Last updated on August 10th, 2015
Life moves fast and we often have more to do than we have time. Staying on top of our interests and responsibilities is hard to manage and balance. Luckily there are apps out there that help make the inundation a little more digestible and improve productivity. Here are 10 I swear by:
There is a ton of news that pours in daily from countless sites. We all have our favorite go-to’s and RSS feeds are a great way to trim the fat of web browsing into your own personalized newspaper. Feedly does that in a clean interface and it integrates well with social media.
So what do you do when you happen upon an article but don’t have time to read it in full? Send it to Pocket where it waits for you until you’re ready! Feedly integrates with Pocket and helps you trim that fat further!
I love this browser to death. In the absence of my beloved Firefox on my phone and iPad, this little engine that could is the next best thing. It links with Firefox sync which keeps all your bookmarks in order across your devices. Pocket plugin for web pages? Got it. User agent faker? So long forced mobile view. Dropbox, Instapaper, Evernote integration and a file download directory just like Firefox (<3) makes this a browser that works for you.
Not just for restaurants anymore, although it still shines as the place to go looking for new cuisine. You can find just about any business here, and can now write reviews right from the app. You can see hours, menus, get directions, and call businesses right from the app and many places offer check in discounts via Yelp.
5. Alien Blue
Really what reddit should look like. This is the best reddit navigator I’ve tried to date and I have to fight against wasting my day away browsing through it. Reddit is the front page of the internet and this is the best way to read it.
6. Amazon’s Kindle Reader
Great reader for books, PDF’s and documents. It integrates and opens multiple files and the reader’s interface and options are clean, quick and very useful.
I am always bouncing around, and for me being able to access my files and do my tasks across different devices is a huge priority. Dropbox is a cloud based file storage solution that syncs with pc’s and Dropbox mobile apps. Big PDF files can be prohibitive to carry around on mobile devices and Dropbox alleviates that by giving you access to your important files exactly when you need them.
8. Google Drive
Similar to Dropbox but it goes a bit in a different direction. This is a great tool to collaborate with others as you can share documents with other gmail users by simply granting their email permission. Being able to create documents from Drive and work on them later and let others do the same eliminates the bulky middleman of emailing attachments.
Music takes up a lot of space, which is fine on computer hard drives but not on mobile devices which are limited. I pay $10 a month for legal unlimited streaming of damn near any and all music you can conceive of. Minus the Beatles but really everyone should make room for the Beatles and buy their library outright. This is a music nut’s dream and I’ve discovered more music than I can recall through it.
10. Hoot Suite
I spend a lot of time in social media, posting content and interacting with communities for a few different entities. I also have my own personal social media accounts. Logging in and out to each and every one every time I want to do something is a humongous pain in the ass. Hoot Suite lets me access them all at once, post to multiple accounts at once and reply to tweets and messages. The web client is better and more fully featured than the app, but the app is getting there.
Honorable Mention: WordPress, Stereomood, Mangastorm and fuck ESPN for my dependence on they’re shittily laid out app.