Apps to plan your workday
If you're still carrying around a paper planner, you're missing out. The app development world for smartphones has exploded in the last five years, and as such, there are more business productivity tools available now than ever before. Planning apps let you ditch the bulky notebook, save a few trees and maximize your time. These five Android apps can take you from Monday to Friday without missing a beat (or a meeting) and help you stay on track at work.
Day by Day Organizer
This app is free, beautifully designed and excellent for business use. What Day by Day does is sync with Google Calendar and Google Tasks and bring the combined functionality into a single Android-friendly application. This organizer makes it possible to plan your schedule and maintain to-do lists (with or without due dates) and then view them in different formats across all your devices. There's also a configurable widget layout for the home screen, and optional paid add-ons are available.
This super clean app claims to have more than 6 million users worldwide, and once you check out the interface, you'll wonder why that number isn't even higher. Doit.im is a task management app that allows you to create to-do lists, track the status of tasks, estimate how long tasks will take, and view a dashboard that shows what percentage of tasks are complete, incomplete or deferred. While it's not a replacement for full-featured project planning software, it's a great tool for regular workweek planning.
This free app isn't about planning meetings or making to-do lists, but it can help you plan your daily transportation in an efficient way. INRIX Driver Apps feature advanced real-time traffic navigation that automatically shifts as conditions change. This app recommends departure times for destinations, provides updates on road conditions and even helps you find an open parking space. INRIX stays informed by gathering crowdsourced data from more than 275 million devices to get the most accurate and up-to-date information possible.
Innovative and clever, RescueTime is a workday planning and productivity app designed to help you maintain an ideal work-life balance. This app runs in the background on any device and then provides you with an analysis (complete with a productivity score) that shows you how you spend your time every day. RescueTime takes note of how much time you spend on specific applications and websites, and you can log your offline work as well. The reports are clean and easy to understand, and the insight this tool gives you may help you find better ways to schedule your workweek. There is a free and a paid version of this app, and it is available across all types of devices, including laptops and desktops.
If you travel a lot for work, you need a planning app such as Google Trips. This Android app is free and easy to use, and it allows you to store all your itinerary information in one place. You can make last-minute travel plans and search for bundled plans (car, hotel, flight, etc.) directly in the app. As a bonus, it automatically provides you with information on fun things to do nearby, such as tourist destinations, restaurants and shopping, so if you have downtime or need to entertain clients, you don't have to do any additional research.