Over the last few years, like many people, I have made the transition to mobile products for all of my technological needs. I use a MacBook Pro at work, I purchased a MacBook for my home, and I carry an iPhone in my pocket. All of my work, communication, planning, and writing can be done in any location.
As a result of our ever-mobilizing culture of life and work, apps for our phones, computers, and tablets have become increasingly important to how we live. As a new feature to the blog, I will periodically list the apps that are most useful to me at the moments. But I also want to hear from you about what the are trusted ones you’ve used for a while and what new ones you’ve discovered that the rest of us need to know about.
Here are the top 5 apps in my life right now:
- Twitter. Yes, I use the regular, standard-issue app from Twitter. Right now, I do not schedule tweets but usually “shoot from the hip.” Sometimes that’s good and sometimes… well, not so much.
- Evernote. I am not as obsessive about my Evernote files as others. However, in my new role, it is becoming a go-to app for organizing my work. I sync it between all of my devices to keep notes, organize thoughts, plan my writing, help with church life, and keep up with various projects at work.
- Dropbox. Due to intellectual property rights issues, my company does not use Dropbox as a file sharing system. But, I continue to use it in my personal life. I like being able to dump a word processing file in and pick it up on another computer to continue working on it. Plus, with the iPhone app, I can drop in files that I might need when traveling as well.
- Gate Guru. If you do any flying at all, I suggest you get this one. Whenever I hit a layover, I like to know what restaurants are close to my gate. There are several apps like this one but so far, it has been most helpful for me.
- Yelp. While in New Orleans this summer on business, I began using Yelp. (Yes, I know I’m late to the party on this one.) Being my first time in N.O., it was a huge help to eat at the right places and no what to avoid. It is great for anywhere, whether you are home or away, to discover new places in town.
What is your favorite app right now?