Productivity is something that most bloggers and freelancers are constantly trying to improve. There are many free and paid tools available to help you get organized, but which ones should you use?
In this list we’ll look at some of the best tools for managing tasks, taking notes, storing in the cloud, and saving articles for later reading. As an added bonus, we’ve even thrown in a few tools for those of you that have meetings.
Please use the comparison table below to see which systems and devices are supported for each tool; you can also view pricing.
|Service||Category||Windows App||Mac App||iOS App||Android App||Other Support||Pricing|
|Coolendar||Todo and Task||No||No||Yes||Yes||Kindle Fire, Google Talk, Email||Free|
|IQTELL||Todo and Task||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Free|
|HiTask||Todo and Task||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Mobile (via browser)||Free; Premium – $6/month; Business – $23/month|
|Simplenote||Note Taking||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Linux, Symbian, webOS, PlayBook, WP7, Email||Free|
|Memonic||Note Taking||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Free; Premium – $28/year|
|UberNote||Note Taking||No||No||No||Yes||Mobile (via browser), AIM, Email||Free; Supporter – $29/Year; Premium – Coming SOon|
|Primadesk||Cloud Storage||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||Free; Pro – $5/month; Premium – $10/month|
|Otixo||Cloud Storage||No||No||No||No||Mobile or Desktop (via WebDAV)||Free; Business – $4.99/month|
|Evernote Clearly||Read Later||No||No||No||No||No||Free|
|Readability||Read Later||No||No||Yes||Yes||Kindle Fire, Mobile (via browser and app integrations), Email, Twitter||Free|
Todo and Task Management
Every blogger and freelancer needs a good todo and task management tool to help them get organized. There’s no way that you can totally depend on your memory when it comes to the tasks that you need to get done during the week. So if you’re not already using a tool or don’t like the tool you’re currently using, one of these may help.
Instead of the usual tasks and calendar views, Coolendar gives you a simple list for getting organized. You can add #hashtags and @mention your friends and coworkers for group planning. Plus, you can set up alerts so that you never forget a thing.
Allows you to manage everything from a single location. No more separate apps for email, contacts, tasks, calendar, notes, etc. With IQTELL you only need a single product to get organized and boost your productivity. It’s currently in private beta, so you’ll have to snag an invite to get started.
A simple yet powerful tool that focuses on managing tasks and todo lists. Plus you can use it to collaborate with team members on projects. It’s also great for improving time management and lets you create an organized schedule.
When it comes to researching topics, taking notes is important so that you can remember your thoughts and ideas. Many times you may think of something and then forget about it an hour or even ten minutes later! With note taking apps like these, your forgetfulness no longer has to be an issue.
As the name implies, Simplenote focuses on simplicity. Besides creating notes and lists, you can also share and search through them, organize them with tags and more. You can access your notes everywhere – on your Windows or Mac computer or iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad).
Along with creating and organizing notes, Memonic lets you clip content from any website with its smart Web Clipper. It also integrates with popular business tools likes SalesForce, SharePoint, Evernote and Click.to. Whether you’re on Windows, Mac OS X, an iPhone or Android device, there is an app for you.
Similar to IQTELL (mentioned above), UberNote is an all-in-one productivity tool. You can use it to create notes and task lists, organize your contacts, clip Web content, add bookmarks, plan events and much more.
Cloud storage is extremely useful if you work from more than one location or use more than one computer/device. You can store your files and then access them from any anywhere since your files are in the cloud. You may want to save written content that you’re working on or media (images, videos, audio) that you want to use with your content.
CloudKafe is great for storing and managing your documents, photos, videos, music, notes and contacts. You can also organize your content using categories and tags. Lastly, you can share files by email or on Facebook with friends or coworkers.
An all-in-one cloud tool for those that use a number of different services for email, photos and documents. You can search through your content from these different providers and use Primadesk to back up the files that are important to you.
Access all of your cloud storage tools from a single location and search through them with ease. If you use Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3, SugarSync and more, it can be a pain having to access each one individually. With Otixo, you only need one tool and can preview and manage your files from it.
Save for Later
If you do a lot of research and reading on the Web, you’re sure to come across articles and pages that you don’t have time to read, but want to read later. These tools will help you do just that. Some Web browsers, like Safari, have now added a Reading List feature for this exact reason.
From the popular note-taking tool Evernote comes Clearly. This tool not only makes articles cleaner and easier to read, but also allows you to save them in Evernote to read later – with just one click.
This tool cleans up articles and makes them easier to read, much like Evernote Clearly. You can also save articles to read later in your Readability account, which you can access either on your computer or mobile device.
Bonus: Meeting Tools
Noteleaf – Do you have meetings? Use Noteleaf to keep track of who you’re meeting with and when.
Minutes.io – A simple tool for taking meeting notes. Once you’re done, share them with all who attended.
Meetin.gs – An online and face-to-face meeting collaboration tool.
What is your favorite productivity tool for blogging or freelance tasks?