3 Must Have iPhone Productivity Apps

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

In the good ole days I had a pretty good memory.
The good ole days were before iPhone’s, Moleskins, and any other cool thing I could use to write things on.
Today, in my older age I have to write things down. In fact if I don’t write it down it likely will never happen.

On the left is a picture of my iPhone home screen. I have been on a hunt over the last 3 months trying to find a nice blend of productivity/calendar apps that help me remember as well as execute ideas, commitments and meetings. Here are the three that are making it work.

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1. Tempo

Tempo Calendar App
This by far is the best Calendar app I have used yet. What do car guys say, you should see under the hood? Well you should see under this apps hood. It is not only beautifully designed but under the hood is where it really shines. It is one of the most intelligent apps I have on my phone (yes even smarter then Siri). As I enter in information about when, where, what and why it stats to search my emails, contacts and texts and pulls them together inside this app to alert me to all the info I would need for upcoming meetings, appointments and events. I have found myself checking it often to be reminded of different things I have going throughout the day. It has kept me on task and organized. A must have for anyone looking for an upgrade in calendar.

2. Any.do
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This app is my one stop shop for any task I need to get done in the day. Whether it be a reminder to pay a bill, make a phone call or smile more,  Any.do keeps these task simple and right in front of me. Another beautiful designed app the home screen doesn’t overwhelm you with options but instead ask you what you need to do and when you need to do get it done. And a great bonus, it has a Chrome Extension that makes it even easier to use. Here is a great review written up about it as well that walks you through each function.

3. Thinglist
Thinglist App
This is an app I wish I had about 4 years ago. I am a big resource type of guy. I love to share things I have found with other as well as I love to discover new things. But I have never had the ability to actually capture these resources in a nice easy way. I have tried evernote, notepad, emails to myself, and other productivity apps and they never seem to stick. This app has been my go to for remembering all the things I want to check out.
Whether it is a book, song, restaurant, drink or countless other things, Thinglist presents a home screen that allows you to choose the category you are want to remember, enter in the information and store it away for future reference. This is another must have app for anyone looking to remember that band your friend told you to check out, or the book you have been hearing everyone talk about.

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • GaryMReed

    Talk about old …

  • http://manofdepravity.com/ Tyler Braun

    Curious if you’ve ever used Teux Deux? Mostly asking because I’ve loved it but they’re going to a monthly charge (lame) after I paid for the app (also lame). Looking for a simple to do type of app where I can schedule my to dos days out. You think any.do is like that?

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

      Ya it is really cool because you can pick between today, tomorrow, upcoming or someday.
      For me I just needed something clean and simple. This does that

      • http://manofdepravity.com/ Tyler Braun

        awesome. sounds like teux deux has a bit more functionality but the price is right for any.do. thanks! i’ve never been a big calendar guy, i’ve just used my to do lists for calendar reminders, but im going to give tempo a shot too.

        • http://jonathanpearson.net/ Jonathan Pearson

          If you want something a little more GTD like, http://doit.im/ is great! Free mac, iphone, ipad, and chrome apps. Been using it for about a year. Very well done for free (there’s a paid option too).

          • http://manofdepravity.com/ Tyler Braun

            ill give it a shot, thanks.

  • http://jonathanpearson.net/ Jonathan Pearson

    I’m gonna try out thingslist. Saw it yesterday reviewed somewhere. Didn’t buy it then. Gonna go get it. Great list, man!

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

      absolutely. Let me know what you think and if you would add any to the list

  • http://jonathanpearson.net/ Jonathan Pearson

    I really like http://doit.im/ – A things knock off to some extent, but great app. Also really like Day One if you’d consider that productivity.

    • brianfalexander

      Been using this for digital journaling on iPad and iPhone. Love how it works. Gets me writing. I actually use it more than evernote. Haven’t really found a handwriting app that i like. I’ve got Paper, and Moleskine. Do you use any of those?

  • Jeff

    What about Must Do Today app?

  • http://www.adamlehman.us/ AdamLehman

    I use Todoist (task management) and Wedoist (project management/collaboration).

    http://todoist.com & http://wedoist.com

    Tempo is dope.

    Continue your awesomeness.

    • http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com @kylereed

      i am going to check out wedoist for sure

  • http://appsicum.com/ Appsicum

    Evernote App and Dropbox App are some
    of the best apps which people generally include in there app lists. Some goods
    app here. You can also include Future Scheduler and Location Alerts in this
    productive iPhone apps list.