The Top 10 Apps To Keep You Working In 2016

By Common Desk - February 3rd, 2016

It’s a special time when you can jump in the back of an Uber and get some work done while commuting. Having a work-life balance is important, but being able to get work done when you don’t have access to your laptop is amazing. This is a modern luxury backed by rapidly improving technology that wasn’t a practical option just a few short years ago. But amidst of the new startup apps out there, which ones will actually keep you productive? Here is our list of the Top 10 apps to keep you working in 2016:

#10 Work Hard Anywhere

As freelancers, one of the most frustrating things we deal with is the process of finding a decent workspace when we’re on the run or in a foreign city.

We often show up to a cafe that seems promising for the work day, yet soon discover that the wifi is virtually unusable, and the closest outlet seems miles away. With the help of freelancers like you, WHA solves this conundrum by letting you rate a cafe’s internet speed, workspace size, and more.

Made by Freelancers for Freelancers to get work done.

#9 Fantastical 2

The fast and friendly calendar and reminder app, packed full of features to make you even more productive.

Fantastical’s DayTicker is a very efficient and enjoyable way to view your schedule. Make sense of your upcoming schedule and quickly swipe to see the past and the future.

If you prefer to see your schedule the old fashioned way simply pull down on the DayTicker and it will conveniently turn into a month calendar. Pull down on the calendar and you’re back to the DayTicker. Rotate your iPhone to landscape and Fantastical shows you the new week view, making it easy to see your entire schedule at once. Tap and hold on an event to quickly create or reschedule an event.

Best of all, Fantastical works with the same calendar accounts already set up with the built-in iOS Calendar app: iCloud, Google Calendar, Yahoo, Exchange, and more. Just download, launch it, and you’re good to go.

#8 Whiteboard

Whiteboard is the most convenient way to manage your daily tasks, whether collaborating with clients and colleagues on projects at work or managing your to-dos at home. Conquer your never-ending to-do list by breaking it up into what can be done on each day. Fitting within your current workflow, you can get organized effortlessly without missing a beat.

Delegate tasks, communicate with others, and keep everyone on the same page. Have effective communication, and collective ownership with your team where everyone gets involved. Do your colleagues and clients a favor and ditch those lengthy email threads and late-night “where was that file again” or “don’t forget to…” emails. Whiteboard simplified the experience by having one interface and experience across all your devices. Spend less time managing tasks and more time getting them done.

#7 Print n Share

“Print n Share” for the iPad and iPhone is the best printing and file sharing app. It enables you to print emails, files, web pages, contacts and images and also shares files and documents with your desktop computer.

Print n Share will print directly to most WiFi printers, or to all printers using the free WePrint software. You will not need to touch or be near your computer to print, you simply tap print on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and the computer will act as a relay and automatically pass the print job from your device onto your printer without user intervention.

#6 Handle

Handle combines your to-dos, email, and calendar so you know exactly what you need to accomplish today, tomorrow, and beyond. Schedule and prioritize to-dos, add reminders, due dates, locations, and more so that you get reminded at just the right time. See to-dos and calendar items together so you know exactly what to do next. And don’t worry, Handle will remind you.

#5 Trello

Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects. Trello lets you see everything about your project in a single glance. With Trello board (think Pinterest for business), it’s a list of lists filled with cards, used with a team or by yourself. Add and reorder lists as you need. Trello adapts to your project, team and workflow.

You’ll see everything about your project just by glancing at the board, and it all updates in real-time. There’s nothing to set up and everyone gets it instantly.

Trello is simple on the surface, but the cards have everything you need to get work done. Post comments for instant feedback. Upload files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive. Add checklists, labels, due dates, and more. Notifications make sure you always know when important stuff happens.

#4 Paper

When you need to get something down fast, Paper is ready. Ingeniously designed, Paper presents a powerful modern tool for writing, drawing, note-taking and beyond. Sketch out ideas and whip up diagrams with a rich selection of responsive brushes. Using simple gestures, quickly annotate photos or transform text into beautifully formatted lists. It’s an excellent medium for capturing and organizing the thoughts and images that you need every day.

#3 1Password

1Password remembers all your passwords and other sensitive information so you don’t have to. Keep your digital life secure, always available, and safe behind the one password that only you know.

Use 1Password to generate strong and unique passwords, save them securely, and fill them on websites and in participating apps with just a few taps. 1Password is your digital vault for all kinds of information associated with modern life, from addresses and credit card numbers to locker combinations and one-time passwords.

#2 GoodReader

GoodReader is a super-robust PDF reader for your iPhone or iPad. With GoodReader you can read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures. Use it once and you’ll be hooked. If you work with documents, soon you’ll be wondering how you ever managed to use your iPad or iPhone without GoodReader.

GoodReader’s commitment is to never monitor users or activity. They aim to be the most privacy-focused iOS productivity app in the market. They never ask for your personal information and there are no usernames or profiles. Use the tool at your leisure with zero monitoring.

#1 Wunderlist

Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist helps you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos. Organize and share your to-do work, grocery, movies, and household lists. No matter what you’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it super easy to get stuff done. Set Due Dates and Reminders and Assign to-dos. Whether your lists are work-related or just for fun, you will never miss a deadline again with Wunderlist in charge. Share your lists and work collaboratively on projects with your colleagues, friends, and family.

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