It’s tough to decipher through the hundreds of planning, calendar, notes, and to-do list apps that are available today. Apps are designed to help us stay organized, feel in control, get more done, ultimately improve our productivity and performance. HA!

If you have experienced what I have, then I’m sure you have been frustrated with many of them.

I have spent over 100 hours seeking, downloading, and trying out different apps. Here are my top pics that I like and often use.

NOTE: These are not in any particular order.

Priorty Matrix

Priority Matrix – Activity Management

Priority Matrix is PC Magazine’s top 50 apps that can help you be more productive. It’s a visual planning tool that is intuitive and easy to use with the basic functionality that makes organizing and managing your activities a cinch.

 

Tripit

Tripit – Travel Organizer

Get peace of mind while traveling, by having all your plans in one place. No more frantic searching for confirmation emails in your inbox – or worse yet – hunting down that pesky manila folder.

 

30

30/30 – Task Timing

The original concept has been around awhile and something we teach in Attack Your Day. Short bursts of focused efforts. The idea behind 30/30 is simple. You work for 30 minutes, focused only on a single task. WITH NO DISTRACTIONS! When the time is up, you give your mind a break and do something completely unrelated, also for 30 minutes.

Dropbox

Dropbox – File Sharing

Dropbox is the easiest way to store and share your files in the cloud. While nearly everyone has already heard of it, I don’t believe any productivity list can be complete with out a file sharing app.

 

Evernote

Evernote – Notes

Great app, I use this one daily to keep notes, projects and web research. It has a strong search capability and fast way to organize all your notes.

 

Dragon Dictation

Dragon – Dictation

Reasonably accurate and fast, the Dragon Dictation iPhone app cuts the typing out of jotting down a note, drafting an email, posting to Twitter, and a few other light tasks.

 

Calenmob

CalenMob – Dictation

CalenMob is a native Google Calendar app and one I use personally on my iPhone. It inherits the simple and clean look of Google web calendar and makes it more accessible, responsive and reliable on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. It can also be used with no Internet connection.

 

mailbox

Mailbox

Mailbox is a tool that allows users to manage their email instead of letting their email manage them. Mailbox has rethought how to process email on a smart phone making it easy to swipe messages to your archive or trash and scan entire conversations in a chat-like view.