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9 Awesome Apps to Boost Workplace Productivity

9 Awesome Apps to Boost Workplace Productivity

When smartphones first came out, many employers debated whether to allow them in the workplace. There is still an ongoing debate whether employees should have Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, because there are both advantages and disadvantages.

BYOD policies can be very beneficial if they are well thought out. However, Andrew Borg, an analyst for the Aberdeen Group, said that it can also create an imbalance in the workplace. “The pressure on IT is intense,” Borg told CIO. “The implied threat is, ‘Give me what I know I can have, or I’ll self-provision.'”

The truth is that most companies are better off allowing BYOD, but it’s not appropriate for every organization. Allowing employees to bring their own devices to work can hinder productivity if the right safeguards aren’t place.

It’s important to have a well-thought-out BYOD policy in place. One of the most important steps is choosing the right apps.

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Productivity Apps for Your Company’s BYOD Policy

This policy should include a list of approved productivity apps. If you develop your own, we ask you to promote your app and share it with lists like ours.

Here are some of the most important to include. Asking your employees to install these apps can significantly improve their productivity.

Evernote

Employees rarely have access to their computers while taking notes. Taking notes on your mobile device before transferring them to your computer can be tedious and exhausting.

Evernote is the perfect solution. It syncs your mobile device and desktop, which minimizes the steps in the notetaking process.

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There is another great benefit of Evernote. You can use your phones voice to text tool to create text documents. This is a much more efficient way to create documents and minimizes the risk of keyboard related injuries.

Google Drive

Google Docs was always a very useful cloud storage platform. However, it used to be limited to desktop devices. Google has since release the Google Drive app, which allows you to store and access documents from your desktop, tablet and smartphone.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is an excellent time management app. You can create detailed list of tasks that you need to complete and easily check them off as they are completed. This app is a must-have for virtual assistants and other professionals that have numerous responsibilities.

1Password

Do you have trouble keeping track of your passwords? Do you often waste time resetting ones that you forgot? How much time do you waste trying to login to accounts you barely use?

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1Password is a great password management service. It remembers all of your passwords and safely stores them.

LocalVox

LocalVox is a very valuable tool for managing online content. It’s intended specifically for local businesses that publish a lot of content on social media and news sites. If you plan on promoting your business on these virtual platforms, you should consider downloading this app.

RescueTime

According to a recent poll from Salary.com, 89% of employees admit to wasting time every day. There are a number of ways that they waste time, but social media is at the top of the list.

RescueTime is a great app to help employees reclaim wasted time. You can ask employees to use this app to put restrictions on the amount of time they can use social media with their mobile device. This can be mandatory for any employees that want to access their mobile device at work.

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Calvetica Calendar

Calvetica Calendar was one of the first time management apps available on iTunes. However, many people still rely on it to this day, because it is easy to use and has a clean interface. You can download the app for only $2.99.

Droplr

Droplr is a more versatile file-sharing platform than Google Drive. While Google Drive allows you to share Microsoft Word documents, Droplr can share just about anything. It is used for distributing everything from text documents to screenshots to songs.

The best thing is that you can sync it between your desktop and mobile devices. It’s also free to use!

AwayFind

Email clutter is one of the biggest problems we deal with every day. The average employee spends a whopping 13 hours a week checking and sending emails. While email is an important way to communicate, it’s a massive time sink for people that get a lot of unimportant messages.

AwayFind is the solution you are looking for. It is a great app for managing your inbox. You can specify the recipients you want to prioritize and worry about other messages later.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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