Google IO 2017 Coverage

Best apps for work

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With a new year comes a new set of challenges. One challenge, maybe as old as time itself, is keeping everyone on the same page, especially when you’re working together. If you’re used to projects not getting done on time, communication being less than desirable, or just the stress of having all your project information spread across a bunch of different platforms, that’s why we’ve put this list together.

In this list, our aim is to give you several different apps that have two things in common: they’ll keep you connected with your team, and they’ll secure all of your project information to one spot for maximum efficiency, so you won’t have to be behind, or stressed about a project for that matter, ever again.

Trello

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Whether you’re an entrepreneur getting some help from a virtual assistant, or you’re heading up a collaborative project at work, Trello will be a lifesaver for you. In the app, you’ll be able to create your project, list your tasks, and assign them to certain people. In Trello, you’ll also be able to communicate right within the app, whether it’s answering a quick question or confirming something.

Another awesome Trello feature is the ability to see all of your different projects laid out across one screen. Everything from your kids’ Birthday party to your work project, from your next vacation to your current side hustle—it’s all there. No switching in and out of different accounts for different things, because everything you need is right at your fingertips.

Download it now: Google Play

Fleep

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A fantastic messaging app for all of your current projects, Fleep will allow you to stay in the loop in one spot, rather than having to go back later to see who said what, and on which app did they say such-and-such, and so on. If you’ve feared group projects in the past because of borderline-terrible communication, Fleep will enable you to be completely at ease, taking that unnecessary stress completely out of the picture.

As for the details of Fleep, you’ll be able to share files, and even communicate with those who aren’t signed up. For example, if someone working on your project hasn’t downloaded the app, they’ll still be in the loop because Fleep will email them the messages. You’ll also always be able to see how far of the messages your collaborators read to, and you’ll be able to quickly search for information you know you discussed awhile back. If you collaborate often or are just taking on a single project, Fleep will keep everyone up to date on what’s going on, and will help you stay organized in the process.

Download it now: Google Play

Asana

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In Asana, you’ll be able to collaborate better than ever. Oh, Asana has all of the typical things your work management apps have, like adding other people on, setting tasks, and so on, but it has some unique features that will make sure every project you create runs smoothly with little to no hiccups along the way. If that’s not convincing, I don’t know what is.

In the Asana app, when you create and assign tasks, you’ll also set deadlines for everyone. If anyone has any questions, they can loop you, or anyone else, right into their specific task thread to help troubleshoot or confirm something. And for those who like to see the “bigger picture,” you can also see the progress of your project on a fantastic graph, or view the calendar at a glance to check on deadlines and make sure everyone is on task.

Download it now: Google Play

Slack

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If you have a long-time team that you’ve been working with, or you’re just wanting to get a headstart on the right foot, we recommend Slack. Communicating through email is just not efficient—things can easily get lost and not answered, accidentally deleted and so on whereas with Slack, everyone on your team or in your group will be on the same page. Slack is also a good way of replacing those meetings everyone secretly dreads sitting through, because in the app, you can certainly talk about what needs to get done (in lieu of a meeting), but the best part is, you actually get things done.

In Slack, your different conversations will be categorized as different channels, depending on what project you’re working on. These can be for the whole group to see, or you can lock them so as to just speak with a specific person. You can also share files over slack, and everything is searchable, so if you hit the search bar and type in a keyword, all text and files will come up that match. And yet another great feature: if you’ve been on slack at your computer all morning but need to rub out the door for something, everything is already synced to the app on your phone, so you don’t have to worry about missing anything.

Download it now: Google Play

Wrike

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With Wrike, your projects will never be behind again. You can communicate and bring everyone on board that you need to in order to carry it out and have it done on time, by creating a timeline that will show everyone where they need to be and when. By setting deadlines and an entire timeline at once, you can eliminate many questions and much confusion ahead of time, especially when you assign your co workers or employees to specific tasks. When everyone knows what they need to be doing, business flows smoothly, and that’s exactly what Wrike is for.

In Wrike, you’ll not only be able to put a heavy emphasis on timeline and deadlines, but you’ll also be able to communicate with your team effortlessly. You can take photos, upload files straight from DropBox or Google Drive, request updates, set an achievable to-do list, and so much more.

Download it now: Google Play

Workplace by Facebook

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With how Facebook has grown over the years, why not use it for work? In this genius app, you’ll be able to get the work done that you need to with your coworkers and get it done more efficiently. You can have calls and video calls, request updates from different members, talk your way through certain projects, and so much more. Entirely separate from your private Facebook account, Workplace will also help you stay free of distractions and help you establish yourself in the professional world for the better.

Currently, Workplace is only available to those who are accepted, but everyone is welcome to easily apply by email on their website. With such an innovative opportunity to grow your business and build better relationships among your coworkers, why not apply? We highly recommend doing a little research, reading some of the reviews, and giving it a shot.

Download it now: Google Play

Closing

Whether you’re a boss looking for a creative way to help your employees achieve more, or you’ve got your own business and are outsourcing some of work, or even if you’re simply working on a creative collaborative project with some friends, we hope you have a few more ideas now of some pretty fantastic apps to keep things running smoothly.


About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.


  • Ava Raynott

    Nice list! I’d recommend one more app here. Have a look at is proofhub. This app is very handy for managing and keeping work organized.