If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are, you have ideas all the time! But remembering those ideas, and then planning them all out, can get a little tricky. To save you from a colorful sea of post-its taking over your desk, or a series of blue pen scribbles up your arm, here are five organizational tools you can use on your computer, tablet, or phone that are absolutely free!
SimpleMind: For those of you who loved mind mapping in school, this app is for you. Available in free and paid versions for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows and Android, SimpleMind allows you to organize your thoughts by creating webs. Features that allow you to choose the web’s shapes, fonts, and colors make it easy for you to categorize your ideas into groups while providing you with a fun and simple tool to use.
Microsoft OneNote: A computer program turned app, Microsoft OneNote prides itself on being a highly-customizable digital notebook, creating space for you to design outlines, make lists, collect photos, store links, flag ideas, scrapbook, or even journal. If you’re working together with a group, you can share notes. Microsoft OneNote is available for a wide variety of devices, including Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Windows Phone, Android, and the web.
iProcrastinate: This task-making tool helps you keep track of your to-do list. With iProcrastinate, you can create new items, assign them due dates, categorize them into color-coded groups (like projects, errands, or bills), and rank them low, medium, or high priority. iProcrastinate understands that looking at a daunting to-do list can be overwhelming, so you can choose how much of your list you want to view at one time: Today, Tomorrow, Overdue, Upcoming, or All. While it’s one of the top-rated apps on the Mac App Store, its developer does not plan on releasing any updates.
Evernote: “The workspace for your life’s work,” available in free, plus, and premium versions, is like having an electronic square mile of corkboard at your fingertips. Evernote lets you write information, clip online articles, collect snapshots, and store photos, all in one space that you can then share with others, or turn into a presentation, all with the click of a button. Evernote is available for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Windows, and Kindle Fire
Wunderlist: Marketed as “the easiest way to get stuff done,” Wunderlist allows its users to create and categorize lists, send convenient reminders, share files with other users, and send and receive comments. You can forward your thoughts to your employees for feedback, or shoot a grocery list over to your partner to tackle. Wunderlist is compatible with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Android, Windows, Kindle Fire, and the web.