The tools you have access to to get the most out of your work time aren’t always tools just for accomplishing work. Sometimes, the best resources are those that help you manage your time, coordinate your task lists with your schedule and multi-task between work and home. The better your tools, the better opportunity you have to be productive and spend great time with happy kids.
iPhone apps every work-at-home mom needs:
Productivity: Keep track of your resources, brainstorms, ideas, wish lists and inspirations:
- Evernote – “Capture anything, access anywhere, find things fast.”. Collect a variety of content, ideas, websites, images and more and save to one account that you can access via mobile devices and your computer. Organize your ideas and information how you need.
- Dragon Dictation – voice notes converted to text.
- OfficeTime – keep track of the time you spend on your various tasks. If you are in a service oriented business, this is an invaluable tool.
- EasySign – sign pdf documents from your iPhone. Super handy if you have contracts to deal with but aren’t at your computer right now. Sign, add text, save and send via email, dropbox, box.net and more.
- Idea Sketch – a mind map app which allows you to easily create rather intricate mind map idea/brainstorms from your iPhone.
- LogMeIn – remote access to your computer from your iPhone. (Requires a software purchase installed on your computer).
Calendar: Scheduling, to-do lists, appointments and meetings:
- GoTasks – if you’re a list maker and follower, this is a great app for create a pile of lists.
- Errands – a task list manager that allows you to create folder, set up tasks by date, priority, category and even include repeating tasks. Set alarms and organize what you need to get accomplished.
Entertain the kids: sometimes the kids come along for meetings or errands relating to work. These apps are great for entertaining the kids while you get a little more work accomplished.
- Tap Zoo and Tap Zoo 2 – create and manage your own virtual zoo (my kids love this game).
- Scout’s ABC Garden – cute game, perfect for preschoolers by LeapFrog.
- Crazy Penguin Catapult – silly game featuring penguins.
- Words with Friends – it’s not just a game we play on Facebook. This Scrabble style game is a fun activity for reading aged kids too.
- Draw Something – draw pictures so your friends can guess what the topic or word is – this is a Pictionary style game.
- Make Me a Princess – a digital paper doll girls will love.
- Arctic Shuffle Lite – another cute penguin themed game with a pinball style game strategy.
Learning: resources to learning for both you and your kids
- Audible – download and listen to audio books on the go.
- Kindle – access your Kindle and ebook library, buy ebooks from Amazon and take it with you where ever you go.
- GoToMeeting – join in various GoToMeeting events right from your iPhone.
- Interactive Touch Books – pretty little ebooks with lots of treasures to discover when touching, clicking and exploring the graphics on each page.
Networking: meet new people, connect with like minds and find more leads and stay connected to those you’ve already touched base with.
- Worldcard Mobile – take photos of your business cards. The software then converts the text in the photo to information and saves to your contact list – I LOVE this app!
- Meetup – keep track of local events and groups from your meetup account.
Marketing: from social media and blogging to graphics, advertising and promotion, being able to promote your business on-the-go is a must.
- Befunky – fantastic photo editing app with tons of filters, frames and options. Turn your mobile photos into unique visual messages.
- Blogpress – blogging on the go.
- TinyDesk Writer – another blogging app with some really great features. Watch this one, as of this writing there are a few minor bugs, but I think this app has some great potential and is worth checking out, including NextGen Gallery support.
- Instagram – share photos and images with your community.
- Pinterest – share images relating to your business and find a following who loves your view of the world.
- Adobe Ideas – draw on your iPhone and open in Adobe Illustrator – create ad ideas, import a photo and make notes, and you can even take a photo and extract a color palette specific to the photo. This is a great tool for visual marketing needs.
- Scan Pages – turn photos into PDFs and share as you need. Take a picture, select area to “scan” and the app will convert that section of the photo into a document you can export. You can also combine multiple pages into a single PDF.
Shopping: find deals, compare prices and keep track of your shopping lists.
- Groupon – never worry about forgetting to print your Group vouchers again, they’re all right here in your Groupon app.
- ShopSavvy – create shopping lists, find where to buy and scan your favorite products to find the best price online and locally.
- Amazon – shop Amazon right from your phone.
Travel and entertainment: plan, purchase and compare options for travel and entertainment.
- Tripadvisor – find rates, recommendations and ratings for flights, restaurants and local things to do plus access the Tripadvisor forums.
- Yelp – find restaurants close by and see what others say. Search by cuisine, distance, rating and price.
- Fandango – beat the lines at the movie theaters, find and purchase movies from your phone.
I have all these apps on my own iPhone, yes, I really do. Some I use every day and some I forgot I had until I started writing this article… then I had a “duh” moment wondering why I didn’t start using the apps sooner! There’s so many great ways to use your iPhone to be more productive, find new things to do and manage your family and business more effectively.