We live in an odd time in which the technology all around us can either cultivate productivity or absolute destroy it, depending on how it’s used.
With your smartphone, you have the ability to stay connected to your colleagues and bosses at all times; this can be good for those moments when time is of the essence, or it can be a killer when you’re under a deadline and your phone buzzes every two minutes with reply-all email that don’t concern you.
If you can ignore the text messages from friends and shut off the ESPN SportsCenter updates during your work hours, there are many apps available that will increase your productivity in a variety of ways. And the best part is, most of them are either free or can be purchased for less than five bucks.
The following infographic from ERS Computer Solutions describes eight apps aimed at increasing your efficiency both at work and in your personal life. Using these apps, you can keep track of your schedule, to do list, expenses, and your activity backlog. If you have a bunch of different passwords for your various accounts (as you should), you can keep a log of all of them in one app safely on your phone.
One app that stood out as useful for anyone in their personal life is Thinglist, which lets you make lists of things in various categories that you want to experience, like what movies you want to see and restaurants you want to dine at. In a busy world in which we often put our own interests on the back burner, such an app will help remind us of why we work so hard in the first place.
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