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There are tons of tools that can help with origination with the goal of streamlining stuff so you can be more focused and achieve more. I don’t claim to be an expert about the various apps that are available but here I will share with you a few of my favorites.
Dashlane. Dashlane is a password manager and digital wallet. Dashlane creates and stores strong passwords while at the same time automatically logging you in to web sites. This allows you to use different secure passwords for each site which is something that we should do but most of us don’t because it is too hard. Dashlane also can fill in purchase forms with credit card information and store receipts. The paid version allows you to synch all of this across any device and platform (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Mobile). It’s easy to use and makes for a much more secure way of moving through the digital world.
Pocket. Pocket allows you to save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device—phone, tablet or computer and can even be viewed offline. Pocket is integrated into more than 400 apps and is available for all major devices and platforms.
World Time Buddy. This app allows you to quickly figure out what time it is anywhere in the world and makes necessary adjustments for Daylight Savings Times. It also allows you to determine best time to schedule a meeting in multiple time zones. I find this one indispensable at work as otherwise I would be guessing when I should try to schedule a meeting with my colleagues in other countries, especially if I am setting up a meeting with more than two locations involved.
Feedly. With the demise of Google Reader I discovered Feedly which allows you to organize your favorite blogs, news sites, podcasts, and YouTube channels and access them all in one place. Adding something to Feedly is supported in a number of other apps and Feedly is available across platforms and is always in sync. The free version supports multiple layout options, auto-mark as read, tagging, and advanced sharing options.. They offer a paid “pro” version but I haven’t used it so I don’t know what else it may offer since the free version meets my needs very well.
One Note. My experience with One Note is not the app version but what comes with Office 2010. I use OneNote as a digital “Trapper Keeper” and it provides me a single place where I can gather all sorts of bits into one place – from my own notes, to clips from web sites, audio files and more. My main use of OneNote is the dumping place for all of those ideas and random things that I may want to refer to later.
What apps do you use to be productive while chasing your dreams? How do you use technology to be more efficient?