Boost your productivity with these power apps

Oh, if only there were more hours in the day! What wouldn’t we give for an extra hour or two to read the paper, learn how to bake, take leisurely walks and sit down to play with the kids….

While it looks like we’re stuck with 24 hours, 7 days a week, there are apps that can help you boost your productivity to make the most of the time you have. It’s always better to work smarter, not harder.

These apps will help you stay on top of the to do list, hopefully squeezing in some more time for the fun stuff.


If you have even one tech minded person in your life, chances are they are raving about Evernote. It’s a digital planner, scrapbook and note-taking tool. You can save links and PDFs from the web straight to Evernote, take notes using voice memos, text entries or photographs and there’s a great search function for when you just can’t remember the exact details of what you were trying to remember!

Give it a try for yourself as it’s one of those apps that you get out of it what you put into it.

Dragon Dictation

Oh, what I would have given for this app back when I was in school, laboriously writing out study notes. Yes, yes, I know it helps you to learn to write things out and reinforce rote learning… but still! My right hand cramps in pain thinking of all those pages of A4 notes.

Dragon Dictation uses very clever voice recognition software to transcribe your notes. If you’re not a dab hand at typing, this could be an amazing time saver app for you.

Read it later apps

Between my Twitter feed, Flipboard and Zite, I go through a lot of links in a day. I don’t always have time to read them when I’m out and about, so I use Pocket, a free ‘read it later’ app that saves all my links in a nice, easy to use app for reading offline later, saving time when I eventually get around to catching up on my reading.

Who needs an office?

Cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and Mega allow you to access those all important files no matter where you are.

Meanwhile, awesome apps like Turbo Scan eliminate the need for costly office equipment. Whether you’re on the move or working from home, the apps transforms your iPhone camera into a pocket sized scanner to compile PDF and jpeg files with multiple pages. It comes with some clever tools to get the colour, sizing and shaping right. Once your file is ready to go, you can print or email it. It’s also great for taking better than average photo memos.

What apps save you time?

These are some of our favourite time saving apps, what are yours? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. D Burgess says:

    Personally I like the Livescribe smart pens. They record sound and by using their special notebooks all that you write as well, linking sound and written notes together, you can download to your computer both sound and notes and can playback sound whilst reviewing your notes. Even the pen with the smallest memory, (which I have), is good for around 200 hours of recording.

  2. Neville Dipell says:

    Sounds OK, but where do you get them??

  3. graeme Heap says:

    Hi Louise – Some advice please.

    I have a Lenovo laptop, mainly for writing articles/emails.
    I’d like to combine with a Smart phone and

    Mostly for small-scale home use/sports club.

    What would be the friendliest combination, price included?

    Graeme Heap

  4. Frank says:

    I love Flipboard. It’s the ‘magazine’ that connects easily with all the news and interest topics that I like to keep abreast with. It’s great too for finding out what’s new in the world of Mac!

  5. Keri says:

    I find – LOCAL DIRECTORY- a great app free to download, makes finding business and phone and address so quick, also COLOUR NOTE is Great to & free, no adds.