Not all of us are tied down to a desk any more; we’re out and about – whether that’s at meetings or just taking a break from the office.
You may have also heard that some of us are workaholics that are always in touch with work and colleagues.
That’s just something that I’ve heard though.
Whilst I spend quite a lot of my time in the office I like to stay organised on the go and in touch with the other team members. The Internet doesn’t stop you know 😉
With that in mind, I thought I would share with you a few of the apps that I use to keep in touch, save time, and stay organised. Most are available on Android and IOS and all of them have free versions – in most cases the free versions will be all that you need.
Link Bubble (Android Only)
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Link Bubble is a fairly new one for me and one that I have only been using for a few weeks. Having said that, I’m not sure what I did before I installed it; it’s a major time saver. Navigating around the mobile web can be a frustrating experience as you open a link from Twitter and then twiddle your thumbs whilst you wait for the link to load up. Link Bubble helps you get round this with a simple solution. It opens up multiple tabs in the background whilst you are still in the native app.
Let’s stick with the Twitter example. You are browsing through your feed and come across a link that you would like to open. With Link Bubble installed it will open that in a background bubble whilst you carry on browsing Twitter. Come across another link? Click that as well and the app fires up another bubble and starts loading that as well. When you have clicked on a couple of links you can then open the bubble and browse the (now fully loaded) articles. You can then read through (and share to other apps – twitter, hootsuite, Gmail, whatever you have on your phone) as you’ve read them.
If, like me, you often browse Twitter whilst waiting for a bus or travelling, or stood in the queue at the post office, it’s a great way to maximise your time.
That makes me happy.
Any.do (Android and IOS)
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When Astrid was bought by Yahoo I was gutted. It was a great to-do app, both on the web and mobile. I played around with some other to-do apps before settling on any.do. It’s a choice I don’t regret one bit – unless someone buys them out and then sunsets the service. Please… don’t.
Whilst it doesn’t have a web app like Astrid does, it does have a nice little chrome extension and it is available for Android and IOS.
Not only is the app beautifully designed but it has the added bonus of appearing simple but being incredibly powerful underneath.
It has all the features that you would expect:
In addition to that it allows you to do some cool stuff that other to-do apps don’t:
- Reminds you to follow up missed calls
- Suggests apps to help you complete certain tasks
- Has an intelligent autocomplete system
It is well worth the price of ,err , free!
Cal (Android and IOS)
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Cal is made by the same people as the any.do task manager above. Which means it looks beautiful, is functional, and it hooks into your to do list – bringing things together is the future! If you haven’t heard, the team are also working on an email app and a memo app too.
Whilst Cal is not as sophisticated as any.do (at the moment) it does hook into Facebook for birthdays, your GPS to allow you to bring directions into the meetings and events that you have scheduled. It pulls your to-do’s from any.do right into your calendar and hooks up with as many Google Calendars as you want.
Yammer (Android and IOS)
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Yammer is a free private social networking site that allows you to set up an internal social media and messaging system for your team. It is something that we use at Boom to share ideas, talk about client work, share pictures of cats, and all the important things in life. It’s a great app and most businesses will be able to utilise it for free.
With their mobile app (for both Android and IOS) it means that you can stay in touch with team members whilst you are on the go. Important messages don’t get buried under a mountain of emails that you end up getting back to a little too late. Emergencies can be addressed quickly and without much bother. It also means that you can drop in with ideas for clients in conversations that you may have missed if you were not in the office.
Also did I mention that you could drop in pictures of cats?
In today’s uber-connected world it can be hard to get the life/work balance right. It is easy to get bogged down with work, stressed out with a million unanswered emails, or blame someone else when you miss a meeting.
The smartphone means we are never too far away from work and that can be a burden – but if you find the right apps for your work life they can be a godsend.
Here’s a picture of a cute cat: