My Boxer inbox. Notice the icons for each of the emails which adds a nice visual touch.
The App Store has many alternative email clients that offer some great features for email fanatics. One of the more popular ones is Mailbox which at the time only works with Gmail. Mailbox has support from Dropbox (who has helped building it) and I heard that if you signup for Mailbox, Dropbox even provides you with some free storage space.
If you need more than just Gmail, Boxer supports most email clients including MS Exchange, Gmail, and Yahoo. The above 3 are the three that I have used through Boxer and they have all worked successfully.
Screenshot of my Launch Center Pro home screen on my iPad.
“Launch Actions, Not Apps”. That’s the basis of Launch Center Pro. With the ever growing number of iOS apps that have support for URLs to launch their apps as well as execute actions within that app, Launch Center Pro took what already existed in iOS and made it easy for users to take advantage of in a nice simple clean interface.
It sounds simple and almost unnecessary to most folks, but it makes a big difference when you constantly use your iPhone or iPad and launch a lot of apps per day. It can usually save you 1–3 steps. Not only does this make a difference in time, but it also makes a difference psychologically. You feel you are doing things quicker and are more apt to do them sooner than later.
Launch Center Pro (LCP) has made its way into my dock on my iPad and iPhone and its now my gateway app for any other app. It’s replaced my phone app (on my iPhone) in the dock only because I can do so many phone actions from it that are easier than launching the phone app.
What’s important in life? What’s important in “Our Time” that we have to live? It’s a question that most of us ask ourselves a lot. Once in a while we sit back and re-evaluate what our priorities are. Do I want to work as much as I do? Do I need to make more money than I’m making now to help support my family? How can I spend more time with my family and make them happy?
We ask ourselves these questions commonly or at least I do. However we may answer the questions above, I think we all know that if we were to lie on our deathbed (even the most financially successful of us), we wouldn’t say “I wish I spent more time in the office” or “I wish I spent more time working”. I think more commonly we would say, “I wish I made my wife feel more special” or “I wish my kid and I spent more time together”.
I’m an app junkie and I fully admit it. I buy so many apps on the App Store for my iPhone and my iPad that if my wife knew she would take away my App Store account.
So, I’m going to pass along knowledge of what I believe are the best apps out there from 2013 as far as productivity.
Still the best to-do manager out there, I won’t even try another one. So much time and research has gone into OmniFocus from the OmniGroup, its hard to imagine that any of these five and dime to-do managers in the App Store have anything on it. It will cost you a pretty penny as far as apps are concerned, but once you have the desktop, iPad, and iPhone apps, you will ask yourself - why did I ever use anything else?