4 great apps for managers

In the midst of your busy life, software on your laptop, or an app on your smartphone or tablet can make your life MUCH easier. Here are four apps I use all the time … have a look at the YouTube videos to get an idea if they’ll become your favorites as well.


Google Keep

google_keepThis is a note-taking app. It’s super-easy and you can type a note, write it with a stylus or your finger on a touch screen, take a photo, or even record a short message, which is then typed on your screen.

I love this app and use it all the time. It’s especially useful because it’s also available on my laptop, saves notes automatically, and syncs between my smartphone and my laptop.

Have a look!

Android app on the Google Play Store here.

Web-based version that runs in your browser here.

Look at the YouTube video below to see how it works:

 


Trello

trelloI use Trello for project management – it’s super easy to use. I can add all the detail I need to, but also get an overview of the state of the project at a glance.

It’s also available as a mobile app for your smartphone and also as a web app. Syncs across devices. You can collaborate with your team using Trello.

Try it and let me know if you like it as much as I do!

Android app on the Google Play Store here.

Web-based version that runs in your browser here.

Look at the YouTube video below to see how it works:


Jing (by Techsmith)

jingLove this little app. Runs on my laptop and I’ve set up a keyboard shortcut to instantly take a screenshot of whatever I want on my screen and save it as a PNG.

The reason why I love it so much, is that you can capture a screenshot, and then annotate it by drawing arrows, boxes and textboxes. It’s the easiest way to “discuss” something on your screen … I grab a screenshot and email or WhatsApp it to a team member.

You can also do short screencasts (videos of what is happening on your screen).

Web-based version that runs in your browser here.

Look at the YouTube video below to see how it works:


Pocket

PocketYou know how you sometimes find a great website and when you go looking for it a month or three later, you just cannot find it? That’s a problem you won’t have if you use Pocket. Pocket is an easy way to save links to anything online, and you can use keywords to sort what you find into categories.

There’s mobile version of it, but also a plugin for your browser, so that you can save directly from your laptop.

Android app on the Google Play Store here.

Web-based version that runs in your browser here.

Look at the YouTube video below to see how it works:

 

 


About the author

Lalien CilliersLalien Cilliers. Project Manager. Content Development Manager. eLearning Developer & ICT Trainer [MIITP]. Website creator and social media pager. Helping others learn tough stuff the easy way. Eternally curious. Author of: 9 things you should know … if you ever want to become a manager: The New Manager series and A Guy’s Guide: New Home: How to Find and Furnish Your Own Place