5 handy apps to make you more productive!
In this day and age, there are so many things that can distract us from work and encourage procrastination. The main culprit of this being technology and the internet. Whether it’s during a long day at work or sat at home putting off doing household chores, we’ll always be able to find something that will hinder our productivity. But there are some clever people out there who have tried to make our busy lives – and easily distracted brains – a bit more productive by coming up with some innovative apps which can help us plan our days better, inspire us and speed up certain tasks. I have created a list of what I think are the top 5 productivity apps which will help you get a bit more done in your day and make everything a little bit better. Click on the titles to find out where and how to download each app.
Though this app could potentially be seen as a tool for procrastination, I’ve included it in this list as it can also act as a great source of inspiration. Essentially Zite is your own personal magazine, it brings together a collection of articles that you will be interested in, the app auto-curates content relevant to you based on your social media networks, RSS subscription and viewing habits all in one place, so every day you may discover something new that will inspire you and subconsciously encourage you to become more proactive!
Pocket is an app available on any device, and essentially it allows you to save any interesting articles or videos you may find in one place, across all your devices, so you can look at them later – great for if you find yourself easily distracted, you can just save anything interesting to have a look at when you’re not at work! It also allows anything you’ve ‘pocketed’ to be saved offline, making it perfect for commutes. Pocket also has a browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Internet Explorer so you can save things from your computer too.
This app is only relevant to people who travel by car (as most of the RTA team commute to and from work by car I thought this might lend a helping hand) and is about contributing to the ‘common good’ out there on the road. Waze connects drivers together and aims to improve the quality of everyone’s daily drive. Users simply open the app on their phone before starting a journey and passively contribute traffic and other road data, and can share road reports on accidents or other hazards on their journey, thus giving other road users in that area a heads up on what’s around them. Waze is home to an active community of online map editors who make sure the information in their area is as up to date as possible.
This one is for iPhone users, and the title definitely gives away what this app is all about, it’s a very simple and easy way of storing information from business cards on your phone which can be easily accessed as the information is imported directly to your iOS contacts. The app can be integrated with LinkedIn, Salesforce and Evernote, and can be easily integrated into other CRM systems. Although this app is fairly pricey at £4.99, in the long run this will increase your productivity tenfold if you find yourself looking through piles of business cards to find the person you want.
Free time, like the name suggests, automatically searches through your calender to find the free time you have throughout your day. For people with busy schedules this is a great app to help you manage your day in a more positive way, as instead of concentrating on how much you have to do, it focuses more on when you’re free to do things. Your free time can also be shared with friends through text messages, auto formatted emails and even by bumping phones.