It’s no secret that Of Mercer women have a bit of a geeky side. We’re big proponents of staying up to speed on the latest and greatest technologies. And since smart phones and tablets are two techy gadgets that we simply can’t live without, we’re always on the hunt for great apps to make our work (and really, our entire lives) more efficient. We’ve surveyed our officemates and consulted with our tech-savvy pals to put together a list of the top 12 apps for professionals. Take a peek below—you’ll wonder how you ever functioned without these handy gems.
Pocket: (iOS; Android) Ever come across a great article online but don’t have time to read it? This app can save articles (and videos) directly from your browser. It even works when you don’t have WiFi—so you can view saved content on the subway or even on a plane.
Trello: (iOS; Android) This project management app reigns supreme. Trello is great for collaborating with a team—especially when brainstorming ideas, allocating tasks, and monitoring checklists.
TeuxDeux: (iOS) Tired of constantly rewriting your lengthy to-do list on a paper notepad each day? Manage your daily to-dos in one place with TeuxDeux. Easily mark off finished tasks, while unfinished to-dos are rolled over to the next day.
TurboScan: (iOS; Android) This handy app allows you to take pics of documents with your smart phone and then turn them into PDFs or jpegs. Gone are the days for storing heaps of hard-copy receipts, contracts, and other paperwork.
LastPass: (iOS; Android) Have a million tricky passwords to remember (not to mention the ones that expire and change every 60 days)? LastPass is a secure way to store all your passwords in one single place.
30/30: (iOS) When you’re pulled in a 100 different directions at work, it can be hard to focus. 30/30 helps manage your work cycles by setting timers for tasks. When a timer is running, you can focus on getting one task done without distractions.
Doodle: (iOS; Android) When scheduling a meeting with many people from different workplaces, email chains can get out of control. Doodle lets meeting participants submit their daily schedules and then comes up with feasible meeting times for everyone.
SwiftKey: (iOS; Android) Have you ever sent an urgent text to a co-worker, only to have autocorrect jumble it up into something indecipherable? This app replaces your default keyboard with one that adapts to the way you type. It more accurately corrects typos and helps you type faster.
SignEasy: (iOS; Android) Need to sign an important document in hurry? It can be inconvenient to print out the doc, sign it, and then scan it. SignEasy helps you e-sign PDFs and Word docs anytime, anywhere.
Circa: (iOS; Android) Savvy professionals should always be up to speed on current events, don’t you think? Circa provides each day’s leading news stories in easy-to-read format, so you can quickly digest headlines over lunch or during a coffee break.
Venmo: (iOS; Android) A must-have app for instantly sending money to other people.—It’s great when the whole office is pitching in to buy the boss a birthday present or when you’re out to lunch with a large group of co-workers.
Mint: (iOS; Android) This app helps you keep an eye on your hard-earned money. Monitor multiple bank accounts and investments all in one place. Plus, the app helps you pay bills on time and budget for big expenses.
What are your favorite apps—for work, life, or leisure? We want to know about them! Tweet us @OfMercer.