The Top 10 Timesaving Productivity Apps

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Use your smartphone to simplify your life. These 10 apps will help you stay organized to help tackle even your busiest days.

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Wunderlist
Those with an eye for details will love setting up tasks on Wunderlist. Not only can you make tasks with reminders, you can also make subtasks to make sure you don't miss any steps. Plus, the ability to share to-do lists with others makes group work a breeze. Lists sync across multiple devices, like your iPhone, Android, iPad, and on your web browser. (free, 6wunderkinder.com)

Checkmark
Checkmark is just the solution for those pesky things you keep forgetting to do no matter how many times you write them down. This app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad sets up reminders based on time and location. Make a note to pick up your dry cleaning and you'll get a pop-up the next time you're nearby. Perfect! ($4.99, itunes.com)

Streaks

Whether your goal is to exercise every day, quit smoking, or read more, Streaks is an app that will motivate you to keep at it. For every day that you accomplish your goal, mark it on your Streak calendar, and the app will keep track of just how long you've been following through. If you break it, no sweat -- the app will remember your longest streak so you have something to work toward. ($1.99, fanzter.com)

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Lift
For some extra support to keep up those newfound healthy habits, Lift offers a similar tracking functionality to Streaks but adds the social support for when you just don't feel like it. Invite your friends who can give you "props" when you check something off your list. (free, lift.do)

Summly

If your busy schedule makes you feel like you're living in a bubble, this is the app that'll keep you in the loop. Summly helps you keep up with current events without spending hours reading the news. It's free for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It lets you choose the topics and news sources you're interested in, then creates summaries from top stories. Now you'll never run out of conversation starters. (free, summly.com)

Battery Sense by Philips

Never run out of power while you're out and about with Battery Sense by Philips. The app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad tells you how to prolong your battery life by limiting the use of certain functions, like video play and Internet use -- so you'll know exactly when to save the funny cat videos for later. (free, itunes.com)

Snapguide

Compatible for iPhone and iPad, this app helps you learn something new every day. All you have to do is download it and browse through user-uploaded step-by-step tutorials, like How to Do a French Twist or How to Use a Foam Roller. Bonus: You can finally get answers to all those little issues (like your push-up form) you're too embarrassed to ask someone about without any one ever knowing it. (free, snapguide.com)

Business Card Reader

If you're prone to stashing business cards at the bottom of your purse or stuffed in the back of your wallet, the Business Card Reader will seriously declutter your life. Scan cards to upload your new contact and sync to your address book, and you're all set! ($4.99, itunes.com)

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Mint
Manage your budget more wisely with Mint, a money-management tool that tracks your spending, savings, and financial goals. Connect your bank accounts and credit cards and Mint will track and categorize your expenses. Create budgets for yourself, like a $100 monthly limit for dining out or a plan to save $2,000 in three months, and the app will monitor your progress toward your goals. Oh, and when you overspend in a category, like that super-hot dress you just had to buy but wasn't in your budget this month -- it'll notify you about that, too. (free, mint.com)

Pocket

With the endless amount of information available to us on a daily basis, it's hard to find time to sit down and read what you're really interested in. Pocket saves the stories and pages you want to read so you can access them when you have more time later on, say when you're waiting in line at the store, sitting on the bus, or on your lunch break. The app syncs your list throughout all your devices so it's easy to keep track of what you've read and what you haven't. (free, getpocket.com)

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