This is your year. The year you’ll finally plow through to-do lists, remember your wedding anniversary and stop putzing around on social media during work. Before the ball drops and you drop the ball, download five organization apps that keep you on point.
You have reminders on your calendars and in the “reminder app,” use Facebook to remember birthdays and use notes to make to-do lists. 24me cuts through all that clutter, combining calendar, to-do lists and notes all in one app. Synch it to Facebook and never forget to send a birthday message. Free
Even Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is a fan of Quip, which acts as a virtual office and has been a game-changer for remote workers. The app allows users to share, collaborate and update documents and spreadsheets. A sidebar keeps track of the edit history. Free
There are only 24 hours in the day and yet sometimes it feels like there’s 27 hours of work to do. Not so, says 30/30, which launched with the idea that most of the day’s tasks (answering emails, proofing a PowerPoint) take 5 to 30 minutes. Set up a list of tasks, set a length of time and set the timer. The app lets users know when it’s time to move on to the next item. Efficiency goals achieved. Free
List-makers and note-takers (and those aspiring to reach their levels) need Wanderlust in their lives. Wanderlust lets users star important tasks, sort to-do lists by priority and due date, create multiple lists and even add up to 25 collaborators for group projects. The app can be as pretty as it is practical—users are able to customize their backgrounds. Free
E-mail, Facebook messenger, text message, G-Chat…there are endless ways to communicate with colleagues (besides actually getting up and walking two feet to speak with them the old-fashioned way). But it can make a computer screen look as cluttered as the office hotmess’ desk. Slack allows colleagues to organize conversations by topic and team while also giving options for private and direct communication within the same screen. Users can also share files and receive notifications and it works on phones as well as desktops. Downloading the app is basically like spring-cleaning for workflow. Free to $12.50 per active user per month billed annually