I’m in Helen (located in the North Georgia mountains) right now for a family reunion. While there is not much to do, it is beautiful and full of gorgeous autumn scenery. It also offers a welcome break from the real world – and thus some free time to write a blog post (something I am trying to do more regularly).
I always enjoy reading other bloggers’ and tech geeks’ top app lists. So, in the spirit of celebrating free time and my escape from the hustle and bustle of the real world – this post celebrates a few of my favorite productivity apps for the iPad and iPhone.
Without further adieu – here are my top mobile resources to get you on your way to becoming a productivity ninja.
FeedlerRSS – Just a simple and straightforward way to access your RSS on the go. Always a plus when you have a free moment to quickly get through your updated feeds. (I hate when I don’t have time to check Google Reader for a few days and I have over 1,000 unread items. I tend to just deleted by the dozen and potentially miss some great items.)
Instapaper – Instapaper is a Godsend. Gone are the days of e-mailing yourself a list of interesting links to check out when you have more time. With Instapaper you can simply click a button on your browser’s toolbar and the item is saved to the web app and the app on your iPad and/or iPhone to revisit at your convenience.
One of my favorite features of Instapaper are the editor’s picks. I almost always learn something new and find at least one article that is so interesting I cannot help but read it in entirety. I’ve used entire lunch breaks doing just that.
iAnnotate PDF – Their website says it best: “Use iAnnotate to read your PDFs, take your business paperless, and simplify your workflow. Anyone who works with PDFs will love it!”
iAnnotate PDF recently came in handy for at least one attendee (and respected productivity ninja) during our annual meeting – see his pro-tip here.
OmniFocus – Warning: This app is pricey. (Perhaps a bit too pricey, in my honest opinion) However, if you *love* to-do lists, I think you will like this app a lot. The interface is easy to navigate and allows you to quickly make very organized to-do lists. My only wish would be that there would be a way to see and/or export a list of completed tasks. (I love the satisfaction of crossing items off of a to-do list and this isn’t quite replicated with OmniFocus)
What are your favorite and/or most valuable productivity apps for the iPhone and/or iPad? We’d love to hear! Feel free to share in the comments.