Missed but must-have apps of the year

With the new year ahead, it’s a good time to undertake a quick audit of your installed apps. Make some space and improve your device’s performance by ridding yourself of those ‘fun’ but unused apps, and make sure you catch-up on productive apps that should have been part of your day far earlier in 2019, as Tim Stackpool recommends.

Don’t let 2020 dawn without making sure the most productive apps of the past year are well and truly part of your daily routine. Here are a few you might have missed in 2019, but certainly are must-haves.



Busy people often forget daily tasks and chores, but Any.do keeps your schedule on track with to-do list, reminders, notes and the ability to share lists and assign tasks to others. The app lets you sync between phone, desktop, web, and tablet to keep your lists up to the minute. You can even add items to your task list just by speaking. Calendar integration is also available. There is both a free and premium version with advanced features.



Do you waste time trying to remember your password for various services, or have to wait for the confirmation email after selecting ‘forgot password?’ 1Password saves you the time and frustration of trying to recall every single password you’ve ever created, and it does it securely. You can store passwords for apps, websites, credit cards, bank account info, passports and more. It uses secure end-to-end encryption and encryption keys that only reside on your phone, so you’re the only one who ever sees your password. You can trial 1Password for free for 30 days before signing up for a monthly subscription.



Toggl is a time tracking app available for desktop and mobile devices that is particularly useful for when you need to apply certain rates to different tasks or jobs within a project. You can start, stop, and log times and tasks on your mobile phone or desktop with data syncing between both. Included are tools to help you organise, bulk edit, or tag entries for easy auditing and reporting, with the ability to import or export data in PDF or CSV formats. Premium subscriptions add features like reminders and rounding rules for billable time, as well as project and team management tools.



If you find yourself spending a lot of time with repetitive internet tasks, or just want to automate tasks on your phone, IFTTT might be your solution. The app comes with a variety of pre-built “applets” that automate tasks like backing up photos to cloud accounts, messaging your colleagues, or having the smart lights in the office switch on when you enter, or turn off when heading home. In addition to the pre-built applets, you can also create your own custom tasks, combining multiple triggers using the age old programmers staple of ‘If This, Then That’ structure (from which this app takes its name).



Have you ever wanted to spend more time reading an interesting article or document, but didn’t really have the time right now to give it your full attention? Then put it in your ‘Pocket’. Pocket is the rebranded version of the previously very popular Read It Later service, and still remains a great offline reading tool that allows you to save articles, pictures and videos for later viewing.

Do a search for these online or in your respective app store, and be well prepared for 2020.

Tech expert Tim is the technology writer for Executive PA Media. He can be heard on talk radio in Australia and is a tech presenter who speaks at conferences and trade shows about technology’s impact on work and lifestyle.