I always did like those posts that list a bunch of apps and tools I’d never heard of. I’ve found some really great apps that way. But no one’s ever bothered to offer us one of those “check these out!” posts – until today. Please welcome today’s guest poster, James Adams, and his collection of apps to organize thoughts. (We could all use more of that, eh!) Enjoy.
Everyone these days is busy. Regardless if you are a freelance writer, a business executive, a graphic artist or if you are working a part-time job, you surely could use a bit of help in organizing your thoughts so that your days run more smoothly.
The Internet is home to many tools that will assist you in saving your favorite websites, keeping track of your appointments, making mind maps, taking notes and creating notes to keep you on track. Here are twenty of some of the best for you to use to keep yourself organized.
Our friends at Google have developed this application to assist you in collecting notes and information from the Internet. Use it when shopping online or planning a trip. Google Notebooks can be accessed from any computer as well as from mobile phones and it can also be shared between friends.
This tool is ideal if you find yourself too occupied with something to take notes. You simply call a number and leave yourself a note or add an appointment to your daily planner. Jott takes the spoken messages and turns them into text.
This helpful application is a management tool that allows you to store and access your content from anywhere. Use email, instant messaging and your mobile phone to submit your notes or you can clip content from the web with the browser toolbar.
Fruitnotes is an easy-to-use online notebook that allows you to create, organize and share your notes with friends and associates online. You can upload photos and videos with your notes or use it to record your voice and notes over your phone.
Use this wiki as a collaboration tool, for taking notes, making websites or whatever else you need to do in order to stay organized. TiddlyWiki has all of the features of a wiki including functionality such as saving, editing, tagging and searching.
6. Wiki on a Stick
This is a personal wiki that contains software, interface and data to store on a USB stick. Create mini websites and maintain your notes.
This is a desktop note-taking app for Linux and Unix users. It is very easy to use and helps you organize your ideas and information you use daily. With Tomboy you can highlight text, check spelling and auto link web and email addresses.
A personal information manager, Pimki is a tool that helps you unload those ideas and to organize your thoughts in order to get things done. This tool offers you the ability to store, manage and retrieve all of the separate bits of information in your busy life.
This software tool helps you to prioritize and know where you are in your thought processes, where you have been and where you are going. FreeMind helps you to keep track of your projects using notes with links in what is called the knowledge base.
Create flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans and technical drawings with Gliffy and collaborate with others using visuals. This tool makes it simple to create, share and work together on a wide range of diagrams.
You can create free mind maps with this application from anywhere and publish them to share with others. You can also view other people’s mind maps.
12. Google Calendar
Use this Google calendar tool to track events, set reminders and share with others. You can import your appointments directly from your Gmail account as well.
This is a web-based organizer that caters to your busy lifestyle. Scrybe is in beta version only now, but you can submit your email address so that you will be notified when registration is re-opened or you can receive an invitation from a current user.
With iGoogle, you can keep your most important information in one location by personalising your homepage with Gmail, news, Google calendar, Google reader and more.
This is a handle tool that lets you create a personalized page containing your interests. Includes a calendar and to-do-list to keep you organized and on-task.
This tool was designed to be used by families. It keeps track of family members’ schedules and appointments and sends you reminders. You can also share notes with one another on MyHomePoint.
17. Yahoo Calendar
Ideal for scheduling and organising tasks, this tool allows you to add an event quickly to the calendar and includes a note pad and a contact list.
18. Treepad Lite
This freeware gives you 600Kb of space to store your notes, emails, texts, and so on into one or more databases. Makes editing, storing and searching data easy.
This is a web-based time and project management app that helps you get things done. Organize your projects and see what you have left to do. Works in your browser and connects to your mobile phone.
You can create documents with this app for sharing and collaborating. ThinkFree Office offers file sharing and storage. More options are available for a fee, such as mobile access.
Do you have any more great apps to add to this list?
James Adams works with an ecommerce development company based in Manchester specializing Ruby on Rails. Check out their blog for more posts on marketing and development. He spends a lot of his time either editing or writing posts on the CartridgeSave blog about print advertising, design and the arts.