Best Apps To Increase Productivity in 2018

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Everyone wants to do more in less time. Luckily today this is becoming increasingly easy to do thanks to many useful apps that we carry around with us in our smartphones. With these apps, it’s easy to save time and cut out the extra steps that are necessary for completing daily tasks.

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These apps are even making themselves easier to use since they’re synced across multiple platforms now. All of this works together to make your life easier.

Track Where Your Time Goes

When you want to be more productive it’s important to start by tracking where your time goes. Once you take note of that, you’ll find that it’s easier to buckle down and focus. Of course, this is what being more productive is all about. So, with this in mind, you’ll want to start by using apps like:

  • TripIt tracks your travel, making it easier to organize your expenses and file your taxes.
  • Pocket Analytics helps you to always know the status of your business’ web analytics. The easy-to-read mobile overview gives you access to a dashboard that tracks multiple services.
  • Box is a cloud storage system that helps you track your projects in real-time. This is essential when you’re working with a remote team. Its responsive design is effective regardless of what device you’re using.
  • RescueTime allows you to track how you spend your time online. At the end of the week, it sends you a report about what sites you browse, how often and for how long you browse them. You can then create personal productivity goals and watch your progress from your dashboard. Life Hack says this is a great way to see where you’re spending your time so you can cut out those things that are wasting your time.
  • Lift helps you turn your goals into action with expert-led plans, community habits, and customizable goals. Simply check into this system to track and record your progress. The support really makes this app work well. This support includes peer coaching, support from friends and family, and reminders to motivate you. With this simple app you won’t just set new goals, you’ll actually make them happen.
  • FocusList forces you to focus on one task without getting distracted. It tracks the time you spend on a task and helps you concentrate better.
  • Hours will tell you how you’ve spent your day so you can be more productive. Hours tracks the time you spend on tasks vs. distractions then gives you an ROI of your time at the end of the week.
  • Strides is a highly motivational app that lets you create habits that it tracks for you. It gives you statistics on how well you’ve done too.
  • Timestats is a Chrome plugin that lets you track your time and work at being more productive. It gives you an easy to view pie chart of your weekly site visits so you’ll immediately know how you’ve spent your time in regards to work, research, studying and personal time. It automatically adds site categories when visit them so you can see how much time you spend on each one.
  • Wunderlist is a general to-do list manager. It keeps your personal and professional life in sync by scheduling tasks and tracking how much time it takes you to do them. You can continually add to your lists without worrying about forgetting what you need to do.

Manage Your Projects

Once you take note of what projects are taking the most time, you can find some great apps that will help you manage these projects. By doing so you’ll find ways to save time on these as well. For this, Entrepreneur says that you’ll want to check out apps like:

  • Asana helps you reduce internal email, delegate tasks and check the status of your projects from one central dashboard once you set it up.
  • Trello is a very popular priority management app. It categorizes your tasks according to what needs to be done, who needs to do it (great for team management), what tasks take priority, and what tasks you’ve completed. It also lets you break tasks down into manageable parts so they’re easier to handle. This is a great tool for smaller personal to-do lists.
  • Todoist has a very user-friendly approach that makes quick work of showing you what you need to do each day, week or month. This is a seamless way to delegate work too.

Maintain Work-Life Balance Through Scheduling

Obviously you can’t allow these projects to overtake your life. Instead, you’ll need to find a way to strike a work-life basis. There are some great apps to help you with this as well, including:

  • Evernote is a great place to list everything you need to do because you can access it from any device. This not only helps you stay organized with your daily schedule but it’s also a great place to save any ideas you get when you’re away from the office. Some of its other really cool features include recording voice reminders, taking notes and taking pictures to add to your notes.With the paid version you can enjoy added security, work offline, create videos using a full-screen layout of your notes, and collaborate on your notes with others.
  • UberConference is another great option if you want to attend quick meetings and at the same time want to save time. It proves to be great when you want to collaborate with your remote employees. You can have your meetings right from your home, from your office desk or from anywhere you like for that matter.

Regardless of what type of business you manage or how you do so, it’s important to be productive. Techniques and strategies don’t work as well as these tools will though. Of course, the combination of things is a real win for you so give them a try today.

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John Reiley

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John Reiley is an NYC-based senior business analyst. He has been helping small business owners plan their strategies for success since 2005. He is a big gadget freak who loves to share his views on latest technologies and applications.

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