Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr.
Smartphones have arguably replaced dogs as man’s best friend and what makes us particularly glued to our devices is the type of mobile apps we have installed.
Many of us have a number of apps on our phones but we probably use between five and ten apps at the most per day. If I use my personal experience as an example, I use an average of twelve apps per day. I will be sharing five of them today.
These apps help me to develop content, organise my daily tasks, enhance team collaboration, and manage my schedule. Much more, the apps help me to stay productive. Let me point out here that when it comes to my mobile connectivity, there are two things I also look out for – improved productivity and security.
Here are my top five mobile apps for 2018.
The number of accounts compromised online is on the rise and it is expected that through carelessness or some other reasons, more people will be hacked, one way or the other and this is because security remains one of the biggest challenges on the Internet today.
Carefully using Lastpass will improve your online security greatly because one of the easiest ways to get any web property hacked is exploiting weak passwords. This password management tool allows me to generate and store my passwords in the cloud in an encrypted format.
This is, however, not to say that Lastpass is 100 per cent full proof but it should help greatly as a number of experts have stated that using a password manager remains a top security tip that can be given to anybody. My advice to you is that if you still use a notepad or brainpower to store your password, you need to switch to a password manager as that will better serve the purpose.
Evernote is one of those silently successful apps that have seen the likes of Onenote and Keep being created to challenge it. I cannot fully describe how much value Evernote has brought my way since I started using it.
I simply refer to Evernote as an e-filing cabinet that helps anyone achieve an easy way of filing and retrieving any key information when needed. It can be used to virtually carry out anything, ranging from note taking to book writing, running a paperless system, to bills collection, and storing photos and audios, among others.
One of the most interesting things that I enjoy about Evernote is that I am able to use it seamlessly on all my devices as it syncs automatically, saving my data on Evernote’s secured server. The mobile version is cool and handy. I have since stopped typing anything on my PC’s notepad since I switched to Evernote because it keeps my content safely in the cloud.
This app is so valuable to me that I have moved to the premium version in order to support the company to continue to innovate while I also become more productive.
Managing a team, especially if they are virtual, can be a herculean task. This makes Asana an indispensable tool for me. It enables me to keep track and manage things properly. This tool offers the right management tools for teamwork, light collaboration, task management and much more.
If, for example, I need to get a task, such as updating a website, done; I will simply open the app, type out the heading and description of the task. Next, I will assign it to the team mate that will take charge of the project and if I wish, I could select a date that will serve as the deadline and the person is alerted by Asana of a pending task.
Other key features of Asana include workspace, which houses your projects as well as your individual inbox and tasks. There are also options to colour-code projects to mark them out according to priorities as well as archive finished projects, create new projects, and much more.
The influence of social media keeps rising. However, its distracting tendencies make it imperative for us to find tools that will keep our productivity levels high. One of such tools I use frequently is Hootsuite which can be used to manage all social media accounts including scheduling messages for future publishing.
In my case, I simply break and organise different social media platforms into different columns which gives me a bird’s eye view of what is happening on each account at any point in time.
In addition, you can monitor keywords, manage multiple Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts, schedule messages as well as measure various strategies.
Finally, one of the apps that I find very interesting is a calendar management app called Cal. It was developed by the guys behind the Any.do app and what I like the most about it is its simplicity and intuitiveness.
With Cal, I am able to schedule meetings, set up tasks and reminders, and so on. It has a feature called Heads Up that brings up the next task on the screen of the phone.
There are a number of other very cool apps out there that you will find most useful, especially, if you want to stay more productive in 2018. The reality is that, the challenge of information overload is on the rise and in order to better manage it, you will need certain tools to assist you.
I have come to accept the reality that even though the Internet and mobile technology have brought us so much convenience, there is a tendency for us to end up less productive, if we do not control the amount of information that we have to deal with every day.
It is my hope that these mobile apps will help you greatly, as you begin the journey into 2018.
— CFA is an ICT Expert and Founder, www.cfatech.ng
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