14 Apps for Planners and Preppers
We know you’re busy. That’s why we’ve given you the scoop on tons of apps and tools to keep you on top of things. From the best calendar apps and top ways to beat procrastination to seven tools that act as your personal assistant and even tools to improve your focus, we’ve covered it all. It seems the people who get the most done are the ones who plan ahead. But you don’t have to be a Type A to be a planner or a prepper. These apps will get you on track to multi-tasking, note-taking and to-do-list conquering in no time.
1. Uniqlo Wake Up: To even start your perfectly planned out day, you’ll have to wake up. This app turns waking up into multi-tasking. You let it know where you are, and it will wake you up with a weather report, making getting dressed for the day that much faster. (Free on iOS and Android)
2. Any.do: The beautiful design will make you want to spend a lot of time on your to-do list, but this app aims to do just the opposite. Speak your tasks into the app and it will input them for you or use the auto-suggest function to spend less time typing. The app keeps track of everything and shares it seamlessly with your other devices. (Free on iOS and Android)
3. Clear: Everyone is busy, but this app can make your hectic schedule look smooth and simple. Load up your tasks and the beautiful interface will guide you to the finish on each one through reminders and organized lists. ($4.99 on iOS)
4. Planner Plus: This app wants to be your ultimate calendar, list maker and task keeper. It’s perfect for the super planner because you won’t be toggling between different apps to see all your schedules and to-dos. The app lets you put tasks in five different status categories and up to 25 priorities, so it can satisfy even the most rigid planner. (Free on iOS)
5. Task: For the planner who doesn’t want to spend too much time in their planning app, Task delivers. This app relies on just a few simple gestures to create to-do lists and marks things off as you go. Just a few taps gets you from viewing your whole month to seeing a simple list for the day. Plus, cloud storage makes your schedule easy to view on all your devices. ($.99 on iOS)
6. Evernote: If you thought this app was only good for taking notes, you have a lot to learn. Although we love the app for being the ultimate space to make to-do lists, we are obsessed with this app for its ability to do everything. Create your own reference libraries complete with photos, lists, videos and web pages and access them on any device. (Free on iOS and Android)
7. Sunrise: Behind every great planner is a great calendar, and Sunrise is a perfect choice. Not only does it have a beautiful interface, it’s integrated with your other favorite tools like Facebook and Google Maps, so you’ll always be in the know and on top of your schedule. (Free on iOS and Android)
8. Remember the Milk: Everyone knows how frustrating it is to forget something, but this app swears it can keep you from ever forgetting anything ever again. It keeps track of all your personal and professional tasks and brings in outside help from other tools like maps to alert you when you’re nearby a task that needs to be done. (Free on iOS)
9. GoTo Meeting: Every good planner needs to maximize time. This app can save you from the wasted time of face-to-face meetings, while still making you feel like you’re sitting down to chat with someone. Either share your screen or your video feed for seamless communication on almost any personal or professional topic. (Free on iOS and Android)
10. Stky: If you’re a planner who’s still using sticky notes to tackle your to-do list, please come into the modern world and download this app. No one can remember everything, but if you tell Siri to remind you to do something, Siri will tell Stky about it, and it’s quite possible you’ll never forget anything again. (Free on iOS)
11. Google Now: If Google isn’t the ultimate tool for planners, we don’t know what is. The Google Now app will put a bevy of tools at your fingertips, from maps and traffic updates to your calendar and mail. (Free on iOS and Android)
12. Post-It Plus: If you’re really struggling to get rid of your Post-It habit, this app will do the trick. Take a photo of all those notes, and the app will digitize and organize them for you on your phone. So now you can reference the notes from anywhere without giving up the compulsion to scrawl your thoughts on a tiny sheet of sticky paper. (Free on iOS)
13. Google Keep: Just like the name suggests, this app keeps everything. It stores all your ideas and notes in a searchable platform with tons of features. Record voice memos, see location-based reminders and easily find all your archives on any device. (Free on Android)
14. Todoist: If you’re a list maker, this app will rock your world. Make your to-do list and access it from 13 platforms and devices, give details to tasks by adding sub-tasks and even delegating to others. Features like colored priorities and due dates make it easy, and even fun, to use. (Free on iOS and Android)
Got an app that helps you be your best planner? Let us know in the comments below!
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