i have Copy. When i plug my phone to Macbook, I take the photos and upload them to Dropbox on web.
I don’t leave any document, photo, almost anything on computer if i lose and because of privacy issues.
I don’t read on phone, it hurts my eyes, I have a Kindle PW.
I have Adobe Kuler, it identifies the color of the thing you show to the camera. It catches and converts the color into Adobe numbers. Those who are interested in graphics, textile or photoshop may use, i don’t use very much but i like it.
I don’t download and delete apps so often anymore. I read somewhere i don’t remember now; when you download, it takes a little space in your phone and when you delete it, that space doesn’t come back. Your phone holds everything in its memory, even the deleted ones. So I don’t download trash apps.