Sometimes it feels like there is absolutely no way to get all of the to-do lists, tasks, projects and other workplace responsibilities done and unfortunately we can not add hours to the 24 hour day. What we can do is incorporate tools that will help us be more productive and better manage the hours we do have.
So, let’s get productive! Check out these 5 productivity applications will help with your productivity.
RescueTime helps you find your ideal work-life balance. In the world we live in, our lives are almost dictated by our internet usage. It is all too easy to get distracted with the latest cat video or find yourself daydreaming after spending too much time catching up with your latest traveling friends photos; simply losing your flow and getting scattered happens.
So what to do to change this? Welcome, RescueTime! RescueTime truly helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus on being more productive. The app works by running securely in the background of your device, all the while tracking time spent on applications and websites used throughout the day. At day’s end, detailed reports and data is available to view what you are truly spending your precious time on! RescueTime is compatible with Mac, PC, Android and Linux.
HeyFocus will help you reclaim your productivity back! This app is specifically made for Mac users to essentially temporarily blacklist certain sites. Distracting websites like Facebook or Reddit can really take away from your productivity, and this is where HeyFocus comes in. HeyFocus helps you create the ideal work environment on your device, allowing you to truly get in that necessary flow state.
Once downloaded certain sites like Twitter, Skype, and more can be blacklisted for a certain period of time on all of your web browsers, such as Safari, Chrome, and FireFox. Using the pomodoro timer to break down work into smaller, more manageable intervals, say 25 minutes, helps improve your mental agility as the day goes on. Another cool feature is the library of motivation quotes. When your distracting website is blocked, a motivational quote appears to get you back on track. The quotes can even be customized to personalize your motivation, how cool is that!?
Are you wanting to accomplish more every day? Let Todoist help you! The simple, user-friendly design, helps you organize and manage tasks and projects anywhere. Whether you’re at home, school, work, on or offline, Todoist is manageable across 10+ platforms. These include but are not limited to Web, Android, iOS, OS X, Windows, Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Email, and more!
Not only can you access your tasks and projects from anywhere, but an unlimited amount of tasks can be shared with anyone, including your colleagues, family or friends. All collaborative measures on the shared projects and goals can happen in real-time, ensuring seamless usage and productivity. The distraction-free design of your to-do list is also a plus, as it is beautifully simple and intuitive, making it hard to not stay organized and motivated.
Do you simply have trouble remembering all that life requires? If so, don’t be too hard on yourself. There’s just too much to account for in modern life sometimes! But low and behold… Evernote is here to help you remember and manage everything in your complex life! Whether you need to create a project to-do list, jot down a reminder or snap a picture of a sketch, Evernote allows you to do it all.
All of the notes created are also accessible from anywhere. Once the note is saved through Evernote, it’s instantly available on all compatible devices. A major plus is also the search-ability of finding information. Whether it’s text, images or documents, you can easily search for any word ever documented in your notes. Lastly, the share factor on Evernote is great. Notes can be shared from wherever you are and group notebooks can be created to produce seamless collaboration between you and your coworkers!
Are you working with several other people? Are you all finding it hard to keep everyone on the same page? Enter, Basecamp! Basecamp helps you manage all your projects, groups & clients in one organized, calmer and more peaceful place! It is a private and secure space online where all projects can be seen, tracked, discussed and acted on very easily. All tasks, discussions, deadlines and files are seamlessly organized and simplified through Basecamp.
Some other advantages that truly helps teams create their best work include the message boards and comment threads, real-time chats or pings, automatic check-ins, to-do lists, document and file storage, and a centralized schedule. With a track record of over 12 years in business and servicing more than 100,000 companies, including well-known companies such as WWF, Sub-Zero, AIGA, NASA, Habitat For Humanity, Etsy, Petco, and many more, Basecamp is a tool that you not only can rely on, but one that will make your life much easier!
If just one of these awesome productivity apps helps you get more productive then this post has done its job, but feel free to stop back by to try a couple more. You may find one does something great but two does even more.