The internet is amazing. Literally everything is at your fingertips. But having everything at your fingertips can also be one giant distraction. If you’ve ever gotten sucked into a Wikipedia wormhole, then you’ll understand why having a set of apps to help with productivity are so important.
Productivity apps are great because they can help you keep track of everything you need to get done. They can narrow your focus, eliminate distractions, and allow you to get work done, no matter how tempting it is to click on the latest Buzzfeed link.
If you’re feeling a little unproductive thanks to the allures of the internet, here’s 7 apps that can help you in your quest to be more productive.
The Pomodoro Technique is a method of work that helps you break up big projects and tasks into much more manageable bits. Choose a task, work on it, uninterrupted, for 25 minutes (aka a Pomodoro). Then take a quick five minute break. Then start another 25 minute interval. Take a longer break every four “Pomodoros.” This can be done with any timer, but this online tool comes in handy.
Project management is extremely helpful as you’re tasked with more projects. Trello is great because it allows you to set up multiple projects and customize your boards based on your workflow. Its drag and drop feature makes moving tasks through different stages of production is quite simple.
Keeping track of your calendar can be a major headache. Meetings and deadlines pile up, and you’re unable to track everything mentally. It’s important to have a calendar app that you love. Sunrise is a mobile calendar app that connects with apps like Facebook, Evernote, Trello, and Wunderlist, so that all your events are neatly tracked in one calendar.
There are a ton of to-do list apps and I’ve used many of them. But whenever I ask for recommendations, Wunderlist continuously comes back as the most recommended by my peers. Wunderlist is great because it allows you to create separate lists. So instead of having one giant to-do list, you can see what you need to get done based on specific projects.
Pocket is a wonderful mobile app that let’s you save articles to read later. I can’t even begin to quantify how many hours of productivity I lost because I’d scroll through Twitter and start to read article after article. Pocket allows me to bookmark these later so I can read them when I’m not as busy.
Everyone has some type of task that they find to be a pain. Often times these tasks are small administrative tasks that just suck up too much time. FancyHands has a pool of virtual assistants who can take care of any tasks you don’t want to. Have FancyHands conduct some research for you or call a customer support line and patch you in when they’ve finally contacted someone. Whatever the task is, FancyHands will save you a lot of time.
Meditation has many health benefits. Done right, it can help decrease your stress, sharpen your mind, and increase creativity. Headspace is an app that walks you through guided meditation. In as little as 10 minutes a day, you can improve your mental health, opening up your mind for greater productivity throughout the day.
If you’re worried that you’re not as productive as you can be, don’t worry. You’re in good company. There are 36 million results for the question, “How can I be more productive?” It’s clearly a problem that everyone struggles with.
There is no silver bullet when it comes to productivity. It’s a process that you have to figure out. But if you incorporate these seven apps (or just a few of them) into your daily routine, you’ll start to see your time being used more efficiently and your productivity go up. Be sure to share your favorite productivity apps with us in the comments section below.
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