Author Archives: Mike Vardy

About Mike Vardy

Mike Vardy is a husband, father, independent writer, speaker, podcaster and "productivityist". He is also the author of the book, The Front Nine: How To Start The Year You Want Anytime You Want, published by Diversion Books. You can learn more about his other work at his website, MikeVardy.com, visit his blog at Productivityist.com, and you can follow him as @mikevardy on Twitter.

Neat’s new mobile app makes going paperless easier than ever

Neat’s new mobile app makes going paperless easier than ever

I’ve been using the Neat app on iOS for some time, and I’ve found that I generally use it more often than my NeatDesk scanner. The ability to scan my receipts and business cards while at events is far more efficient than holding on to them all in a semi-organized fashion until I get home. The original Neat mobile app, coupled with Neat’s NeatCloud service, has really helped me adopt a paperless lifestyle far better than any other suite of apps.

Why sticking with stock iPhone apps is a bad move

Why sticking with stock iPhone apps is a bad move

Let’s face it: The iPhone has come a long way since its debut several years ago. And along with hardware improvements, we have seen major software improvements as well. Apple’s stock iPhone apps are now more useful than ever (thanks, in part, to both iCloud and Siri), making using them not only more appealing – but more productive than in the past.

But using them and forsaking third-party apps in the process is a bad idea.

Wunderlist 2 is a wonderful upgrade to an already great to-do list app

Wunderlist 2 is a wonderful upgrade to an already great to-do list app

Wunderlist has always been one of the most widely-used to-do list apps on the market. It is elegant, simple to use, available for nearly every platform, and – perhaps its greatest selling feature (pun totally intended) – it is free. The team at 6Wunderkinder had a great thing going with Wunderlist, but it was only supposed to be the first small step in the team’s foray into task management. Wunderkit was supposed to be its ultimate triumph – but that wasn’t how it went down.

How to create custom vibrations on the iPhone

How to create custom vibrations on the iPhone

Custom ringtones for the iPhone have been around for quite some time, and the ability to create those ringtones yourself has also been around for some time (even if you needed Garageband at first to do it). But with the arrival of iOS 6, you can now create custom vibration patterns as well.

1Password 4 for iOS makes password management a pure pleasure

1Password 4 for iOS makes password management a pure pleasure

1Password has been a part of my Mac arsenal for ages, and once it came out for iOS I was excited to add it to my iPhone as well. And with the arrival of 1Password 4 for iOS, the team at AgileBits has taken both its user experience and user interface to a whole new level of greatness.

How to Set up Separate Signatures in Mail for iOS 6

How to Set up Separate Signatures in Mail for iOS 6

I wasn’t around much last week as I was not only trying to get out from under a mountain of email – yes, even productivityists stuck in an overwhelmingly full inbox every once in a while – but I was also starting to explore some of the cooler new Mail features in iOS 6.

I found a few new cool options available, but one of the best ones was the ability to add different signatures for separate email accounts. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.

Best iPhone Calendar App Showdown

Best iPhone Calendar App Showdown

With the release of Fantastical for iPhone this week, many iPhone users are revisiting their calendar apps on their iPhones. This post is to give you a bit of a closer look as to what other options are out there, and give you a better chance of getting on with your day by picking the calendar app that’s going to be right for you.

Top alternatives to Mail App for iPhone and iPad

Top alternatives to Mail App for iPhone and iPad

Let’s face it…not everyone is a fan of Apple’s native Mail app for iOS. Generally speaking, if you’re not a fan of it on the Mac, you’re likely not going to appreciate the iOS version very much either. And while there’s rarely the ability to get around having to use Mail when using other apps that allow for email to be sent (iOS doesn’t really like any other email clients being used to send email), there are some other options you can get that can help you steer clear of Mail as often as possible.

How to Organize Your Apps and Folders on Your iPhone to Get the Most Out of Your Device

How to Organize Your Apps and Folders on Your iPhone to Get the Most Out of Your Device

The longer you have an iPhone or iPad, the more apps you’ll have. Some of them have been removed from your iOS screens a long time ago, others are hanging on for dear life, and others are going to be mainstays. So as your app count grows and grows, how do you keep them organized so that you don’t lose efficiency or effectiveness while using the device?

6 of the best free iPhone apps for task management

6 of the best free iPhone apps for task management

One of the biggest barriers people face when adopting a task management app is the price. Apps like Things and OmniFocus are at the high end of the price spectrum, but there a plenty of iPhone users out there who have no interest in spending anything on an iPhone app of any kind…let alone a task management solution.

But that doesn’t mean those users shouldn’t have options should they want to add a task manager to their app arsenal.