The 7 best iPad apps for personal organization

by Doug Drinkwater

April 27 2012

If your organizational skills could use a little, ahem, enhancement, consider one of the below iPad applications to help you make it to the end of the day.

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Links & Apps

  • 1 Mint
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    Organizing your finances can be a pain, but Mint is a pretty useful way to straighten everything out, from viewing account activity and categorizing transactions to offering up customized budgets and bill reminders. Easy-to-digest graphs show where your money is going, there’s the ability to add manual transactions and even view your data without having a wireless connection. As a further bonus, all of this data can sync back centrally to, while your account should be securely protected by your chosen four-key passcode.

  • 2 Dropbox
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    Dropbox is a great all-rounder app for personal organization (although some competitors would argue, only if you’re storing non-sensitive data). The Dropbox app enables you to save all kinds of files and multimedia to the cloud from a desktop, tablet or smartphone device, and also from a raft of other apps promising Dropbox integration. Once you're in the app, you can organize your content into folders, or share files to the outside world via email.

  • 3 Bento
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    Bento for iPad

    Bento is a very versatile personal organizer. Using the iPad app, you can organize contacts, track projects and tasks, plan events, record voice memos, send emails and even browse web links without having to leave the Bento application. The app can be used as a standalone application and can also be synchronized with Bento 4 for Mac, which is sold separately.

  • 4 Evernote
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    Arguably the most versatile personal organizer/note taking app out there on the market, Evernote is great for archiving notes (including audio, video and web clippings) and organizing these by notebooks and tags. These files are synchronized across your desktop and mobile devices, while those who upgrade to the premium version also get offline access to notebooks, the ability for others to edit your notebooks, and the chance to add a PIN lock to your Evernote app.

  • 5 Things for iPad
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    Things for iPad

    Not the cheapest app at $19.99, but Things for iPad is ideal for those wanting to manage to-do lists, notes and projects, and also schedule work for the coming days. The app is able to sync wirelessly with the desktop version of Things via WiFi and offers nice tools for filing projects.

  • 6 OmniFocus for iPad
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    OmniFocus for iPad

    OmniFocus for iPad is an in-depth iPad app for capturing notes, organizing tasks into projects and folders, and for setting task start and due dates. There’s also the functionality to repeat schedules, add audio notes and photo attachments, and the possibility of grouping your weekly tasks into a single page view. Users can synchronize their tasks with other copies of OmniFocus using the firm’s free Sync Server or other WebDAV servers. This app is the most expensive of the lot at $39.99

  • 7 2Do Tasks
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    2Do Tasks is a very simple but effective personal organizer app, which offers great synchronization support across Dropbox, iCal, and iCloud. The app uses Siri to add reminders, offers tabbed calendars, projects, check-lists and to-do lists, and secures your content via password protection. There’s also the opportunity to drag-and-drop tasks into folders, repeat to-do actions and schedule tasks for days or weeks in advance. The app is location aware, supports voice notes and Apple’s Retina display, and can back-up and restore data. You can also export to-do lists to view as an email or in a CSV file format, or to share these via Twitter or SMS.


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  • Sofye
    1 year 4 months ago

    Hi Doug,

    Your article is very useful, thanks for sharing! I used Evernote before but since a month, as Gusy, I use Beesy. I discovered this month on Time Management Magazine and features look very interesting for professional stuff.

  • shirlie
    2 years 1 week ago

    Calprint by eurosmartz works like a dream for me and helps me organize my calendars on my iphone as i cant keep track of appointments without it!

  • Gusy
    2 years 4 months ago

    I'm using Beesy ! It's not in the list but I should be consider now . It's a new app on App Store and I find it really interesting.
    Pretty useful

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