10 Productivity Apps I Love on My Mac

By Daniel Nilsson on August 4, 2015 in Tools
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10 Productivity Apps I Love on My Mac

I constantly look for new ways, tools, perspectives and ideas to be more productive and create better results. But is it really worth all the time it takes to find all these new tools? Yes, I think so and to save you the effort, I present the 10 productivity apps I love the most on my Mac, that can help you to be more productive.

1. Evernote – Organize and search all your notes

In the past I was always taking notes using a standard paper notebook and it worked well, but I couldn’t search my notes and organize them in a good way. That is the value you get with Evernote. With this tool you can take notes and easily organize them using both your computer and smartphone. Personally I use Evernote for my business notes, personal notes, saving articles I really like, recipes I want to save and I use it to save the location and description of amazing restaurants I have visited. No matter if you are a new or old user of Evernote, make sure that you check out all the apps that connect to the service.

2. Wunderlist – The beautiful to do list

I use the Get Things Done methodology and it have really helped me to make sure I get more done in a day than I could ever dream of. Using Wunderlist on my Mac, iPhone and iPad, I can easily add new tasks no matter where I am and I can do it fast. Then I have several views where I can easily see what needs to be done and create a priority.

3. Dropbox – File sync and backup to the cloud

Backup is always tricky and my solution is to use Dropbox. All my important documents are stored in the cloud and are automatically synced between all my computers. Another great feature of Dropbox is the ability to share documents with other people in a really simple way.

4. Photo – Organise your photos

Photographs are documents of our lives. Memories we don’t want to forget and the organization of them are important. My solution to this is to use my iPhone to take photographs and then have them automatically synced to Photo using iCloud. Photo then helps me to view my photographs by events, dates, faces or places. In addition I have added all my old photographs so I can view my 52 000 photos on any device. I love it!

5. Spotify – Music in my ears

Being productive in noisy and disturbing environments can sometimes be really difficult. My solution to this is Spotify, a clouded music service that you can have on your mobile device and your computer. They offer millions of songs and one of the best features is “Playlist” where you simply can create your own or listen to other people’s playlists of great music.

6. Sunrise Calendar

Sunrise is a free calendar made for Google Calendar, iCloud and Exchange. Sunrise also connects with my favorite apps like Facebook, Evernote, Wunderlist, Foursquare and more to make sure I am always up to date with all the events happening in my life.

7. Pocket – Save an article for later reading

There are so many well-written and exciting articles but sometimes you just don’t have the time to read a really long article. Then I use Pocket to save it for later. Pocket is available for all type of devices and makes it possible to save a web address so you can read it later.

8. Skype – Call anyone

This amazing app has been around for a long time and is for me the best app for chat and calling business associates. It works well no matter where you are and I think the quality is really good. In addition to this I use Skype when I am traveling to call home for a really low cost.

9. 1Password – Manage your logins, passwords and credit cards

Today we use many sites and services and they all require a login. Remembering all logins and password are very difficult. I use 1Password to save and store all my usernames, passwords, codes, credit cards etc.

10. Airmail 2

An amazing email client that is beautiful and very fast. It helps me to quickly process all emails and sort them. In addition the search function is really good which always is appreciated when you need to find one email among 10 000. The application connects to all your favorite email services such as Exchange and Gmail. In addition it connects to apps and services such as Dropbox and Evernote.

The Photograph for this post is taken by David Joyce. Please visit his Flickr Profile by clicking this link. 


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Daniel NilssonView all posts by Daniel Nilsson
Growth Strategist from Sweden. Believe growth is founded in a customer centric approach and he uses this focus when helping people and organizations grow. He creates strategies, tools and processes that once implemented, creates a shift, moving people and organizations from good to amazing. Daniel has over 18 years’ experience of growing organizations. He is the co-founder to Sweden’s leading student magazine, Metro Student. He is the creator of the world's leading tool for building partner programs. He has helped several organizations transform from good to amazing.

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