In today’s world, we have a lot going on, and a lot of distractions. This is especially true for those who work in an office with Internet access, as Facebook and other social media platforms can provide brief distractions that quickly add up to hours spent watching cat videos. Even if you don’t end up behind on your work, it can be hard to keep track of everything we need and want to do in such a busy world.
There are a number of apps available for your phone to help keep you on track. To improve your productivity, it is important to tackle what is preventing you from doing your work. For example, if you simply forget a task, a good calendar and reminder system could help. If you lose track of information easily, it helps to have it all in one place.
Some recommended apps are:
- Google Calendar – This app is able to sync with your Gmail account, adding any events you create there to your phone automatically. It can also sync with other calendar apps, so switching is easy. It also lets you list to-do items and will space out goals, such as exercising four days a week, so everything you need to remember to do is in one place.
- Evernote – Evernote has long been recognized for its seamlessness and ease of use. It can work with a variety of applications such as Microsoft, and sync with your computer’s copy. It’s the perfect platform for taking down notes to detailing out full events.
- Google Drive – A cloud-based storage app, Google Drive lets you store files and access them from any device. They can be organized into folders, and are great for collaborations, as you can invite specific people to edit the documents.
- Dropbox – Dropbox is also a storage app, but has the benefit of being able to send documents to other users without email. This means you can send images that are usually too big emails with ease, and backup any documents you wish to save. If you travel a lot, Dropbox is a great way to have all of your files at your fingertips.
- Productivity Challenge Timer – This app encourages you to work harder every day, and will reward you with ranks and achievements if you succeed, and remove ranks if you don’t. It tracks how long it takes you to complete it project, and so allows you to see your strengths and weakness work-wise. It does not have a pause button and doesn’t recognize holidays and other events, so it can be difficult to maintain your rank if you do not meet your daily goals. That said, it is still a great tool for measuring where you are and where you are going productivity-wise.
- Alarm Clock Xtreme Free +Timer – A new tracker lets you see your sleep pattern, while the alarm itself can be set in a number of ways to force you to get up. From a large snooze button (preventing you from bumping dismiss instead) to having to solve a math problem to dismiss it, this app will help you get up on time.