The Top 10 iPhone & iPad Apps That Help Me Get Things Done

There are many ways that I approach getting my work done and even though I spend a good deal of my day on a Windows PC, I love my Mac and I love my Apple gadgets.

I thought I would share the apps that help me get my work done on my iPhone and iPad, personally and professionally.

My Top 10 iPhone / iPad Apps

  1. Drafts – I use this tool to capture my raw thoughts including follow up items, ideas, blog posts, journal items, tasks, actions and much more. It is a simple text editor with a large extensibility library. It has a clean interface which is why I love it.
  1. DayOne– This is my go-to journaling app. I use this to capture my thoughts on a subject, highlight what I have gotten done, reflection points and other items that I want to keep. It has a gorgeous interface and the calendar feature allows you to see all the days you have written a journal entry. This app with consistency.
  1. Evernote– This is my digital file cabinet and brain. I store everything in here. I archive notes, receipts, travel information, capture ideas using words and photographs, keep the audio files of speaking engagements or events and the list continues. It integrates seemlessly with the Mac desktop version, so all my files are synced and available when I need them.
  1. The Bible– I use this app on my iPhone and iPad everyday. Lifechurch.tv created this app to reach the masses with the Gospel of Christ. Everyday, I use the app to do my daily Bible reading as well as use it in church for taking notes and following along with scripture.
  1. Kindle– I love reading and I have a ton of books at the touch of my fingers thanks to this app. I strive to read at least 15 minutes a day or more as a personal habit. The interface is well-organized and it syncs all my notes and bookmarks so that I can have all my book highlights when I need them.
  1. Dispatch / Boxer– I use these two email apps in concert. Dispatch is only available on the iPhone. It pulls the emails nicely and allows me move between actions (and advanced options) nicely. Boxer is my email app of choice on the iPad. The design of the app is easy to follow and works in concert with all my cloud services.
  1. Passbook – I use Passbook to store all my boarding passes, membership cards (like REI) and my Starbucks card. It is great to have all this information readily available and it saves me time hunting through all my apps on the phone.
  1. 1Password – This app exists on all my devices (iPhone & iPad). It integrates with my desktop app because it uses the same vault. The integrated browser within the app allows me to surf the web and order items safely and securely. I never have to remember another password again…well, accept for my master password.
  1. Fantastical – This is my calendar of choice. It has a gorgeous interface and I can put all my calendar items in using normal language entry. For example, I can start a new calendar event that reads “Missions Committee Meeting at ABF on October 22 from 7pm to 9pm” and it will input all the items into the right fields. It’s amazing!
  1. Editorial – This is a beautiful text editor; however, it does far more than just text. You can write in markdown, insert links, develop workflows, insert Python scripting and myriad of other items. Fredrico Vettici wrote an incredible book on this app and all of its automation power. What I love about this app is the beautiful typeface it uses. For some reason, that really affects the way I am able to write within the app.

There you have it…my top ten iPhone / iPad apps. I use a lot more apps then just the ten listed here; however, these are the ones that really help me boost my productivity throughout the day.

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