Staying organized as a working mom can be overwhelming and difficult. These are my top 5 productivity apps for working moms that have made my life a lot easier!
Update: I recently published a new list of 9 Must Have Apps for Working Moms which is a great addition to the apps below.
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5 Productivity Apps for Working Moms
Evernote may have saved my life, it is beyond fabulous! My quest for a neat note taking app started when my work’s firewall started blocking the online sync of Microsoft’s OneNote (which is stupid since we use Office, right?). Not only was OneNote difficult to understand and use, I couldn’t access what I was writing on my computer on my iPhone or iPad immediately upon walking into a meeting. Currently, I have Evernote up all day long at work. I use it to take notes on conference calls, create to-do lists and save important emails that I need to reference. I can also save PDFs, word docs and excel sheets too. I even save important blog emails in there and have a separate “notebook” for my blog from work. There is an attachment you can install in Outlook and in Gmail so all my email applications are covered. Price: Free
It was pretty difficult for me to decide which app I should put as #1. Wunderlist has kept my sanity and eliminated sticky notes. I was the sticky note queen! I have always felt like if I write it down then I am free to let it go from my mind because I always have a place to reference it. This led to sticky notes all over my house, in my purse and on my desk at work. I remember one time early in my career sitting through a training at work about Franklin Covey planners (ha, paper planners!) and the trainer said, “sticky notes were the devil!” I keep lists for grocery shopping, vacations, my blog to-do list and much more. The most important feature to me is the ability to share important lists with my husband so when he is suddenly out of deodorant or uses the last garbage bag he can add it to that week’s shopping list. It has allowed me to keep the house running much more efficiently in my limited time outside of working hours and after my daughter is asleep! Price: Free
#3 Google Drive
Ok, I am an iPhone girl so I was really slow at adapting to Google technology. I hopped on the Gmail bandwagon in 2009, leaving behind my beloved AOL account. I refused to adapt to Google apps because I did not like how things worked “slightly” different from Microsoft Office. I have since adapted a bit to fit my husband’s awesome budget spreadsheet that we can both edit on Google drive. So why Google Drive? It’s everywhere! I installed Chrome on my work computer and home computer so that I have easy access to Google drive on both of my primary computers. I installed the Google Drive app on my home computer to easily backup my photos of my daughter and I can put the app on my iPhone and iPad. Wherever I am now, I am not without an important document that “I wish I had on this computer!” Price: Free
This one I was slow to buy into. I started my smartphone journey with two BlackBerry’s and I will say that their email setup integration was the best. I loved having a universal inbox. I can still get that on my iPhone (3 gmail accounts, work email, AOL email) but it takes a lot of space to keep them all, so I archive emails (of course!). What happens when I am in the store and want to search for one of my coupons or deals? I can tell you my iPhone doesn’t help because chances are, it is not in my inbox. The Gmail app really solved my problem of having to log into my email account from Safari. I do not use it all the time, but when I need it, it’s there and it makes life easier. You can also load multiple accounts on there. Price: Free
This app has been a lifesaver since I took on my new job. My husband is currently pursuing a travel job so he has been on frequent business trips. I also have been called on to go to a few work conferences. Frankly, I do not have the brain capacity to keep all our travel straight. My husband introduced me to this app when I was complaining that I never know what city he is in or when he is coming home. All you do is forward your confirmation emails (airplane, car rentals, hotel) to your TripIt account and it creates an itinerary, you can also share that itinerary with other people. Now I always know where he is and when I am supposed to be gone too. The best part is, we work for the same company and our online travel system automatically syncs to the app now. The app keeps us from “double booking” and being out-of-town at the same time. Price: Free
So there you have it! This is how I keep my brain-less scattered and a house that is in semi-order! What do you do to keep your life a little less chaotic?
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