As much as I can be one to fight the technology obsession when it comes to activities such as reading and writing (Instagram is its own special obsession), sometimes I realize how much I use my iPhone and have to face the facts: technology is not only inevitable but also helpful. As nostalgic as I can be with a huge love for notebooks––I always carry one in my purse––and paperbacks, sometimes it’s just easier to open an app. I can’t always carry a book with me or read on a crowded subway train. Keeping track of multiple lists isn’t efficient, and being able to have everything in one place is.
There are three apps I use every day that make my life easier for list making, note taking, and reading. (read: I am a nerd.) Even if you can’t say list making or note taking are activities in which you take pleasure, these three apps just might make you a more productive human being, so they’re worth a try.
If you’re an obsessive list maker like I am, this app is essential. If you’re not, it’s still essential. There are many layers to Wunderlist; it’s a list of lists, which also include sublists. It goes beyond the monotony of a regular “to-do” list and allows you to organize and group lists, share lists, create reminders, create recurring items (daily, weekly, or monthly tasks), prioritize items, add notes and files to items, and, of course, check off the proverbial box (which is also a literal checkbox in this case).
You can download Wunderlist for your smartphone as well as your computer, so your lists will haunt you wherever you are and give you no choice but to get stuff done and forget nothing.
iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Mac
2. Awesome Note
I entered the world of AwesomeNote seven years ago, and I’m still here. I doubt I’ll leave anytime soon. People ask me why I don’t just use the Notes app that’s built into the iPhone, and it’s for two reasons: AwesomeNote is much prettier and way more dynamic. It’s another layered operation in which folders are created to hold notes and journal entries by category.
Customization extends from the basic alteration of backgrounds and typefaces to the addition of tags (so helpful!), photos, drawings, and voice memos. All notes are dated, can be secured with a passcode, and can be exported and shared easily. There’s also a calendar and to-do list if you’re looking for an all-in-one organizer sort of deal.
This has been my lifesaver for keeping track of articles and other reading material I find online and claim I’ll save and read later. With this app, I actually do read everything later because now it’s easier and all in one place. Pocket is essentially a bookmarking app that allows you to easily save articles or any web page straight to the app from wherever you find them and then makes them available offline (hello, underground reads). You can tag, archive, and favorite saved items for organizational purposes.
What I think I love most about Pocket, though, is the emails I get from them with a curated list of articles they think I’ll be interested in based on what I typically read. They know me well and are usually right. I end up with no shortage of reading material for a commute, the waiting room, etc.
iPhone, iPad, Android, Kobo, web browser