One of the few things we all have in common is limited time. No matter who you are, what you do or where you go, we all only still only get the same 24 hours per day–and some of that is hopefully spent sleeping. My time was well-spent in New York last week when AUTHORS.me teamed up with the local Womens Media Group for Appy Hour: Productivity Edition for a night of networking and app sharing–and we want to share them with you! We compiled the 12 apps that were universally agreed to be essential for productivity, and included another 30+ that were crowd favorites across different modes.
I could not believe the amazing conversations we had! For one night only, a delightfully diverse group of publishing professionals and industry folk descended upon the downtown manhattan space in pursuit of the same thing: the hope to find the next app or tool for their arsenal in the battle against time and its attention-diverting minions.
Together, we shared the tools that make bits of our chaotic lives a little more manageable, from email and project management tools to web conferences and list making apps and more. This list of apps curated by publishing and tech professionals will help you get everything in order.
Over a veritable (but reputable) technological bacchanalia and loads of conversations, we learned about new apps and some member favorites that I just could not wait to share.
Up first I’ve compiled a list of the Favorite Apps that those in attendance mentioned. At the bottom of the page you’ll find the full selection of apps and tools mentioned throughout the evening. And if I’ve missed one of your favorite apps, please share!
Since the common theme at the end was that it was such a “fun and informative event,” we’ll be doing a follow-up sometime soon so stay tuned.
Zoom — the Number One web conferencing app is the top dog for a reason. Powerful (paid) tool featuring full cloud-based collaboration tools, screen sharing, HD streaming, dial-in options and more.
Doodle — allows you to send attendees a poll of what times you’re free to eliminate all the usual back and forth.
Sococo — complete with virtual “rooms,” your remote team members can be in one place and visualized, complete with screen sharing and options for voice, audio, and video sharing.
Trello — a visual project management tool that uses cards to organize projects. “Trello’s boards, lists and cards enable your whole team to prioritize projects in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way.”
Asana — a great tool to use for collaborative projects or solo ones. Includes timelines, notes, tags, categories, ability to upload files and various third party app integrations.
Flow — Similar to Asana, flow is a highly organized, visual took optimized for collaboration. “Flow is a team task manager that makes it easy to delegate tasks, prioritize to-do lists, and make sure nothing gets missed.”
Evernote — Workhorse note keeping. Has multiple levels of use (paid and free) that allow for in-depth note taking including images, to-do lists and more.
Google’s Keep — If you use other Google products often, then this is the app for you. Includes a Chrome extension (of course!)
Cozi — Cozi is also a great way to share notes, lists, and calendars with family (e.g., shared grocery list).
Google’s Inbox — allows you to easily organize and group messages, as well as schedule reminders.
MixMax — allows you to schedule emails to be sent later, to see when your messages are opened, and to include polls and more within your message.
Gmelius — fully customize the look of your inbox to help you increase productivity and efficiency. Schedule emails, take notes, avoid phishing and more with this gmail extension.