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8 Apps to use in Summer 2016

8 Apps to use in Summer 2016

Planning a short August holiday? Sometimes the best tool for preparing and sorting your holiday is available in your pocket every day. I’ve picked out some of the top apps that I think will allow you to organise and perfect your holiday experience. Whether it’s capturing the moments or brushing up on the lingo, this selection has my highest recommendations:

1. Grid Diary

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    Want to kick-off that journal you’ve been talking about all year? Summer holiday is a perfect time, grabbing a notebook is an option, but so is Grid Diary. It’s a great app for creating short diary entries, but also answering the questions that matter to you every day. Eg. What is my focus today?

    Worth using by the pool to get clear on your goals, and capture some memories. I’ve been using this across my week and have found some great ways to improve smaller areas of my lifestyle. It’s free on iOS too.

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    2. Quick Fit

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      Already booked the holiday and need some quick workout time? This App is fantastic for smart 7-minute workouts with no weights needed. Waiting at the airport, and want to quickly boost your energy? These workouts are designed to be short, sharp and lots of fun. This is a handy app for your adventures – it’s £1.49 or $2.79 on iOS.

      3. Todoist

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        Want to get a little work done on the holiday, or blog your experiences? But need a tool to manage your task list. Todoist is your ideal to do list for on the go. It’s perfect for a vacation as it has a substantial offline experience, allowing you to get a lot of work ticked off without WiFi. Download on iOS, Android and Windows Phone (free).

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        4. FlashAcademy

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          Need to brush up on your language skills before the big summer holiday? This new language learning app would be my tip! Great selection of short-burst 5-minute lesson as well as some pretty addictive word games. I also love the Object translator within the app; you can translate anything around you into lots of different languages. I’m currently using it for French and enjoying the experience, as well as the cultural tips within the lessons. Download on iOS and Android (free)

          5. SimpleHabit

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            It’s time to zen out on this holiday, grab some free space. Take a few of the guided meditations sessions on this App, and enjoy some think space-time. I took some of the sessions on this App in the morning every two days; it helps me improve my focus for the day, and something I think everyone should try out. Kick back and try some out on your holiday for super relaxation.

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            6. Google Keep

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              They keep building on Google Keep, and it keeps getting better. No pun intended. They’ve added a web clipped and smarter label features to the service, and it’s great. I recommend for making short notes, or lists. Imagine these as your digital Post-it notes. Keep is perfect for quick notes and recommendations for food, locations, and contacts you discover on your holiday. Download on iOS and Android (free).

              7. HelloTalk

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                HelloTalk is a great app for before you go abroad. Use HelloTalk to start speaking with natives, and building mini-friendships by teaching and learning from others. I really enjoy using HelloTalk, it’s impressive. It’s fun, it’s easy to get started and will massively help you progress with your language learning. Download on iOS and Android (free)

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                8. Google Photos

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                  You’ll go to holiday, and stress out about having to delete those 340 photos from your camera roll to free-up space for the vacation snaps. Google photos are your ideal companion on holiday to manage all your photos without any issues. It’s totally free too! And I can’t stop recommending it! Download for free for Android and iOS.

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                  Last Updated on May 28, 2020

                  18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

                  18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

                  No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. Undoubtedly, it has allowed us to connect, perform, improve, and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                  If you’re not taking advantage of some of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                  But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use?

                  Well, this will depend on your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 18 of the best time management apps that can help you with the most common challenges of managing time.

                  Let’s dive straight into the list.

                  1. Rescue Time – Use Your Time Wisely

                    If you have doubts if you are using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. Aside from its automatic time-tracking feature, this app also has distraction blocking and efficient report tools.

                    RescueTime helps you avoid being overwhelmed by too many tasks. This app also has a team software that’s dedicated to time management among team members. With this app, you may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                    2. Remember The Milk – Keep on Top of All Your Tasks

                      If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool that is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc., and it allows you to sync all your devices for easier time management.

                      This app will help you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them – wherever you are. You can share tasks and lists with others, making it a great tool for teams as well.

                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                      3. Focus Keeper – Boost Motivation to Complete Tasks

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                        This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and it is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It has a simple, efficient user interface that is easily customizable based on your needs.

                        Focus Keeper is designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures. This is a great app to use if you want to prevent yourself and your team from being burned out.

                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                        4. Toggl – Keep Track of Time Spent on Projects and Tasks

                          Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks and through analysis – working out how you can manage them more effectively. Toggl allows you to do all this even with its simple design.

                          Toggl includes great time-saving features integrated with its intuitive interface. This is a great alternative to time-sheets if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects.

                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                          5. Dropbox – Store and Send Large Files Easily

                            There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices, but Dropbox is free and it is easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go. It is an easy way to share your files and documents with others for improved productivity.

                            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                            6. Evernote – Keep All Your Notes in One Place

                              Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts, and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes, or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches, and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to better optimize your time.

                              Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

                              7. MindNode — Focus on Tasks at Hand With Mind Mapping

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                                Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mindnode is one of the best free mind mapping apps available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

                                This app allows you to customize various visual tags and templates to suit your needs. You can also easily share your documents with others.

                                Available on iOS and Desktop

                                8. GoodSync – Back Up and Sync Your Files Effortlessly

                                  This software allows you to back up, restore, and synchronize your files easily. It supports folders from a variety of locations, and it has filtering options that let you exclude subfolders from synchronizing.

                                  This app also allows you to sync files to and from your phone. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this tool.

                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                  9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) – Manage Your To-Do Lists Effectively

                                    Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, work with your to-do lists, and organize your goals. This task management software helps you target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives.

                                    MyLifeOrganized is one of the best task management apps for focused work. It automatically generates to-do lists with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                    10. 1Password – Have All Your Passwords Remembered

                                      1Password allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database – protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. This also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                      Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

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                                      11. Pocket – Keep Your Eye on the Ball

                                        When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. That’s why you need effective time management apps like Pocket. You can use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time. This prevents you from getting distracted and negatively impacting your immediate work.

                                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                        12. Focus@Will – Boost Your Attention Span

                                          This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400% using Focus@Will, making this one of the best time management apps available.

                                          Focus@will is ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working, or reading. It also helps you control your ADD.

                                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                          13. Alfred – Interact With Your Computer in a Smart Way

                                            This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want. The only downside is that it’s only available for macOS.

                                            Available on desktop (macOS)

                                            14. Forest – Boost Your Focus by Growing a Forest

                                              Forest is a unique reinvention of time management apps. This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track by making you focus on another thing.

                                              The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop (Firefox Add-on)

                                              15. Trello – Track Your projects in a highly visual way

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                                                Trello is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board, which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed. This serves as your cue to start working on and completing the associated tasks.

                                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                16. Quire – Unfold Your Ideas

                                                  Quire is an innovative time management app that helps boost your team’s productivity. The strength of this app lies in its features for collaboration and ease of sharing. You can streamline and adjust your workflow based on your team’s needs and preferences.

                                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                  17. TimeTree – Have a Shared Calendar With Your Family

                                                    This TimeTree app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments with each other. So, whether you’re planning a party or running a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                    Available on iOS and Android

                                                    18. Todoist – Capture and Order All Your Tasks and Activities Easily

                                                      Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list and one of the best time management apps out there. It’s available via browser and app, and it lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as a given due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                      The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools available. And the good news is that many of them are completely free of charge!

                                                      So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you, and begin boosting your productivity now!

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