By Allison Martin
There isn't enough time in the day for most of us to accomplish everything we need to. And if you're struggling to get a handle on your current tasks, chances are you've repeatedly longed to be more efficient and productive.
But with the emergence of smartphones and a host of useful apps, there's something out there to simplify each of our busy lives. If you have a particular need, well, there's probably an app for that. Here are 15 useful apps to help you get organized:
- Check. Available on Android, iOS. No more overdrawn accounts, late payment fees or scrambling to find statements. This app lets you control your finances at the tap of a finger. You can schedule or make payments and receive pertinent alerts regarding account activity.
- PowerWallet. Available on Android, iOS, Windows 8. You'll get a snapshot of your finances and receive automatic alerts along with graphs to help you track your progress and achieve your goals. Expenditures are automatically categorized to ease budgeting. PowerWallet is a Money Talks News partner.
- Shoeboxed. Available on Android, iOS. This app is ideal for anyone who is on the go and needs a simple way to capture data from receipts or track mileage.
- You Need a Budget. Available on Android, iOS, Kindle Fire. Budgeting doesn't get much easier than this. The app uses four principles to help you get your spending under control, build up a cushion and get out of debt.
- Grocery iQ. Available on Android, iOS. You can compare price points from various circulars for items on your list and redeem digital coupons at the register. Products on your list can also be sorted by aisle to make trips to the store more efficient.
- Pepperplate. Available on Android, iOS, Windows 8, Nook, Amazon (AMZN). This menu planner app allows you to import recipes and organize meals, either weekly or monthly. It also automatically sorts grocery lists by in-store shopping patterns.
- Sunrise. Available on Android, iOS, Mac Appstore. This free app puts a pleasant twist on traditional calendar tools with its edgy design. Sunrise sends reminders for Facebook as well as manually entered events, adjusts to your current time zone and displays the weather. And if you have a scheduled meeting with LinkedIn (LNKD) connections, their information and pictures will be displayed on your screen.
- Timeful. Available on iOS. Timeful allows you to create a to-do list and then sends you scheduling suggestions derived from advanced algorithms to help you get through it all. The app also allows you to block out time each day for routine tasks and highlights positive behaviors on your calendar.
- Evernote. Available on Android, Chrome OS, iOS, Mac Appstore, Windows 8, Microsoft (MSFT) Windows, BlackBerry (BBRY), WebOS. If you're embarking on or are in the middle of a major project, Evernote will keep you organized so you can achieve your objectives in a timely manner. It allows users to insert notes, ideas, images and other helpful resources that can be accessed across devices.
- Idea Organizer. Available on iOS. Did a useful idea pop into your head when you didn't have access to your notepad to record your thoughts? Use this productivity app to jot it down. You can also edit or send existing ideas to others and set important reminders.
- Cloth. Available on iOS. Cloth takes the hassle out of getting dressed by allowing you to take snapshots of your favorite combinations, save them to the app and share with friends for feedback. It's like Instagram for clothes. This app also notifies you of the most ideal apparel for the day based on the weather forecast.
- The Scientific 7-Minute Workout. Available on Android, iOS. Crunched for time? Choose from one of this free app's seven-minute workouts to stay fit amid the hustle and bustle. The app features animated illustrations of each exercise and a built-in timer. An advanced version is available for purchase.
- FlipBoard. Available on Android, iOS, Windows 8, Blackberry. No need to scroll through a host of websites or buy a newspaper to keep up with current events. FlipBoard enables you to access stories from the most reputable news outlets and sorts them by topic, so you can view only the headlines that most interest you. Or you can read The Daily Edition, a collection of the most relevant stories of the day.
- LinkedIn Pulse. Available on Android, iOS. Pulse delivers customized news feeds based on your interests, aggregating content from thousands of trusted sources, major publications, LinkedIn Influencers, blogs and more. Sign in with your LinkedIn account on any device and your articles are synced, so you can easily pick up where you left off. Pulse also allows you to download stories so you can read them offline.
- Last Pass. Available on Android, iOS, Windows 8, Blackberry. Losing passwords can be a problem if you need instant access to an important document. This app offers a secure way to store all your passwords in a central location. Money Talks News wrote about it in Here's a Simple Way to Make Hackers' Lives Harder and Yours Easier.