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3 New Tools That Will Make You A Productivity Ninja & Finally Help You Get Your Life Organized In 2014

3 New Tools That Will Make You A Productivity Ninja & Finally Help You Get Your Life Organized In 2014

It seems there’s a never-ending list of productivity tools available on the Internet. Heck, we’ve got an entire section on Lifehack dedicated to them. That said, every once in a while, there are a few apps that rise above the rest.

Here are 3 apps that will help be more productive and finally help you get your life organized whether you’re blogging, working or just trying to get more stuff done.

Get ready—we’ve got a to-do list, a calendar app and a new dashboard for your chrome browser.

1. Any.Do

There’s a billion to-do apps. Out of all the ones I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a lot), Any.do is the simplest to-do list out there—by far.

Simply tap, enter your time and you’re done. Want to get rid of it? Simply strike it through to cross it off & then shake to clear it from the screen.

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None of the features are unique (how unique can a to-do app really be?), but where Any.do really shines is the interface. It’s clean, simple and well designed. It doesn’t try to be something it’s not—it’s just a to-do app that lets you see what you have on your plate & makes you want to get stuff done.

Get Any.Do For iOS Here – Free

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    2. Cal

    Cal is the cleanest calendar app out there for iOS.

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    Besides typical scheduling, it also shows you free time in between appointments—a personal favorite feature. It’s brought to you by the same people who run Any.do, so it actually integrates with your to-do list. It’s pretty cool to see your to-do list pop up in your calendar as a reminder to get stuff done instead of just swiping through apps on your phone.

    The interface of Cal is minimalistic & sleek (the Apple team liked the interface so much they took a lot of the features in the default iOS 7 calendar interface from Cal) and syncs seamlessly with your iCal calendar if you use it on OSX. It’s simultaneously pretty to look at & easy to see all your days’ activities at a glance.

    You can take notes, set alarms, add people from your address book, and set locations for meetings that automatically pull up your maps application.

    Fun feature: If you have a meeting & set it as a certain location, you can call an Uber directly through the app & have them pick you up.

    If you want a super-clean way to manage your calendar & get organized, check out Cal.

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    Get Cal For iOS Here – Free

    Get Cal For Android Here – Free

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      3. Momentum

      This is a chrome extension that changes the default home screen for your chrome browser to a beautiful dashboard. Instead of looking at nothing—or the last sites you visited—you have sort of a home base headquarters with the following features:

      • Beautiful inspiring background photo
      • The current weather outside in your location
      • Main Focus For The Day
      • Inspirational Quote of the Day
      • Mini to-do list. You can use this instead of or in addition to your Any.do list. (I use this as my “urgent” task list for things I have to focus on while online).

      Since installing Momentum, I’ve found I spend less time bouncing around to different sites—and more time focused on getting stuff done.

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        So there you have it—three stellar productivity apps that can help you finally get your life organized in 2014.

        What Are Your Favorite Productivity Tools For Organizing Your Tasks?

         

        Featured photo credit: Visual Panic via flickr.com

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        Productivity Boost: How to start your day at 5:00 AM

        Productivity Boost: How to start your day at 5:00 AM

        I have been an early-riser for over a year now. Monday through Friday I wake up at 5:00 AM without hitting the snooze button even once. I never take naps and rarely feel tired throughout the day. The following is my advice on how to start your day (everyday) at 5:00 AM.The idea of waking up early and starting the day at or before the sunrise is the desire of many people. Many highly successful people attribute their success, at least in part, to rising early. Early-risers have more productive mornings, get more done, and report less stress on average than “late-risers.” However, for the unaccustomed, the task of waking up at 5:00 AM can seem extremely daunting. This article will present five tips about how to physically wake up at 5:00 AM and how to get yourself mentally ready to have a productive day.

        Many people simply “can’t” get up early because they are stuck in a routine. Whether this is getting to bed unnecessarily late, snoozing repetitively, or waiting until the absolute last possible moment before getting out of bed, “sleeping in” can easily consume your entire morning. The following tips will let you break the “sleeping in” routine.

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        Relocate your alarm clock.

        Having an alarm clock too close to your bed is the number one reason people simply cannot get up in the morning. If your alarm clock is within arms reach of your bed, or if you can turn your alarm clock off without getting out of bed, you are creating an unnecessarily difficult situation for yourself. Before I became an early-riser, there were many times that I would turn off my alarm without even waking up enough to remember turning it off. I recommend moving your alarm clock far enough away from your bed that you have to get completely out of bed to turn it off. I keep my alarm clock in the bathroom. This may not be possible for all living arrangements, however, I use my cellphone as an alarm clock and putting it in the bathroom makes perfect sense. In order to turn off my alarm I have to get completely out of bed, and since going to the restroom and taking a shower are the first two things I do everyday, keeping the alarm clock in the bathroom streamlines the start of my morning.

        Scrap the snooze.

        The snooze feature on all modern alarm clocks serves absolutely no constructive purpose. Don’t even try the “it helps me slowly wake up” lie. I recommend buying an alarm that does not have a snooze button. If you can’t find an alarm without a snooze button, never read the instructions so you will never know how long your snooze button lasts. Not knowing whether it waits 10 minutes or 60 minutes should be enough of a deterrent to get you to stop using it.

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        Change up your buzzer

        If you use the same buzzer day in and day out, you begin to develop a tolerance to the sound. The alarm clock will slowly become less effective at waking you up over time. Most newer alarm clocks will let you set a different buzzer tone for the different days of the week. If you change your buzzer frequently, you will have an easier time waking up.

        Make a puzzle

        If you absolutely cannot wake up without repetitive snoozing, try making a puzzle for yourself. It doesn’t take rocket science to understand that the longer your alarm is going off, the more awake you will become. Try making your alarm very difficult to turn off by putting it under the sink, putting it under the bed, or better yet, by forcing yourself to complete a puzzle to turn it off. Try putting your alarm into a combination-locked box and make yourself put in the combination in order to turn off the alarm — it’s annoying, but extremely effective!

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        Get into a routine

        Getting up at 5:00 AM is much easier if you are doing it Monday through Friday rather than sporadically during the week. I recommend setting an alarm once that repeats everyday. Also, going to bed at about the same time every night is an important factor to having a productive morning. Learn how much sleep you need to get in order to not feel exhausted the following day. Some people can get by on 4-6 hours while most need 7-8.

        Have a reason

        Make sure you have a specific reason to get up in the morning. Getting up at 5:00 AM just for the heck of it is a lot more difficult than if you are getting up early to plan your day, pay bills, go for a jog, get an early start on work, etc. I recommend finding something you want to do for yourself in the morning. It will be a lot easier to get up if you are guaranteed to do something fun for yourself — compare this to going on vacation. You probably have no problem waking up very early on vacation or during holidays. My goal every morning is to bring that excitement to the day by doing something fun for myself.

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        As I previously mentioned, I have been using these tips for a very long time. Joining the world of early-risers has been a great decision. I feel less stressed, I get more done, and I feel happier than I did when I was a late-riser. If you follow these tips you can become an early-riser, too. Do you have any tips that I didn’t mention? What works best for you? Let us know in the comments.

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