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Must-have productivity apps for people on the go
If your job entails being on the road or in the air most of the time, you know how challenging it can be to keep both your personal and professional worlds organized. In an ideal world, you’d have a fantastic personal assistant keeping everything running. However, if you’re like most mobile workers, that’s just a pipe dream.
But what you do have is a smartphone—and with the help of some of today’s most productivity-boosting business apps, you can turn that handheld into not one, but several digital assistants that all fit right into your pocket!
Meet your exclusive scribe
So, you’re on your way to a meeting and suddenly it hits you: you forgot to add a key point to the presentation you’re about to give!
Instead of digging through your bag for a pen and an old receipt on which to jot your idea, we’ve got another solution for you. It’s called Google Keep. This note-taking app allows you to verbally annotate a thought and turns that recording into text. Once you arrive at your meeting, just copy and paste the text into your PowerPoint®.
Apart from that, Google Keep is also great for typing notes directly and storing them for later. The interface is clean, it’s very user-friendly and best of all, it color-codes your notes based on topic, date or importance. You can even turn notes into quick checklists that allow you to keep track of your progress.
An accountant—in your pocket
If you’re constantly on the go, you probably don’t have the luxury of a great office filing system to keep all your expenses in one place, let alone one that follows you wherever you go.
That is, until you get Certify Mobile. This handy accounting app helps you track all your expenses while you’re on the go. Simply take a photo of your receipt, and the app automatically places it into fields such as name, amount and category.
And if you’re prone to going over budget, this app can provide you with a warning as you venture closer to your limit.
Your logistics manager has arrived
To successfully coordinate and organize your own time when you’re on the road is no easy task. Now imagine having to do that for a whole team of people!
Tripit is an app that helps you plan your whole itinerary and stay on schedule—everything from airline, rental car and hotel reservations to directions, maps and weather forecasts for multiple destinations. Plus, “Tripit for Teams” enables you to sync up that itinerary with your colleagues. That way, instead of you doing all the organizing and coordinating, Tripit does it for you.
Your navigator shows you the way
Traveling by car is great, because it gives you tons of flexibility. But traveling with public transport gives you more time to continue working or catch up on some reading.
So if you feel like going public on your next trip, Hop Spot will really come in handy. Hop Spot will show you exactly where to find the train, bus, ferry or taxi that is closest to you. It also gives you current schedules and estimates of how long the trip will take.
And if you want to make extra sure that it’s taking you to the right place, there’s also the option to view a detailed map of your chosen route.
Your valet awaits
The following has probably happened more times than you’d care to remember: you come out of a successful, yet exhausting, meeting and walk into the giant parking garage where you parked your car. There’s only one problem: you don’t have the foggiest idea of where exactly you parked it!
Car Locator is the solution you’ve been waiting for. Once you’ve installed the app, all you need to do when you find yourself in the above mentioned situation, is press a button. It will locate your car and guide you to exactly where you parked it. Every time!
A traffic scout that is your eye in the sky
On your way to a meeting in the middle of the day, and want to avoid being waylaid by traffic jams?
Waze could help you avoid that sticky situation. Not only does it give you great directions, it notifies you in real time of potential traffic problems—from other Waze users—and automatically reroutes your trip. With Waze you might just be on time every time.
One tiny device, a team of amazing assistants
Who would have known that with these smart apps, your smartphone could be the key to a more productive, more organized and less stressful business day? Check out these and other productivity apps to make your next business trip a snap.
Note that some apps may not be available in every national market. Check your iTunes or Google Play app stores to find those that are available in your region.
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