Top 5 Productivity Apps for Telecommuters

If your New Year’s resolution is to increase productivity, give one of our top five productivity apps a try and enjoy a little more time for R&R in the coming year.

The New Year is here, which is the perfect time to evaluate your telecommuting productivity. Are you constantly strapped for time? Are you always searching for that missing file or contact information? Have you been sacrificing your personal time for your professional life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it’s time to make some changes so you have more time for you. We’ve uncovered five productivity boosting apps that will help get you there:

1. Evernote
Cost: Free

Evernote helps boost productivity by improving your personal and professional organization by letting you capture, organize and share almost any bit of data, image, audio recording or music using your computer, phone or tablet.

For example, you can distribute meeting notes, brainstorm with colleagues, save and organize your most often referenced web pages, or record that amazing idea the moment it comes to mind. Organize your to-do list, capture the perfect cookie recipe, or record your kid’s soccer schedule. Evernote can be used in a multitude of ways to enhance productivity.

Evernote is free, but if you get hooked, an Evernote Premium account is available. Increased monthly upload allowance and priority customer support are just a few of the upgrade perks.

2. Diacarta
Cost: $1.99

Diacarta is a picture perfect planner, boasting a cool vintage-inspired user interface. Unlike ordinary planners, Diacarta generates a visual map of your day, using icons to represent the things you do.
You simply select an icon that represents your activity from more than 50 icons Diacarta and create custom text that describes your activity.

For example, let’s say it’s time to attend your company’s monthly webinar. Use the exclamation point icon that notes the task’s importance, enter text “January Webinar,” then drag and drop the icon to the proper place on the clock. If you don’t see the icon you want, create one.

Diacarta is sleek, simple, and it even syncs to all of your devices. For those of you who thrive on the visual, it’s a much needed break from the traditional planner.

3. Bump
Cost: Free

Bump began as a way to organize and share business contacts, but its latest version 3.5 kicks the app’s capability up a notch. Now Bump allows you to share photos, videos, documents, spreadsheets, and presentations by simply opening Bump and gently bumping two phones.

You want to bump all those pics from your iPhone to your laptop? No problem. Go to http://bu.mp and bump your phone against the spacebar on your laptop. Like magic, the photos transfer. Talk about a productivity enhancer.

4. Mint.com
Cost: Free

Named by CNN Money as one of the “6 Best Banking & Budget Apps” for 2012, you can count on Mint to enhance your financial life and increase your productivity because it allows you to track, budget and manage multiple accounts all in one place.

Simply add a checking, loan, credit card or other account to Mint.com and the app will automatically pull and categorize all transactions associated with the account. It’s like having a virtual personal banker.

Want to super-size your savings? Mint.com makes saving a breeze by creating a customized budget based on your actual spending and developing graphs that shows you how much you have left to spend in each category.

Bonus: Information automatically syncs across all of your devices, so whether you’re on your iPad, iPhone or laptop, you’ll be able to access your most up-to-date account information.

5. Dropbox
Cost: Free

Dropbox allows you to share, save, and store all kinds of documents. It’s the perfect app for telecommuters looking to improve productivity because it makes taking your work on the go easy. And should you ever misplace your mobile device or fall prey to a vicious computer virus, your work remains safely stored in Dropbox.

Large files are no longer a hassle because you’ll get 2GB of space for free when you sign up, and with use, you can earn up to 3 GB of additional free space. We really appreciate how powerful and easy this app is to navigate.

Which of these apps do you use for productivity?

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