We all want to be productive–whether it is for work or for personal activities like exercising–we want to get more things done in less time.
With the help of our mobile devices, we now have access to a lot of tools that can help us become more productive.
So, what are the best productivity apps that you should immediately download and install in your smarthphone or tablet?
Without a doubt, Evernote is the best note-taking app I’ve ever used. I’ve downloaded and tried a lot (as in a lot) of note-taking apps for the past few years, and so far, nothing beats Evernote’s diversity and comprehensive features. Best of all, it’s free!
You can upgrade your account to premium by paying $4.99/month or $44.99/year if you want to access more features.
Things you can do with Evernote:
- Save text and audio notes from any device (iOS, Android, PC)
- Automatically sync notes from all devices
- Access notes even if you’re offline
Because of this app, I was able to write more notes than ever. As a writer, I need to constantly jot down my ideas for a new post or if I made an amazing realization. When I started using this in January of this year, I only had four measly notes. Now, I have more than 200 notes and counting!
Flipboard is a news & magazine app that allows you to collect all of your feeds into one neat place. You can add your favorite website’s feed, the Facebook pages of your favorite celebrities, and even the YouTube subscriptions all in one place.
Not only that, the layout of the feeds are arranged in a way that is neat and artistic.
As a tech blogger, I have to keep myself updated with all the latest news related to mobile and digital technology. However, manually going through each blog is a pain in the ass. With Flipboard, I just have to set up the websites and news feeds that I want to see and voila! I have access to all of the sites I’m following all in one place. I can scan the latest tech news with just a few “flips”.
Dubbed as the “DVR for the web”, Pocket allows you to save all the articles that you want to read at a later time in one place. You can access the articles even when you’re not connected to the internet.
You can also use this app on any device—even when you’re on the computer.
I read a lot of blog posts and articles from all over the web. But sometimes, I don’t have a lot of time to go through all of them. So, I just save the important articles in my Pocket account and read it a later time. I usually read them when I’m commuting, and I don’t have access to the internet. This has helped me learn new techniques about writing and promoting my blog while on the go.
4. Astrid Tasks
Astrid task is a to-do list app and much more. It allows you to create different lists and sync the lists across multiple platforms. In addition, you can easily share specific lists if you want to collaborate with your friends and colleagues.
This is a great app if you want to establish a new habit. This was most especially helpful to me at the beginning of the year when I planned the things I’ll be working on and how much time I need to spend on each task.
What I did was set recurring tasks, so I’ll always be reminded to do them at a specific time. Because of this, I was able to form a habit of working on my blog for one hour every day (except on weekdays).
“The popular FREE “StopWatch & Timer” app on Android. Beautifully clean, simple and reliable. Used by millions of people since 2009.
While doing research on productivity techniques, I discovered that you could do more if you time your tasks. This way every minute is accounted for. According to Pick the Brain,
when you’ve got a timing ticking away, you’ll suddenly discover a new sense of focus which you never knew you had.
For example, researching for new topics can sometimes turn to aimless Googling. When I give myself ten minutes for research, then I need to make sure that every minute counts. I also use a timer at work and have tremendously improved my output. I was able to do more in less time!
6. Android Time
Android Time is like your digital time card.
You can use it to track the time you’ve spent on each project. It allows you to create different “Jobs” along with its corresponding job descriptions. This is a must-have for freelancers or for those who work on a project basis instead of an hourly rate.
This is one of the most recent apps that really helped me increase my productivity. I mostly use it to record the time I spend working on my blog and studying online courses.
Right now, I’m taking a Gamification course in Coursera.org. This course requires me a few hours each week in order to complete all the weekly courses.
Being aware of the actual time I spend on each task helps me to adjust my schedule.
How can a music player increase your productivity?
There have been many scientific studies proving the link between music and productivity. In 1972, for example, Fox and Embrey created a series of experiments that showed how music can increase productivity when doing repetitive tasks.
I not only use this app to play music, but I also use it as a learning tool by listening to different podcasts. One of the podcasts I listen to is Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income where he shares tips on how you can improve and monetize your blog.
I also listen to Grammar Girl! I absolutely love her podcasts as they are very informative and entertaining (at least to grammar geeks). 🙂 It helps me brush up on my grammar skills, which is an important tool for writers!
Planning ahead of time is one of the most essential steps in productivity. The Google Calendar app is a simple yet effective way of planning your activities for the week and the entire month.
What’s great about Google Calendar is its flexibility and availability.You can access it from any device, you can share events to anyone with a Gmail account, and it even sends a reminder before the actual event.
If you’re not taking advantage of this amazing app or its browser counterpart, I highly suggest spending a few minutes with it and see how it works for you.
One of Pat Flynn’s best productivity advice is to make your health a priority. And I think this absolutely makes sense. You can’t accomplish anything when you’re sick.
So, pedometer apps like Walkroid can help you keep track of your activity level. Although it’s not 100% accurate, it is a great app to track your daily steps.
When you’re healthy and active, you feel good about yourself.
When you feel good about yourself, you’re in the best condition to do more every single day. 🙂
10. TED or any motivational app
A motivational app is a must-have for people who want to get more out of life. The TED app allows you to access tons of informational, entertaining, and inspirational talks from different personalities in all sorts of industries.
Bonus Productivity Tips:
- Listen to upbeat music without lyrics when working.
- Find the best time of the day when you’re productive.
- Do not push yourself when you’re tired. Rest first. Resume working at a later time.
- Meditate and take the time to clear your mind.
By downloading apps that works best for you and keeping yourself active, you can definitely do more and be more! 🙂
What is your favorite productivity app?
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