Five Mobile Apps to Help You Organize Your Work and Your Life


The demands on physicians’ time have never been greater. These apps can help you keep up.

Fam Pract Manag. 2019 Mar-Apr;26(2):11-14.

Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed.

As patient panels, visit requirements, and documentation burdens grow, it gets harder to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks. You probably already rely on your mobile device to access your email and calendars. This article describes five mobile applications to further boost your productivity at work and home that earned high ratings when reviewed using FPM’s SPPACES criteria.


  • Mobile apps can help physicians more efficiently manage many administrative, clinical, and personal demands.

  • Productivity apps can combine to-do lists, manage multiple email accounts and schedules, track important licenses and certifications, or compile travel documents.

  • Other apps can handle patient phone calls, reduce mail clutter, or allow physicians to electronically sign documents.


Wunderlist helps users keep track of various to-do lists and obligations.

Source: 6 Wunderkinder GmbH.

Platforms available: Android 4.1 or later (http://bit.ly/2DP80kH); iOS 8.0 or later for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (https://apple.co/2OvmkD3).

Pertinence to primary care practice: Physicians are pulled in multiple directions with numerous administrative, family, and patient care responsibilities, each with its own lists of deadlines, meetings, and tasks. Wunderlist is a great method to keep these lists organized.

Authoritativeness/accuracy/currency of information: Users can share lists with other individuals and sync them across tablets, phones, and computers. If someone makes changes to a list, those changes are visible to everyone, which is ideal for such things as grocery shopping or event planning. Users can also attach photos, PDFs, presentations, or websites to view later or send to colleagues. If the user forwards an email to me@wunderlist.com, it will appear as a task in the Wunderlist app’s inbox with the body of the email attached as a note and the task already named after the subject of the email.

Users can further organize tasks with separate folders or hashtags, print lists, and set reminders for key dates or deadlines. The app was last updated in March 2018 (iOS) and April 2018 (Android).

Cost: Free.

Ease of use: The app is intuitive and helps users write lists as easily as if creating them on paper. Organizing lists in folders is easy although it is sometimes difficult to figure out how to add a new item to an existing folder. The search feature will help you quickly find any to-do task but cannot search notes within those tasks. Wunderlist is available in a large number of languages, including English.

Sponsor: 6 Wunderkinder GmbH.


This is a great app for physicians who want to be able to track their various activities in one place.


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Dr. Rebedew is a family physician at Monroe Clinic in Albany, Wis., and a faculty member for the University of Illinois Rockford Family Medicine Residency.

Author disclosure: no relevant financial affiliations disclosed.


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