From grocery shopping, cleaning, spending time with family and friends, sleeping, eating, exercising, hobbies, and catching up on the latest episode of the The Bachelor— it sometimes feels almost impossible to accomplish everything we’d like to in a single day.
Luckily, there are literally 100s of productivity apps available to help you become more efficient. In this 5-part series, you’ll learn how to use productivity apps to stay organized with your time online, track and maintain habits, harness your focus when working on a task, stay on top of your to-do lists, and find your Zen with mindfulness and meditation.
Productivity and Your Goals
So what is productivity? Essentially it is the efficient use of your resources, skills, and energy to create or produce your desired outcome. More simply, when your time, energy, and attention converge, that’s when you’ve hit the productivity sweet spot!
Before getting started, it’s important to figure out what your productivity goals are. There is no one-size-fits-all way to be productive. Your personal productivity goals will vary depending on your lifestyle, priorities, and responsibilities like working or taking care of kids.
Why Use Productivity Apps?
When used correctly and frequently, the right app will help you accomplish tasks and goals more productively. Apps are mobile, easy to access, and designed to help achieve your specific productivity goals.
Keep in mind, an app alone isn’t going to make you more productive. It’s how you use the app. My best advice is to find an app that works and stick with it, learning the features and benefits of how it can assist you in your productivity goals. Give it at least two weeks to see if you like it or not before discarding it.
Time Management/Tracker Apps
We all have the same amount of time in a day, but it’s how we can effectively use that time to accomplish our goals, responsibilities, and priorities. I’m sure many of us are not aware of how much of our days are taken up by certain activities, especially when you are working online. These apps are used to show where your time online is being used. This information can help you keep better track of your time and stay focused on tasks, and make you more aware of online time suckers.
RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive. The program runs securely in the background on your computer/devices, tracking time spent on applications and websites. Detailed reports give you accurate pictures of how you spent your time online. You can even set alerts to let you know when you’ve spent a certain amount of time on an activity —cough Facebook cough
Toggle is a hassle-free time tracking software ideal for teams, freelancers and agencies. Simply push a button and start the timer to track projects. Useful for accurate and transparent client billing and gives managers an overview of their team’s work.
Apps listed are available on a variety of platforms. Some are free to use and some come with an initial cost or have added features at an additional charge.
Tune in next week for Part 2 in the series: Habit Forming Apps