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10 Apps for Administrative Productivity and Organization

This is the second article in a two-part series on productivity apps for admins by Julie Perrine. You can read part 1 here.

As an administrative professional, you need to be productive and organized wherever you go. But hauling around your work laptop 24/7 isn’t exactly practical. The solution? Smartphone apps! Here are my 10 app category favorites.

  1. Travel Planning Apps: Whether you’re the one traveling, or simply attempting to get your executive from point A to point B, travel planning apps can be a life saver. Tripit, my personal favorite, creates a mobile itinerary available at the tap of your screen. Just forward your confirmation emails to the app (hotel, rental car, airline tickets, etc.), and Tripit will organize them all in one place including directions between locations. I also recommend SeatGuru, GateGuru, and the apps for a hotel, airline, and ground transportation companies you use the most.
  2. To-Do List Apps: Long on to-dos and short on time? Enter your habits, tasks, and hobbies into a to-do list app such as SuperNote, Wunderlist or Timeful. Timeful will suggest the optimal time to complete them. This smart app even “learns” your schedule and adapts to your busy and available times.
  3. Project Management Apps: Teamwork is, by far, my favorite project management app. It’s what I use to keep my own team on track. You can update statuses, track time and tasks, and get real-time updates on all your projects. Others you may want to research include Trello, Asana, and Basecamp.
  4. Virtual Meeting Apps: For far-flung teams or admins supporting on-the-go executives, online meeting apps help keep everyone on the same page. My team uses GoToMeeting, Skype, and Facetime to meet “face-to-face” using technology. Chat by phone or video conferencing, record meetings, and share screens to keep each other up to date, even if you’re continents apart!
  5. Cloud-Based File Storage: Tired of attaching documents to emails and relying on track changes to keep up with multiple people editing the same files? Need to access your work from any device, anywhere? Dropbox, Box, Amazon Cloud Drive, or OneDrive may be the solution. Update, backup, and share files with your executive and team – no flash drives needed!
  6. Note Taking Apps: A robust note-taking solution, such as Evernote or OneNote, makes it easy to organize, capture, and share everything from that awesome picture you took of the sunrise to your administrative procedures binder. Work from anywhere on any device and capture everything in one handy digital notebook!
  7. Currency Converter Apps: Quick, what’s the current exchange rate for the yen? I don’t know, either – but Convert Pad does. It quickly converts any currency, but it goes a step above and beyond by converting measurements, too – inches to centimeters, kilometers to miles, etc. There are a lot of free currency converter apps available, so search for the one that is simplest to use for your specific needs.
  8. Time Zone Converter Apps: Time zones can be tricky, especially if you or your executive is working virtually from another state or country. I use the Time Zone Converter by TimeAndDate. Another cool one is World Time Buddy. It not only lets you check the time in any part of the world, it also shows you color-coded business hours in your specified time zone, making it easier to schedule meeting times.
  9. Business Card Scanning Apps: Anyone who’s ever attended a conference or networking event knows just how quickly all those business cards stack up. WorldCard Mobile scans those cards, adds the info as a new contact or updates an existing one. It even allows you to connect to the person straight from their business card!
  10. iBooks, Kindle, or Other eReader Apps: Want to catch up on the latest industry trends on your lunch break or finally finish that novel on a long flight? Don’t lug your entire library with you. An eReader makes your bookshelf portable and saves space in your briefcase or carry-on bag.

The days of being tied to a desk or a computer are long gone. With these apps, productivity and organization are literally at your fingertips. Take a few minutes to explore the app store for solutions you need, and turn your smartphone into a productivity powerhouse!

What are your favorite productivity and organization apps? Share your favorites in the comments below.


About Julie Perrine

Julie Perrine is an administrative expert, author, and all-around procedures pro. She is the founder and CEO of All Things Admin, a company dedicated to developing innovative products, training, and resources for administrative professionals worldwide. Julie’s upbeat, step-by-step approach to handling the opportunities and challenges facing administrative professionals provides proactive strategies for developing a plan, creating forward motion, and achieving great results.

She is the author of two books: The Innovative Admin: Unleash the Power of Innovation In Your Administrative Career and The Organized Admin: Leverage Your Unique Organizing Style to Create Systems, Reduce Overwhelm, and Increase Productivity.

Julie will be one of the featured speakers at the 2017 Conference for Administrative Excellence in Las Vegas this October. She will be presenting a general session on What To Do When There’s Too Much To Do: The Productive Admin’s Guide to Managing Time.

Connect with All Things Admin on LinkedIn and on Facebook. Follow Julie on Twitter.

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19 thoughts on “10 Apps for Administrative Productivity and Organization”

  1. Thanks for the list! It’s really hard to keep tabs on all the apps out there, so having a list from a trusted source helps the search not be so overwhelming!

  2. I recently was looking for a time zone converter to inform my boss of the change to one of the webinars he was to attend. Thanks for this article.

  3. Thank you!! There are some I have tried, am still using and some I’ll give it a try on my personal phone as we are not allow third party apps unless it goes through an IT vetting.

  4. Thank you for this information. There are a lot of applications that I was not aware of, so anything to make my like easier, I’m all for it. All of these articles have been so helpful. I appreciate the sharing of everyone’s knowledge.

  5. Linda from St. Louis, MO

    Julie,

    Thank you for sharing all your app tips from yesterday and today. I know quite a few of them would have helped me at different times. In some ways, I’m a little old school. I still remember some of my shorthand from high school days. Sometimes when my boss is giving me directions, I all of a sudden start using it! 🙂 I will definitely look into using these apps.

    All the best to everyone!

  6. I do use several of these apps, such as Evernote, OneDrive, and DropBox. I’m happy that I’m not completely behind the times, lol. I do love to find new apps and test them out. If I don’t like one, I uninstall and move to one that works for me. Apps are becoming a way of life for everyone!

  7. Christine Garcia

    Yet another timely article! Thank you ODI and Julie Perrine. I already use several of these apps but need to check out some of the others.

  8. I really struggle with e-readers. I spend a minimum of 40 hours a week staring at a screen. I can’t bring myself to do it for another 20+ while I’m reading. Besides, you drop a book and don’t have to worry about it shattering. Can’t say the same about an e-reader.

    1. Sharon Chaplain

      Cam, I used to also (still do sometimes). But when you can finish one book and start another and not have them both in your carry on or purse, it does have benefits. I have both an “old” kindle and a kindle fire that I read from. The eye strain of the day dictates which one I use-the fire has a better lit screen that doesn’t hurt tired eyes as much.

  9. Remember that if you are adding apps to a corporate device, you should get permission from your IT department first. You also need to be aware of what information the app has access to on your device and what their privacy rules are.

    Being in Canada, our organization has a rule that we are not to use any programs or apps that store information outside of Canada. It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure they follow corporate rules.

  10. This is great information. The issue that I have at my position that we are such a large company, there are strict regulations on using any non-approved apps. Luckily, I do have a personal cell and not a business cell phone so I can get around this if need be.
    Thanks for providing all of this wonderful information. I am truly enjoying it.

  11. I’m sure this list could really go on and on to simplify our lives both in and outside the office, thanks so much for the treasure trove of tools!!!

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