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Introducing 13 Useful Free Apps For you To Install Today

Introducing 13 Useful Free Apps For you To Install Today

We all want to be more productive, healthier and happier. Basically we want to be “more”. More work done, more exercise and fitness, more joy and happiness and more of living, every day.

But with the everyday stresses and strains, tensions and turbulences – we make our lives complicated, unproductive and tend to lose sight of the little big things along the way. Life is supposed to be about the journey but often, we end up making it just about the goals. Try these apps that we have collected for you – that make life easier, simpler and all that more joyful.

1. Paste 2

An impressive clipboard manager with a great user interface, the app can store unlimited things (text, tables, images, code). It can copy and store them for you in a dated way – for you to use and access any time you want to. It’s a Mac app and can be downloaded here.

    2. Headspace 2.0

    Need an app to reduce stress and anxiety levels as well as increase focus and concentration? Headspace 2.0 helps you do that by making you meditate for just 10 minutes every day. You can get it here

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      3. Panda Focus Mode

      If you’re the kind that gets distracted easily while working, here’s an app that will pop up and show you your to-do-list and guilt you into completing your work!

        4. Hocus Focus

        Want something that keeps your screen clutter free and your mind focused on the task on hand? Try Hocus Focus, an app that that automatically hides application windows that have been inactive for some time.

          5. f.lux

          Permanently adjusting the brightness of your computer screen? Try the f.lux app that adjusts the brightness of the screen according to the time of the day, all by itself thus letting your eyes avoid any strain.

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            6. Freedom

            So if the entire world and its neighbor is becoming a distraction, at least on the Internet – get your work done by blocking it by using the Freedom app. It blocks every darn thing that’s lowering your productivity thus letting you work in peace and quiet!

              7. Forest

              Need to sharpen your focus, but in a fun way? Try Forest, a paid app that uses gamification to help you focus on what matters most in your life – when you can focus, the tree will grow. When you can’t, the tree dies!

                8. HabitRPG

                Again a game-based app – HabitRPG or Habitica rewards you, once you have achieved your goals. You can input your daily goals and to-do list and once they have been completed, unlock rewards.

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                  9. Mindbloom

                  Mindbloom is aptly named for it is an app that helps to keep track of your emotion and better your mental health.

                    10. Waterlogd

                    Need help with your daily eater intake? Waterlogd, as the name suggests, keeps a track of your water intake thus helping you to be healthier, inside out!

                      11. Gmailify

                      Tired of too many e-mail accounts? Gmailify helps you gather all the emails from different email accounts into your preferred Gmail inbox in a simple and sleek way.

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                        12. Clarity Money

                        Need help with spending, or rather, not spending money aka saving? Clarity Money is a personal financial all that will help you curtail spending, start saving – all by using behavioral science tips.

                          13. Coach.me

                          Want to learn some new tricks? Or new skills? Coach.me will help you do just that and more…

                            14. Stand Up! The Work Break Timer

                            So we all know that sitting for long, uninterrupted hours is a bad idea. Try Stand Up – an app that will remind you to get up and take a break if you have been sitting for a long time.

                              So give these apps a whirl and watch them make a positive difference in your life!

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                              Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                              10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                              10 Smartest Productivity Software to Boost Work Performance

                              Productivity is the ability to perform tasks efficiently and in a timely manner. In today’s busy and competitive business world, productivity is paramount for any business, organization or corporation.

                              Productivity is more than just performing tasks successfully. It is about investing and allocating resources, so the company or business can perform to meet its core goals.

                              As part of 2019, it is important to commit to new goals. When shopping around for new productivity software keep in mind the following things: cost, reliability, cross-platform compatibility, on the go, technical support, etc.

                              In the subsequent sections, we will examine the most recommended productivity software in the marketplace. In addition, we will look at what makes them tick and what separates them from the rest of the pack.

                              Projects and Tasks Management

                              1. Monday dot com

                                Monday dot com was founded to create a team management solution so people connect to workplace processes across any industry. The productivity tool is used in more than 140 countries.

                                The user interface is intuitive and impressive. It makes collaboration productive and fun because of its simplicity.

                                The tool is deemed to have one of the best user experiences across the mobile and online project and task management platform.

                                The product includes usability, customization, admin control, group management and control, private or public control, in-group messaging and more.

                                Check out the software here!

                                2. Asana

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                                  The mantra behind Asana’s product is to enable teams from across different organizations to work together effortlessly.

                                  The software comes with lots of customizations. When you create a project as a user, you can choose between a traditional task view and the kanban-style board view. The dashboard allows you to see the progress on a project, and it includes an excellent advanced set of search tools.

                                  Also, Asana’s Android and iOS apps do retain the web interface’s clean look and feel.

                                  Check out the software here!

                                  3. Trello

                                    Trello was founded in the summer of 2010 and two years later the platform added 500,000 members. Anyone within sales, marketing, HR and operations can collaborate successfully with this product.

                                    Moreover, the tool has over 100 plus integrations with Google Drive, Slack, Jira and others. The product works flawlessly across various platforms.

                                    Some of the well-known features includes is speed, easy-to-use, and set up. The interface includes due dates, assignments, file storage, checklists and more.

                                    Check out the software here!

                                    4. Jira

                                      The Jira software is flexible and heralded as the next-generation project.

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                                      The software allows teams to design and adapt the software to an organization’s needs. This includes having visibility into long term goals, project roadmaps, status of work, real-time release information and more. In addition, the interface is customizable.

                                      The Atlassian Cloud does not support multiple separate domains, subdomains or domain aliases in Google Apps.

                                      Check out the software here!

                                      5. Evernote Business

                                        Evernote was founded in 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. The company was founded on the premise that their product should address the ever-increasing volume and speed of information.

                                        The product helps bring together groups of teams because of versatility and functionality. It creates documents, collaboration on projects, store information all a single location.

                                        Moreover, you can find information quickly and includes effective search capabilities and integrations with existing tools you may already use.

                                        Check out the software here!

                                        Communication

                                        6. Slack

                                          Slack was founded in 2013 and the tool is heralded as a collaboration hub. Slack is where productivity happens. When you start a new project, hire new staff, deploy a code, review a sales contract, finalize on a budget, Slack covers all of these. Some of the major highlights include highly customizable notifications and seamless integrations with other collaboration and office tools. The free version of the software comes loaded with features, but does not archive old message. So, you have to review what are the best options for your organization or business.

                                          Check out the software here!

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                                          7. Spike

                                            Newcomer Spike makes emails more conversational by helping teams maintain productivity, communication, and collaboration. All of these are achieved from within their inbox.

                                            Spike works on top of any existing email (O365, G suite, and IMAP) turning it into a real-time messenger and making your communication much more functional and efficient.

                                            Spike’s features include built-in groups and channels, voice and video calls, email encryption, instant access to all your files, and much more.

                                            Check out the software here!

                                            Creation

                                            8. Office 365

                                              Microsoft’s Office 365 could not be excluded from the conversation and especially as it pertains to productivity software.

                                              Of course we are all familiar with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. But there is more capabilities that come with it.

                                              You have business-class email, online storage space, and teamwork solutions. These services can be accessed from just about anywhere.

                                              Within this suite is Microsoft Sway, which is a presentation software and a step above PowerPoint.

                                              Check out the software here!

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                                              9. Grammarly

                                                Grammarly helps to cut down time on editing. Professionals in several industries like law, healthcare, academia, marketing, engineering and journalism use it to provide instant feedback on the accuracy of writing in English.

                                                Once you install the extension from Google Chrome, you can get corrections when you are drafting an email, using social media and other apps.

                                                Grammarly is AI powered and it’s a wonderful tool to have to check spelling and grammar before a presentation.

                                                Check out the software here!

                                                Team Analytics

                                                10. ActivTrak

                                                  ActivTrak is a business intelligence tool that allows you to access team behavior analytics. In other words, it is data-driven.

                                                  The pros include two-factor authentication with active directory integration. You can also automate your alerts and it has an intuitive interface with easy-to-use admin controls.

                                                  Furthermore, it comes with Google sign-in, iOS app, productivity track, and more. The bottomline is the product offers employee productivity metrics along with team behavior analytics.

                                                  Check out the software here!

                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                  Depending on the size, budget, resources, and immediate needs of your company, not all productivity software will exactly solve your problem. You will have to contact any of the providers above and probe extensively to find the right product that is made for your business.

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