Free Enterprise Staff  | August 28, 2014

4 Essential Apps for Getting Organized

A co-worker who is always on top of her work; a good friend who somehow manages to balance her school, work, and family commitments; a family member who has never been late for an appointment in his life—we all know people whom we envy for their organization prowess.

But what’s stopping you from becoming the organized person of your dreams?

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you might be getting in your own way, according to the findings of a report from the Barna Group. Six out of 10 Americans, the study concluded, view procrastination as a serious problem in their everyday lives. This problem is especially widespread among a certain subset of millennials, a survey revealed, with 75% of workers aged 26 to 35 reporting they waste time at work on a daily basis.

Luckily, you don’t have to go about organizing your life on your own. Indeed, a number of businesses have sprung up over the past few years that specifically aim to help even the most disorganized among us. Ranging in size, scope, and objective, these companies are leveraging technology to seize on a market opportunity.

Because life doesn’t come with an organization manual, we’ve done the legwork for you.  We’ve compiled a list of some great apps that can help organize your life and boost your productivity, freeing you up to do, well, whatever you want with your free time—even if it’s procrastinating about what to do with it.

1. Timeful: Launched this year, Timeful is not your typical calendar app. The free app, which is available for iOS devices, syncs with your work and personal calendars and helps you make time for the activities, meetings, or events that you actually want to do. Its uncomplicated interface allows you to add any task of your choosing, along with how long it will take and when you’d like to fit in it. Over time, the app learns when and how you check items of your to-do list, enabling it to make recommendations for when to call your dad, for instance, or hit the gym.

2. Fiverr: Fiverr is a convenient marketplace where you can find people willing to do any manner of tasks—all for a standard $5 fee. The company, which has an e-marketplace as well as a mobile app that’s sold in both the Apple and Android stores, allows you to find someone to do all of those tedious or otherwise annoying assignments you’ve been putting off.

3. Evernote: If you don’t already use Evernote, you’re missing out. The service is available across all your devices, including your personal computer, tablet, and smartphone, and helps you manage all of your work so you never lose track of an assignment or even an article you’ve been meaning to read. With Evernote, you don’t have to worry about digging through your overstuffed e-mail inbox—everything is neatly organized for you whenever and wherever you want to access it.

4. EasilyDo: Available for both Apple and Google devices, this app promises that you’ll never miss another important assignment again. It organizes everything for you—from your airline tickets to your trip itineraries and restaurant reservations—so you can better keep track of your schedule. It also sends you reminders, making sure you will never miss a phone call or be late for a flight again.