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Become More Efficient with Productivity Apps: Part 3

In the past weeks, we learned that productivity it is when your time, energy, and attention converge to create or produce your desired outcome. Remember, there is no one-size-fits-all way to be productive and everyone’s productivity goals will vary.

When used correctly and frequently, the right app will help you accomplish tasks and goals more productively. But keep in mind, an app alone isn’t going to make you more productive; it’s how you use the app.

This week, is all about Staying Focused Apps!

One of the biggest pitfalls of productivity is staying focused on the task at hand. With a million cat videos to watch, plus the bombardment of new information online every second, it can be hard to create a space to minimize distractions and focus your mind on the task at hand.

  • Focus Booster
    The focus booster app applies the pomodoro technique to overcome distractions, maintain focus, stay fresh, and still finish work on time. How the Pomodoro Technique works: Decide on the task. Set the timer for 25 minutes. Work on the task until the timer goes off. Take a short 5-minute break. Repeat steps 1-4 four times. Take a 15-30-minute break.
  • Noisli
    Noisli is a background noise and color generator ideal for working and relaxing. It includes many high-quality sounds to help you focus while working, boost productivity, relieve anxiety or to just relax while reading or before going to sleep.
  • Tide
    Tide helps you live better and sleep better with hundreds of nature sounds to use for focused work time, coffee breaks, quick nap or bedtime. Plus, a daily inspiring quote to give your day a peaceful start.
  • Forest
    This simple app allows you to set a timer, put your phone down, and focus on what you need to get accomplished in any setting. When you set a timer, you plant a tree, the tree will continue to grow throughout the set time. If at any time you leave the app before your set time, the tree will be killed. Keep building your forest every day, every single tree represents your focused time. Forest team partners with a real-tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on the earth.

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 4 in the series: To-Do List Apps

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