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As entrepreneurs and bloggers, we always have so much going on in our minds. New ideas, upcoming projects, lists and lists of tasks we want to complete, along with any home life and not-work-related things. It can all get a bit hectic.
Your brain was not made to hold lists of information. Especially as an entrepreneur, we need to save our brainpower for actually creating and working. That’s why I’m so glad we have helpful little organizational apps to keep us working efficiently.
I have 6 free organizational apps for you that will seriously enhance your productivity. All these apps are free but can be upgraded for added features.
Evernote works on all devices. It’s a handy app that has tons of features such as; it stores text files, spreadsheets, images, receipts, checklists, workflows, and houses auto, and video recordings.
Not only that, but there are other add-ons you can use with the app as well. Evernote is compatible with other apps such as Outlook, Slack and Salesforce.
Evernote comes with the free basic package, but it also has a premium package for $7.00 /month or a team package for $14.99 /month (with a minimum of 2 users). All paid packages come with a free trial.
Want to see what each package offers? Compare Evernote packages here
DropBox is available for PC, Mac, iPhone, Android & Windows Phone. It’s almost a little like Google Drive in the way that you can sync files online and use them on all devices.
The features that DropBox has are file sharing, file storage, and file transfer along with automatic backup, and offline access. You also have the option to look at and restore version history.
For the full range of DropBox features check out here!
DropBox has many plans, ranging from free (up to 2 GB), a Plus and Professional plan for individuals (which is all you’ll probably need to start your small business) and two plans for teams; standard and advanced.
Want to see what each package offers? Compare DropBox Packages here!
I’m more of a visual person, so when I started writing all of the posts for my blog, I needed a way to organize them all out so I could visualize my blogging content calendar better.
From the research I did, it seemed as if Draw.io was always free- meaning they don’t have any extra features you can pay for. You get them all, which I think is great.
It’s easy to use, with its drag and drop features. You can type right into the boxes just by clicking on them. There are also different shaped boxes and you can change the colors of the boxes and arrows.
I use the different shapes and colored boxes to organize my posts from my freebies or emails I want to send out and change the arrow color when I want to backlink something.
It’s great for visual people like me, and easy to reorganize when inspiration strikes for a new post or your blog plans change. And the best part? It connects right to Google Drive!
Want to see what other features Draw.io offers? Check it out here!
4. Google Drive and Google Docs
Speaking of Google Drive, this is by far my favorite tool to use! Google Drive is, of course, free for users but you can upgrade to paid plans if needed, which, I don’t think anyone really will (Unless you run a very large company!).
All of these apps are amazing because you can interact or share files with your team members. And once you share a doc with your team members (if you’re lucky enough to have any!) you can all write notes on or edit at the same time, and even communicate with the Google chat feature!
You get 15 GB free with a Google account, but any more and you’ll have to upgrade. Upgrades come in the form of Business plans: Basic, Business, and Enterprise (Comes with a 14-day free trial)
Want to see what each package offers? Compare Google Drive pricing here!
Available on iPhone, Android, and desktop
I’ve tried Trello out before and I’m honestly not too fussed by it, but I know people who swear by Trello. For me personally, I have nothing against it but I have other ways to keep organized already in place so I never really needed it.
That being said, it doesn’t mean I don’t recommend Trello if you don’t already have other systems of organization in place. It’s really a great tool.
Trello is a bit like Pinterest where it organizes your projects into boards. From the boards, you can create lists. And from lists, you can break it down into cards (Individual items such as text, files, photos ect..)
There’s a nice visual aspect to the app (which I’m totally down for) where you can label and color code the cards. You can also assign due dates to things and even invite team members to collaborate. Just know that anyone you invite has the ability to comment on cards or add updates, kinda like Google Docs.
Trello is free, however, there are pricing plans available.
Available on Android, iPhone, and desktop
Any.do is great for the list-maker like me because it organizes your to-do lists. When you download the app, the main screen starts off with organizing into 4 lists “Today,” “Tomorrow,” “Upcoming,” and “Someday,”. Of course, you can change these and come up with your own lists.
This app is easy to use with its drag and drop features. You can drag items between lists, attach notes, record audio and add reminders to any items. You can even view and manage your phone’s calendar straight from the apps, alongside your tasks (if needed).
There are also a few helpful features you can add, like the “Quick-add bar” that will put your current task into your phone notifications panel, so you won’t forget to do it. They also have other home screen widgets available. Pretty cool right?
Any.do is free, but you can check out pricing options here
And there you have it! 6 free apps that can help you stay organized!
Do you use any of these free organizational apps? If not, which ones do you use that I may have missed? Let me know down in the comments section below!