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10 Ways Your Phone Can Make You More Productive At Work

10 Ways Your Phone Can Make You More Productive At Work
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Technology has become everybody’s short cut when doing everything from staying on top of emails to making lists, and even in order to save things while having access to them on the go, wherever you are! This list will help you become more productive at work with just a couple of apps and sites for all you tech-savvy (and even the not-so-tech-savvy) iThing owners out there!

Stay on task!

1. myMail

mymail

    Keep track of your emails with myMail. This app allows you to have multiple mailboxes in one little place, which means you never have to miss an important email ever again. myMail allows you to create an @MY.COM address that is 10 times bigger than Gmail, meaning you could store up to 150 gigabytes of data. In addition, it’s available for all Apple iOS and Android smartphones, which means nobody’s left out.

    2. Time Planner

      Time Planner can help you set tasks of all sorts, from home things to work things to studying and resting: everything goes in the planner. This app reminds you of activities with a specific time and location, and you can complete the details by adding your own time frames to set a limit on the time you should be spending on a task. This will help you get a move on and ultimately maximize your productivity by the end of the day. What’s super awesome about this too is the fact that it creates pie charts to show you just how much time you’re spending on which tasks daily, weekly and monthly! This app can be found on the App Store.

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      3. Fantastical 2

        The app that seems to have it all would be Fantastical 2. This app can help you manage events clearly, while displaying the events with attached locations on a map for extreme convenience. It allows you to call, email or message invitees very quickly, and even sends birthday wishes via text, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and the good old traditional email. The Day Ticker allows you to view the events for the day, helping you stay on track, and the app is also available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. This app can also be found on the App store.

        Let out your distractions

        1. Any.do

          Sometimes the best way to procrastinate work that needs to be done is to make lists about the work that needs to be done. So why not let out your distractions on Any.do. With a beautiful, simple layout you can keep clear goals and make sure you get them done. With one quick step you’ve got yourself an account and you can begin typing up your tasks, or even using your microphone to record things even faster. Any.do is available on Android, iPhone and even on Chrome and Safari — which means that your lists go everywhere with you, so make no excuses!

          2. Momento

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            With Momento you can take a time out from all the work you have to do and just write. You can record moments in the form of text entries, photos or feeds — even integrating your tweets in there while you’re at it. By emptying out your thoughts about things that are keeping you from being completely focused, you are giving yourself more empty processing space in your brain to easily tackle all the new tasks at hand!

            Good vibes

            1. SimplyNoise

            simply noise

              Ever have a really important essay or text piece that you have to write by a particular deadline and you just can’t seem to get yourself in the zone for it? Well surprisingly, noise is your remedy. SimplyNoise allows you to play White Noise, Pink Noise and Brown Noise, which help you drown out every other noise around you and help you concentrate solely on the words you are thinking. This is only 99 cents on the App Store or from Google Play — but if you’d like to save yourself those cents then just click here and get writing.

              2. 8tracks

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              8tracks Music Playlists

                8tracks is the queen of all playlist sites — all you have to do is get the app (which is free) or go to the site, click the explore tab, type in “work” or “study” or any tag you feel is appropriate for the type of music that your brain enjoys when getting work done, and you’re all set!

                Note-taking to be more productive

                1. OneNote

                OneNote

                  OneNote is a brilliant way to take notes and gather all your ideas in notebooks, all stored online with a little help from OneDrive. This means you never lose a note and you can move your notes around from place to place as it’s available on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Mac, iPad, iPhone and Android. Something also quite special about this app is you can use your finger, mouse or stylus to draw and take notes, which can sometimes be a lot more efficient than typing things up.

                  2. Evernote

                  evernote

                    Evernote has got to be the most popular app when it comes to note-taking, but it has certainly earned its popularity. This app helps you remember things you want to remember, save favorite pages, carry out better research, collaborate effectively with friends and colleagues and even plan your next trip. Having everything in one place that keeps syncing with all your other devices and computers helps keep everything accessible. This one’s definitely a must-have.

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                    3. Pocket

                    pocket

                      Ever found something you wanted to come back to later but just didn’t know where to save it? Do you then send yourself subjectless emails that are never to be found again? Well Pocket will help you with that. This app lets you put anything into Pocket and it saves directly from your browser or Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. Pocket’s available on iPhone, iPad, Android, Kobo and of course, your browser.

                      With all these apps in hand, there is no better way to let your phone help you be more productive than to just get right to work. Taking the most advantage of your phone’s capabilities and having those apps ready for whenever duty calls is bound to help keep you efficient! Stay productive!

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                      The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

                      The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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                      No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

                      Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

                      Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

                      A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

                      Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

                      In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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                      From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

                      A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

                      For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

                      This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

                      The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

                      That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

                      Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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                      The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

                      Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

                      But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

                      The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

                      The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

                      A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

                      For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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                      But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

                      If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

                      For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

                      These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

                      For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

                      How to Make a Reminder Works for You

                      Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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                      Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

                      Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

                      My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

                      Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

                      I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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                      Reference

                      [1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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