As an entrepreneur, student & mother my time needs to be budgeted carefully. 2 years ago my husband gave me an iPad during tax season, and my life has never been the same. This year, I joined the ranks of iPhone users. Having that wealth of assistance by my side has been unbelievable! So here’s 10 of the apps that I’ve found to be incredibly helpful in the quest to manage my time wisely. Warning: You have to be careful not to get sidetracked by the other things on your phone. (I’m looking at you Words With Friends & Draw Something!)
I have the Skype app on both my iPad & iPhone. For my iPad, I have it set on my personal Skype account. But on my iPhone (which pretty much never leaves my side), I have it set to the business Skype account. This allows me to field calls/chat messages, until I’m willing to add a 3rd phone to my phone account.
I can’t smoothly do my entire post from the app, but I can get a hefty chunk of it. I can’t always add pictures, because sometimes I use pictures from Zemanta. I really use it for getting the major portion of writing done, and then I do final editing/tagging/pictures from my computer.
Admittedly, I haven’t figured out all the ins & outs of this one yet. I use TweetDeck on my desktop, but the reviews for the HootSuite app beat the TweetDeck ones, and I’m all about good reviews baby. 🙂 I’ve heard you can schedule tweets with HootSuite, and if I start utilizing that, I’ll definitely have it made in the Twitterverse!
4. Dragon Dictation
I just used this one for the first time last week, and oh my goodness. I’m. In. Love. It took some getting used to, because you have to speak all the punctuation and paragraphs. Once you get used to that, it’s amazing. I finished an entire post in less than 10 minutes. Now, there is a disadvantage to this software (besides the odd way of speaking); you have to be somewhere quiet to use it. Sometimes that’s harder than the length of time it takes to type up a post.
I personally use this for all the helpful ebooks I collect. Hubspot puts out great books for explaining how to use Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. I also have several books from ProBlogger.
This is a visual RSS feed. You subscribe to your RSS feeds, as well as Twitter, Facebook, etc. Then, rather than wading through tweets w/links, you can see the pictures/excerpts from those links & decide if you want to dive in. You can reply to posts from inside Flipboard, as well as share them with social media, and it’s all laid out like reading a magazine. I love it!
You can set yourself up with some brain-food (classical music), or rock it out to some energizing tunes. Or you can just use it shut out that noise of kids at play. Not that I have any personal experience with this. 😉
Pinterest can certainly be applied to a range of businesses, but let’s face it. Sometimes you need a burst of creative energy, or a good old-fashioned break. Pinterest is a great way to just take a moment, but be careful not to get too sucked in! It’s extremely easy to spend hours on that website. And having the app just adds to that.
It’s not technically in the same category, since it’s standard to the iPhone/iPad, but it’s extremely handy. I have my posts set up in Google Calendars, and they’re synced to my phone, so I get an alert reminding me what posts need written/posted/marketed. I also have photography challenge reminders in there, and my email is synced to both devices.
10. You Tell Me
Surprise! You didn’t think you could just read, and not participate did you? Well you still can, but it wouldn’t be as fun. I’d love to know, what’s your favorite time saving app? Or if you don’t use apps for that, what’s a great “taking a break app”? 🙂
Okay, now here’s where it gets really fun! I want you to make your own post, and link up with Angie at Many Little Blessings. She’s the new host of the Top Ten Tuesday carnival, and it’s a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!