The majority of us spend a lot of time on our smart-phones. Yes, there are millions of potential distractions out there such as Facebook, Twitter, memes and more!
But a smart-phone can also be real productivity-boosting tool... with the right apps. You can plan your day, make to-do lists, keep instantly-searchable notes and much more.
That's why I've prepared a list of some of my favorites to boost your productivity during the day:
Evernote is a core app, it's like extra storage space for your brain! You can upload everything to it. It can list everything you need to do and you can use it across all of your devices. It can help you stay organized with your daily schedule and you can use it to save any ideas you get during the day, wherever you are - and retrieve them at a moment's notice (if only my brain worked that way!).
Evernote has some cool features where you can create to-do lists, record voice reminders, take notes, take pictures and add them to your notes
Evernote is free, but also has pricing plans which include a premium ($5 per month) and business plan ($10 per month).
Similar to Evernote, Any.do is an on-the-go To Do list. It’s perfect for keeping up with your busy schedule.
Any.do has a unique feature called the "Any.do moment" that encourages making a habit of reviewing your daily tasks. This is essential for keeping track and that's why it's one of my favorites. Ever since I got this app I’ve started getting in the habit of checking what I need to do daily, and then going through an elimination process and cutting out what I don’t really need to do, and focusing on the tasks that really matter.
Moving on time management, this one is the best if you have a habit of getting distracted from work and losing focus.
This app functions as a timer and it works on the premise that you work hard for 30 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of procrastination.
This pattern gets repeated on a cycle, though you can set times that best suit your routine. I really love using it since it gives me 30 min of work and a nice hard-earned break.
30/30 is available for iOS.
Another similar app to 30/30, the Focusbooster uses the famous Pomodoro Technique (which alternates 25-minute long working blocks with short breaks) in order to maintain sustainable, long-term productivity.
The Pomodoro Technique® is a simple way to boost your productivity when performing mind-consuming tasks. It helps you keep yourself focused while reducing mental exhaustion. Read more about it at the official website.
And while there are plenty of different Pomodoro timers out there, this is one of my favorites. It is free, has a very clean and simple to understand user interface, and it just works.
While Pocket may not seem like a productivity app, it is in the sense that you can focus on what you need (or want) to read without most of the usual trappings of the web and its distractions. There are advertisements in the free version of the app, which can certainly lure you away from your essential reading, although having a paid membership gets rid of these potential productivity distractors.
Pocket still offers a much better experience than scrolling endlessly through news feeds or articles in other apps.
LastPass will save you the trouble of remembering or writing down all of the passwords for different websites. It can get frustrating trying to remember all of the different combinations of passwords you saved. But what if they can be stored and secured at one place.
LastPass will help you with all of that, and you can create different random passwords that are impossible to crack, ensuring that if one of your favorite sites is hacked your passwords for all your other sites will remain a secret.
Toggl is simply the best in time tracking for anyone (employees, contractors, business owners, etc). If you just feel like you’re not getting the most out of your day, Toggl a great tool to help you keep track of what you do on a daily basis. When you have logged your time, they even have reporting on where your time was spent to understand where you can be improving your own efficiency.
MindMeister is one of the best mind mapping tools out there to help businesses plan, brainstorm and more – collaboratively.
MindMeister is simple to use and very fun and creative, I know I spent a lot of time planning my whole future with it, but it's totally helpful and has a lot of capabilities.
If you’re still using Excel or Google Docs to do your planning, it’s worth trying to bring your planning and brainstorming into a much more visual medium.