Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Apps review: Productivity tools

Written by Christine Sturgeon, IASL President

What’s your favorite holiday?  Here are the results from a 2011 Harris poll:

1. Christmas
2. Thanksgiving
3. Halloween
4. Fourth of July
5. Easter

Me, I have to agree with the #6 choice, New Year’s Day.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my mom’s Christmas fudge and my mother-in-law’s pumpkin pie.  But the thing I love most about New Year’s isn’t the food (though I do have some black eyed peas and greens for good luck every January 1st).  It's getting a clean slate.  You know, New Year’s resolutions!  And since it’s now a good four weeks past the holiday, I thought I’d share some of my favorite productivity tools that are really helping me to keep my goals for 2014.  (And you know, you don’t have to wait until January 1st to have a clean slate - there’s always a Monday right around the corner!)

And please - pipe in with your favorites.


Workflowy is my #1 productivity app.  I’ve been using it for about a year, and it still is going strong for me.  It’s basically a blank web page, private to you, that you use to make lists.  If you are an outline kind of gal or guy, Workflowy is for you.

Watch these videos to learn how it works.  As their video says, “It’s like a single sheet of paper, that holds your entire brain.”  

Habit Master

I’ve tried out lots of new productivity apps this month, and they all have their place.  My favorite new app was a purchase ($2.99), and I’m loving it.  You can list different goals, and name them either daily, weekly, or monthly.  If you’re like me and like marking off your to-do list, you’ll like this one.

Wonderful Day

Here’s another paid app ($0.99) that does a nice job for those who have many goals.  It has a really nice visual feel to it, too.

Golden Scale

Golden Scale is good if you have one big goal - stopping smoking, exercising daily, e.g. And it's free!

Habit Monkey

 Habit Monkey is another nice free app for keeping track of multiple goals.


 Everest is a nice free app that I’ll use when I have a big project with several disparate steps.  I think Everest has a social media aspect to it, too.

Really, I think any of these would work, it's just what you're willing to stick with. What are your favorite productivity apps?