Staying productive can be a challenge even when life is functioning normally. So in our current state, it’s become even harder to stay focused. Between adjusting to WFH, life’s daily distractions, and keeping kids entertained, there’s a lot going on.
In the midst of all these challenges, (and the new year) now is the perfect opportunity to implement tools to help you adapt to this new normal. So we’re sharing 7 of the best apps to get you started and help you stay on track, remain focused and save time. Whether it’s helping you balance work and home life, develop new helpful habits, write better, or streamline your current tasks, these apps were designed to help you move in a more productive direction.
Keep scrolling to see our favorite apps to help you stay productive!
Keep Track Of The Details
For managing all of work- and life’s- details, Evernote has you covered. The app allows you to store anything in quickly accessible notes – from a to-do list, to recipes, to upcoming plans – that you can then easily share with anyone. You can also clip from websites, add photos, or even scan in handwritten notes. A handy search function also makes it simple to find items and Evernote syncs across all your devices, so your information is always easily accessible.
Watch Good Behavior Grow
There’s a reason this is the most popular productivity app. Not only is it effective in helping develop better habits, but it also helps benefit the planet (seriously)! The premise of the app is simple: whenever you want to focus on a task and not be distracted, you plant a tree. A timer will then start for 30 minutes. If you leave the app during that time, the tree will die. But if you stay in the app, a tree grows. The more you continue resisting distraction, more and more trees will grow. Before you know it, you’ll have built a new healthy habit and a cute virtual forest. The app has also partnered with Trees of the Future to plant actual trees (over 785,000 so far).
Make Things Easier, Everyday
Taking the actual work out certain tasks is what makes this app so smart (and useful). IFTTT (which stands for If This Than That) allows other apps and programs to “talk” to each other and make certain tasks happen automatically. Thousands of connections have already been created to help streamline tasks- you simply open the app and select. You can create have a Google Calendar event created when an Evernote reminder is added, save all Google docs to Dropbox, or have any photos you take added directly to Facebook, Flickr, or lots of other programs. And besides being productive, there are also connections that are just plain smart, like having lights turn on at sunset, an email sent to you when it’s going to rain, or have music play when you wake up.
PRODUCTIVE- HABIT TRACKER
Stick To Healthy Habits
Ready to build new routines and positive habits? Productive Habit Tracker is a great place to start. The app allows you to create new habits and routines and then schedule them throughout your day, week, and month. You can then create smart reminders to alert you each day, set personal goals, and track your progress. Successfully finishing tasks creates chains of completed habits and encourages you to stick with your new routines.
We spend countless hours each day composing emails, so why not make your writing smarter? The Grammarly app automatically edits your writing for spelling, grammar, and punctuation, offering real-time edits and suggestions. It also integrates seamlessly with all your other apps and your mobile browser, so no matter where you’re writing, you’ll have the tools right at hand. From important emails to presentations, social media and more, the app will make sure your writing is polished and professional – and save you time from having to spell-check.
Track Your Time
For anyone who bills clients hourly or needs to track hours, Time Camp is an invaluable asset. The app automatically keeps track of your time, assigns it to projects, and presents each day’s hours in an easy to digest pie chart. You can then create invoices based on hours, manage a project, or integrate into your calendar. And even if you don’t work on an hourly basis, tracking your time- and how you spend it- can help you make the most of your day and plan ahead for how to use your time effectively.
Keep Projects Productive
Keeping things organized and on track is what Asana does best. The app allows you to create multiple projects, assign tasks, add updates, and set deadlines, all in one place. Daily to-do lists can help you manage your day and see what tasks are most pressing. While you can use this for just yourself, it’s also tailored for larger teams looking for an easy to use place to communicate, get updates from co-workers, and see progress. Asana also integrates with e-mail and calendars to provide you with notifications once tasks are completed.
Let us know which apps you use to stay productive in the comments below.