Do you find yourself struggling to complete tasks at the end of a work day and not sure why or how it happened?
Distractions abound, inefficiency can take hold of you very quickly and cause major disruptions in your day to day running of business.
Technological advances over the years have seen an increase in apps being developed. You can pretty much find an app for anything, and for the sake of this article we will be looking at the apps which can help increase your productivity.
This article from the Undercoverrecruiter.com gives some ideas of why productivity apps can be so helpful within business. It speaks of what sort of benefits you can get from having these apps and also touches on where to find them.
The reality is that when we do not work efficiently we are not productive and this can have a detrimental impact on business and the outcomes and goals that need to be met often aren’t or are lacking in substance.
When you read through this article you will read about a few of the more popular productivity apps, how they can be used to help you increase your productivity and what to avoid when wanting to be more efficient in the workplace and in life in general.
After reading this article you will:
- Have a list of tools and productivity apps which you can put to good use
- Read about the benefits of being more productive
- Understand how technology can be both a help and a hindrance when it comes to efficiency
8 PRODUCTIVITY APPS THAT WILL SAVE YOUR TIME, FRUSTRATION AND ENERGY
Calendly is a brilliant little tool to make scheduling appointments and meetings that much simpler.
When you first sign up with Calendly you will get a 14 day FREE trial, so you have the chance to experience it first before committing to it permanently, because after all you need to know whether it is actually something that would work for you in the long run.
With Calendly you can schedule meetings without back and forth emails, you will basically plug into it your availability and schedule and the app will do the rest for you.
If you are someone who is needing automation when it comes to setting up appointments then this is the app for you.
Here is a short video for you to watch which will give you an introduction to Calendly and show you it in action.
Are you someone who writes a lot of emails, creates content for social media or is a transcriber? Then you will know how important correct use of grammar and spelling is in order to bring across a professional tone as well as to relay the correct message and to engage with the target audience.
Welcome Grammarly! Named as one of the top grammar check programs online by Reader’s Digest.
Grammarly is an automated grammar checker and what makes it really appealing to most is that is a free app, it is also surprisingly user friendly and even has a Chrome extension.
When you have the Grammarly extension installed it will automatically pick up incorrect use of grammar as well as any misspelled words, it will highlight the word/phrase and when you click on it the correct version will appear. Quick, simple automation that will save to time and possibly even enhance what you need to say.
Have you ever noticed that when you start something, unless you see results and see them quickly you tend to quit before you even really get started?
Momentum is all you need to keep motivated and stay on track.
With Momentum you will set it up with whatever goals, tasks and habits you want to achieve in a day, week, month, year. Each day that you achieve the habit your chain will grow longer. When you see the chain growing longer with each passing day it is more likely that you will stay motivated and carry on with that particular habit.
The reason an app like this would be beneficial to you as an executive is that at the end of the day we all want to achieve more, be more, and get further in work and life. As their pay off line states “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Need motivation? Get Momentum.
If to-do lists are your thing then you will definitely enjoy the Wunderlist app.
Wunderlist allows you to create lists for virtually anything you need to do and keep track of and you can also get notifications on deadlines and so forth.
What makes this productivity app great for use in business is that you can share and collaborate with everyone within your organization via the Wunderlist app.
Financesonline.com did a review of the Wunderlist app and the results are more than favorable, with 97% of consumers saying that the app is incredibly user friendly and functional.
Some added features include reminders, notes and that it is compatible with all devices.
“I just don’t have the time.” How often do you tell yourself this in a week? Well that’s all about to change.
This is a great app for keeping track of the hours you spend on tasks versus the time you spend on distractions, and we all know how easy it is to become distracted in this day and age.
Hours makes real-time tracking easy by keeping a running list of timers that you can switch between with one tap.
Once you can see where your time is been concentrated on a weekly basis it can definitely help in keeping your productivity levels up and keep you accountable.
Some added features that Hours has is the fact that it can be used by teams as well as individuals, and you can also create wondrous visuals to track team data.
So, we have looked at many apps that help with tracking hours and creating to-do lists and so on and so on – but what about an app that helps you? The more spiritual, deeper side of things.
Well, Mindfulness would be that app.
When we look at being productive we really do need to take a holistic approach and with the Mindfulness app you can take care of your mental health and overall wellbeing.
The app is all about meditation and is suitable for meditators at all levels. It will help you to remember to do regular, daily meditations to create a balance within yourself and in return be more productive within your business.
When your mind is clear and at peace things automatically flow and fall into place without any added stress. You can read more about the major benefits of meditation and yoga and how it can improve your productivity in this article I found on the Lifehack website.
Along with the Mindfulness app you can also try listening to calming music, podcasts and tutorials.
Here is one such video you may find useful.
More of the holistic approach here with this app recommendation. It was listed as one of the 24 best workout apps on Coachmag.co.uk FIIT comes with a fitness device that can be strapped around your chest and while you complete the workouts you get real time feedback on your stats.
Short, effective work out routines to meet your needs including cardio, strength and even yoga, this little app is a definite one to get and will surely be very useful in assisting you with your daily productivity.
Here are a few examples of what you could expect when you get the Fiit app for yourself.
Voted ‘App of the Year 2017’, Calm is everything you could need for meditation and mindfulness techniques.
When you download this app you can expect daily inspiration, Sleep Stories to help you ease off into a deep, peaceful sleep and you can also find other products and resources to help you stay calm and focused throughout the day.
So in conclusion, inefficiency is detrimental to your productivity and in order to change that and be more productive in your day to day dealings within business, with your colleagues, employees, clients and so forth you need to find ways to be more efficient and therefore improve your productivity.
As mentioned before, in this day and age of technology it makes sense to use the thing that probably distracts us the most to also help with improving our productivity.
In this article I presented to you 6 of the most highly rated and used apps, apps that are touted as “productivity apps” and discussed their uses and benefits.
Now that you have the facts go and have a look at which of these, or other, apps will be of benefit to you. Would you choose one or many of these apps to help you be more productive?
Thank you for reading and let’s go be more productive starting now!