It seems that our information is spread across an ever-expanding number of devices.
From computers to smartphones to tablets, home to work, and more.
How do you keep your information organized and in sync?
Today, I want to share 12 apps that effortlessly keep me in sync no matter where I am.
Keeping With Your Data
These days it can be a chore to keep up with all your data.
We use multiple devices at work and in our personal lives.
How do you easily access your information, files, and more?
Despite all the advances in technology, mobile devices, and cloud computing …you still find yourself searching for information and files.
Even harder than keeping up with all that information, can be keeping it in sync across your locations and devices.
Too often, I see people resorting to thumb-drives, external backups, or emailing files to themselves. (Do you do these?)
It shouldn’t take that much effort.
12 Apps To Sync Your Life
There are many great apps out there to keep your life in sync.
I use a Mac-centric setup including an iMac, iPhone, and iPad Mini. However, many of my recommendations also work or are available on other platforms.
Here are 12 Apps To Keep Your Life in Sync No Matter Where You Are:
- Things - Todos: For tasks, I use Things to keep me on track. It is the perfect blend of power and simplicity. Things does cost more than the freeware out there, but I think it is worth the investment. Get Things for Mac, Things for iPhone, and Things for iPad.
- Drafts - Quick Notes and Idea Capture: For taking quick notes, nothing is faster than Drafts. It sits in the home tray of my iPhone and iPad. When you open it, you are immediately presented with a blank screen to capture whatever quick thought was on your mind. You can later export these “drafts” to many other apps depending on where they belong. Get Drafts for iPhone/iPad.
- Day One - Journal: Day One was just named the Top App of 2012 in the Mac App Store. It is a wonderful journaling app that keeps my personal writings in sync across platforms. Get Day One for Mac or Day One for iPhone/iPad.
- Workflowy - Workflowy is powerful web-based outlining tool. It works best in a web browser and can capture all of your outlines and brainstorming. There is also an iPhone/iPad app. Get WorkFlowy for iPhone/iPad.
- iCloud - Contacts, Calendars, Backup: iCloud keeps my contacts, calendars, and more in sync across my Apple devices. I can capture contact information on my Mac, and it shows up my iPhone & iPad. Not to mention the other services that iCloud provides such as backup and “Find my iPhone.”
- Kindle – Books and More: I don’t buy paper books anymore, and Kindle lets me carry all of my reading material with me. It also marks my progress so that I can continue reading on any of my devices.
- Asana – Projects: Asana is a web-based project management application. It is simple to use and free for small teams. My virtual assistant and I use it to keep all my TMN projects on track. You can also access it from your iPhone and iPad. Check out Asana.
- Spotify - Music: Spotify forever changed how I manage my music library. In short, I don’t manage it anymore. Nor do I worry about syncing music among my devices. For a small subscription fee, Spotify lets me access any music in their library on any of my devices. Playlists sync across platforms so I always have my favorites with me. See Spotify.
- MindMeister - Mindmaps: Mindmaps in the cloud? No problem. Mindmeister is a web-based mindmapping app. You can use it on your computer via the web, and you can also use it on your mobile via their app. Get Mindmeister.
- Dropbox - Files: Dropbox is everywhere when it comes to keeping your documents in the cloud. It makes accessing your files simple no matter where you are. You can also easily share files with others. Interesting to note that many of the apps on this list use Dropbox for their cross-platform syncing capabilities. It has become the sync backbone for many applications. Get Dropbox.
- Evernote - Notes, Clippings, Etc.: Evernote keeps my notes and clippings in the cloud so that I can get to them no matter where I am. From photos of whiteboards, to meeting notes, to clippings from home, I always know where to find my miscellaneous notes. The recently updated user interface make another reason to take a look at Evernote if you haven’t been using it. Get Evernote.
- iaWriter - Writing: iaWriter is a minimalist word processing app. There are no bloated features. Just a super-simple app for writing text documents. It helps keep you focused on one thing. It is my go to app for writing on the iPad. And when I return to my Mac, the my docs are already there. Get iA Writer for Mac and iA Writer for iPhone/iPad.
Staying In Sync Effortlessly
Stop searching for data across your devices.
Let these apps keep your information in sync across your life.
I know that my files and information are at my fingertips, no matter where I am or what device I am using.
Question: What apps do you use to keep your life in sync?