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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

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!

                      Featured photo credit: Maximizing Productivity via cdn-media-1.lifehack.org

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                      How to Be Productive: 11 Ways to Be Productive and Happy at Once

                      How to Be Productive: 11 Ways to Be Productive and Happy at Once

                      A lack of productivity leads to a lack of happiness.

                      When you can’t see yourself making progress or getting things done, you get anxious and become stressful.

                      There are also tons of things that contribute to unhappiness here too: Facebook notifications, emails, texts, and chatty co-workers are just a small fraction of the disruptions we’re bombarded with. These “little things” can stack up fast and lead to hampering your happiness and productivity levels.

                      Learn how to be productive with the 11 tips below and reclaim your everyday productivity and your happiness, once and for all.

                      1. Be happy now

                      Life is too short. No matter what you’re doing or where you are, be happy now. Start by finding something to be grateful for; everyone has at least one thing to be grateful for.

                      Most of the world still has trouble getting access to clean drinking water… yhat means you can even be grateful for that bottle of Aquafina you’ve got on your desk right now.

                      2. Finish your day before it starts

                      Proper planning is the secret to peak productivity, and it’s also a good idea to set daily goals. Get yourself a planning tool and prioritize your daily tasks with it.

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                      Here’s a smart technique on planning and prioritization: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      3. Celebrate the small wins

                      Every time you check off a task from your to-do list, you release a “happy chemical” in your brain called dopamine. This gives you the motivation to move forward and do even more.

                      For example, after I finish writing this article and I’ve crossed it off my list of things to do today, I’ll get a nice burst of “happy chemicals” releasing in my brain. The best part? Zero side effects!

                      Learn from here: How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals

                      4. Leverage like there’s no tomorrow

                      Look for ways to use the good old 80/20 rule by identifying tasks that you might be able to outsource or leverage out to a virtual assistant.

                      Stop wasting time doing things that don’t challenge you or ignite your passion. Hire out or automate anything and everything within your means.

                      Check out this guide to find out how to start to delegate: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                      5. Recharge your batteries

                      Figure out how many hours of sleep your body needs and make sure you get it. Take time to stretch, walk, or relax—you’ll be glad you did.

                      Here’re some simple ways to relax completely and get rid of stress.

                      6. Become an early riser

                      This is one of the most underused productivity “hacks” on the planet. Ever since I decided to start waking up at 5am every day, my productivity levels and happiness have gone up dramatically.

                      Most people aren’t up that early, so no one can bother you or disrupt you from what you want to do. Use this time to exercise, meditate, or to get a head start on your day.

                      Not sure how to wake up earlier? Here are 11 Ways To Become an Early Riser Like Most Successful People Do.

                      7. Do work you’re passionate about

                      Make it your goal to blur the line between work and play by doing more things you’re passionate about. This promotes happiness both inside and outside of the workplace.

                      Find what you’re passionate about and do it, or learn how to enjoy what you do with these tips: How to Enjoy What You Are Doing No Matter What

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                      8. Use time blocks

                      For example, when I wrote this article, I gave myself a one hour time block. This prevents unnecessary dilly-dallying like updating your Facebook status and checking email.

                      Use an app like Alarmed to keep you on track.  Here’s a snapshot of the app from my iPhone.

                        9. Avoid interruptions

                        Interruptions are among the biggest barriers to both productivity and happiness. Every time you’re interrupted in the middle of a task your level of productivity takes a hit.

                        We’ve all been there: you’re fully immersed in an important project until all of a sudden the workplace chatterbox appears out of nowhere and starts talking about stuff that doesn’t matter. By the time she’s gone, you’ve already forgotten where you were and it takes 30 minutes to get back on track.

                        Avoid this by letting people know that you’ve got important work that’s got to be done.

                        Learn more about how to stay focus in this guide: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

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                        10. Shut down the digital disruptions

                        iPhones, mailbox notifications, twitter, facebook, and everything that pops, slides, or fades in and out of your screen has got to go. Shut them down and focus.

                        It’s as easy as turning off the notifications or scheduling only a specific time to check all these notifications and texts.

                        11. Measure your success

                        Every now and then, it’s a good idea to measure your results and see how things are coming along.

                        How’s your progress? Are you pacing in the right direction? Are things getting better? Worse? It’s always a good idea to track your progress regularly.

                        With an app like Rescue Time, you can easily keep track of the time you spend throughout the day. It helps you to find out how much time you’re really on-task and so you can review your progress.

                          With these 11 effective ways to improve productivity, you will get more things done timely and become happier.

                          Start small and take up each suggestion one by one, you can boost your productivity and create your happiness too.

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