Many of us are making a point to be more productive in 2015. Here are some of the best apps available for iOS and Android to help you make 2015 insanely productive:


For years I’ve been a huge fan of Contactually, which lets me keep in touch with everyone from teammates to former colleagues to prospects with ease. Their mobile app is a cinch to use, too. You simply put your contacts into “buckets” and then decide how often you want to follow up with the people in each bucket. Contactually will do the rest, automatically creating follow-ups for you and letting you know the last time you spoke to the person in question. Contactually also lets you save dynamic templates to make your holiday wishes, congratulations, and follow-ups after meetings incredibly easy, while still retaining a human touch.


Given the simplicity of its interface, it’s amazing how much Evernote does. Think of it as extra storage for your brain: with Evernote, there’s almost no excuse for forgetting any important information ever again. When you’re away from your laptop, you can use Evernote to take a note incredibly easily, and add an audio file or picture if you need. Want to set a reminder for yourself, or make a to-do list? Evernote can do that too. You can also send yourself articles to be used as inspiration for future blog posts and research. An easy Chrome extension let’s you clip just about anything you want from a browser, too.


Simply put, Refresh is the best-kept secret of anyone who takes business meetings frequently. Refresh is a terrific relationship-builder: by syncing seamlessly with services such as Gmail, Facebook, and LinkedIn, it helps you go into your meetings prepared and informed. Refresh gives you the ability to review past interactions with the people you’ll be meeting with or to learn new information about them. Using Refresh, you might discover that both you and a contact and speak French, that you have 11 mutual friends on Facebook, or that their birthday is coming up in three days. You’re also able to see who first introduced you, or see whether you’ve taken any notes about them in Evernote.


A poor calendar app can easily make you less productive. If you find yourself in that situation, Sunrise is the solution. The app has an interface that is very easy to navigate, and connects seamlessly with all major calendar services. Every event that you have to RSVP for is clearly marked at the very top of the main interface, so no meetings will ever fall through the cracks. Sunrise also lets you drill down to get more information on the contacts whom you’re having meetings with,. With Sunrise, there isn’t much of a reason to be using the calendar app that comes included with your iPhone–Sunrise is that good, and free as well.


There was a time when Basecamp reigned supreme in the project management and getting things done sector, but Asana is clearly the champion these days. I’ve been able to cut down on internal email between me and my Firebrand Group colleagues by as much as 40% thanks to Asana,which lets us assign tasks to one another, organize them into projects, have discussions pertaining to each particular task, Add subtasks to get more granular when necessary, And get a snapshot Daily about how everybody is doing and what deadlines are in danger of not being met. Asana’s the name of the game with respect to team productivity.


It’s hard to think of something that you want to get done that you can’t get done using IFTTT, short for If This Then That. Consider IFTTT programming – without actually doing any programming. Using IFTTT, I have created recipes that connect my services to one another in many interesting ways. For example, when I receive an email from Lead411, I have that email automatically turned into an Evernote entry. When I post a photo to Instagram, it automatically turns it into a Twitter friendly picture and posts it on Twitter as well. If the weather conditions change to rain, I have IFTTT send me a text to warn me, so that I can allow more time to get to my next meeting. Whether you’re using Android, iOS, or the browser, the possibilities are endless with IFTTT.


Perhaps you’ve heard of this little app, and perhaps you’ve had it installed for years, even. Still, Dropbox has many secret productivity tips. For example, you can favorite important files so that they will be available for off-line reading. Enable the Selective Sync feature on your primary computer So that you can save hard drive space there, while still having all of your files easily accessible from the cloud. Want to create a website in Dropbox accessible to the outside world? With a little help from, you can do just that.

What apps are you determined to try out in the near future? Are there any specific types of apps you would like recommendations for? Tweet us @FirebrandGrp and we’ll include future recommendations in an upcoming Insights article.