“It’s not knowing what to do, it’s doing what you know.” – Tony Robbins
Productivity may seem like this moving target for you – one day you’re crushing it and achieving above and beyond what you had planned, and the next day, it’s all gone to south.
Time management is a skill that can be mastered. Time is your most valuable asset and it’s time (yup, pun intended) to take back control of your life. It’s time for some productivity apps that work and you can easily incorporate into your daily workflow.
Read on for 5 top productivity apps to start using today to make you more productive
1. Avoid distractions
Put an end to the brain drain that notifications, alerts, tweets, insta stories and the like are having on your productivity. Instead, grow a tree. Literally.
The productivity app, Forest, grows a virtual trees on your phone when you’re not using. You set a timer (in my case it’s 25 minutes) and lay your phone down. You may not check messages, answer calls or visit sites on your phone for that period of time. If you do, your tree will wither away.
The point of the app is to grow a forest of trees which you can reflect back on and see just how productive you’ve been. It’s a winner in my book!
2. Keep a simple To-Do list
Trello offers a clean and easy-to-use interface. It categorizes your tasks by showing what needs to be done, who needs to do it (team management), which tasks are priorities and which tasks have been completed. Trello also lets you break tasks down into smaller parts, making them easier to handle.
I love the cross-platform usability which keeps me on task, and allows you to check off items as you go.
3. Take a Mindful break
Productivity comes in many forms, and taking a break, means you can come back to your task refreshed and invigorated. Headspace is personal meditation guide, that walks you through the steps. This is great, especially for meditation newbies as it takes out the guesswork. Daily meditation breaks has been shown to reduce daily stress and perceived stress.
I love how it serves as a daily reminder to take a break, breathe, and remind myself that I’m in control of my emotions regardless of what’s happening around me.
4. Increase your MAC efficiency
Ok, so this isn’t a productivity app – but it’s such a time saver, it had to make the list. Instead of flipping from window to window, Magnet is a helpful tool to see everything at once. You can size a window into half of your screen, drag windows to the corners and snap them into quarters if you need. You won’t have to switch back and forth, and instead can view them all directly side by side.
If you’re transitioning from Windows to Mac, this is one tool that’ll make it easier.
Magnet: 99 cents [Mac]
5. Use an inbox assistant
Astro is a built-in virtual assistant for your inbox, which can remove clutter, create follow-up reminders, and prioritizes email. It’s powered by artificial intelligence and responds to voice commands, making it easy to use.
Give one of these productivity tools a try, and remember…
~ Persist and Grow Forth ~
What are some of your holy-grail productivity apps? I’d love to hear them, share it in the comments below.