28 Best Sites (And Apps) For Busy Professionals

Originally published on All Top Startups by Thomas Oppong

Technology has changed the world as we know it. Both mobile and web tools now allow us to connect, perform, improve and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

Lists of amazing sites, tools, resources out there are endless. Apps are now a vital part of everyday life. With so many apps and sites to choose from, how do you know which ones to use?

We’ve put together a list of apps and sites that can save you time and resources, and ultimately help you become more productive. They could change how you lead your life and how do business. Some of them will inspire you to be better and do more.

Sites/apps for work and business

1/ Unroll.me: You know all those email newsletters that you accidentally opted into, but don’t really read? Use this site to clear out your inbox.

2/ Remember the Milk: A to-do list manager with several key bonuses: You can sync it with your all your devices, share tasks with others, and get email or text reminders of things you need to get done.

3/ Trello: Free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone.

4/ Slack: The most popular team communication platform right now. It is a powerful tool once you understand how to use it.

5/ Evernote: Not new, but this note-taking/collaboration app continues to be one of the best productivity tools.


6/ Buffer: This social sharing tool makes it super easy to share any page you’re reading.

7/ Dropbox: You may already be using it. It’s the undisputed champion of file sharing. Your business files are better stored in the cloud. Dropbox keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share.

Apps for streamlining your life and career

8/ Pocket: Don’t have time to read that great post your friend just put on Twitter? Send it to Pocket where you’ll be able to read it later—even offline on your phone while you’re commuting home!

9/ TaskRabbit: TaskRabbit helps you open up time in your schedule by making it easy to outsource any task you really don’t want to do, from running errands to planning the details of your next vacay.

10/ Habit List: Create good habits. Break unhealthy ones. Build a better you.

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11/ Mailbox: If you’re drowning in email, Mailbox will take care of that for you. This app neatly organizes email so that you can read it at a set time.

12/ Hive: Collect and Share Your Digital Life.

13/ About.me: The absolute easiest way to get a personal website up and running in minutes.

14/ LearnVest: Go for the smart, savvy financial advice, stay for the awesome and (very) reasonably priced personal financial planning services.

15/ FutureAdvisor: FutureAdvisor not only helps you set up your portfolio, it reviews and rebalances your investments to help you achieve your goals.

Future Advisor

16/ Zapier: Connect apps you use, automate tasks, get more out of your data.

17/ CNNMoney: The most complete site for everything money-related on the web, from markets and investing to your personal spending.

18/ Docady: Manage Life’s Most Important Paperwork

Sites for learning something new

19/ CreativeLive: Whether you’re trying to pick up a new creative hobby or boost your creative career, this site broadcasts live classes by accomplished professionals in each field.

20/ Skill crush: Skillcrush is dead-on with its philosophy that digital skills will help you no matter what you do. The site’s free email bootcamp is a great way to polish your tech skills.

Skill crush

21/ Coursera: With courses from Yale, Stanford, and more, you know Coursera gives you access to top-notch learning. Classes are several weeks long, and free.

22/ Muse University: Helps you find out what you want to do with your life, and then be awesome at it. Free classes for professionals at every stage delivered straight to your inbox.

23/ Quora: This is the place to go for crowdsourced answers. You can crowdsource answers to any question or browse other people’s questions to learn a thing or two.

24/ Mental Floss: Every day, Mental Floss publishes articles with the most interesting facts and information about things you didn’t even know you wanted to know.

25/ BBC Future: Making you smarter, every day.

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26/ 99U: Head over to 99U for great strategies for turning your ideas into action. From a daily stream of articles to videos of talks from the site’s annual conference.

27/ Medium: Medium is like an online think tank where people can share their best stories. Check out the top stories section for the most recommended articles.

28/ The Creativity Post: Want to expand your creative mind? The Creativity Post has high-quality articles on innovation, creativity, and imagination.


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