Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Garret Stembridge of Extra Space.
Whether you’re an Android guy or an iPhone gal, one thing’s for sure: that smartphone simplifies your life, and you know it. No matter how organized you think you are or aren’t, we could all use a little help in making things easier and breezier. Try on these seven organizational apps I’ve found to make my days more productive, my tasks more efficient to complete and my head a bit clearer.
Admit it: You’ve always wanted a personal assistant to remind you of that meeting you almost missed today or that conference call number and code you needed to dial. It’d be nice to be alerted as to what kind of traffic to expect, where to park and what time to leave to ensure you arrive to an appointment on time. Enter EasilyDo. This app accesses info carried by things like your calendar, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, and then works in the background to figure out how to keep you on track with birthdays, events and so forth. It’s pretty miraculous.
It’s tax-filing time and the dreaded shoebox full of receipts is waiting to be painstakingly organized — something you have tons of time for, right? Say goodbye to that tired routine. With the Shoeboxed app, you can simply photograph that lunch or gas receipt and save it safely online. Once the image is downloaded, the receipt is sorted by date and filed under one of the spending categories such as travel, fuel, office supplies or meals. Now you can easily add up the expenses when it’s time to claim deductions and put that money back in your pocket.
Short on an interior designer budget? No problem. Try the Mark on Call app, designed by and for designers. Whether you’re a professional room arranger or an amateur buying your first can of paint, this tool will have you daydreaming of shapes and colors in no time. Not only can you recreate your room/houseplan on screen, you can also fill in the floor type, wall color and furniture to scale. What’s more, if you see a wallpaper pattern you like when shopping, simply photograph it and plug it into the app. Now you have an idea of how it would appear covering a whole wall inside your own home. Nifty.