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Finally, 20 Productivity Apps That Will Ensure Efficiency

Finally, 20 Productivity Apps That Will Ensure Efficiency

Apps can represent much more than a fun game or distraction. There are quite a few productivity apps out there that can help us carry out daily tasks more efficiently. Let’s delve in to 20 of them:

1. Microsoft Office for Mobile Devices

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    Those who love using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on their laptops will find it supremely convenient to gain the ability to create, alter and share the same documents and spreadsheets via their tablets and phones. The only drawback is that to use the full power of these apps, they cost $10.66 monthly — but it’s a fee well worth paying.

    2. Dial My Calls

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      Send a voice or text message to a list of phone numbers in seconds.  Save time on redundant calls by having this app send your message to everyone for you.

      3. When I Work

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        This app is the answer to scheduling your employees. Find out which of your workers are scheduled to work, where you need to fill in spaces in the schedule when you’re short on help – and use it to review their time sheets. All these factors will help you focus more on your customers and bottom line instead of wasting time on administrative tasks.

        4. Chase Mobile app for iPhone

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          If you bank at Chase and own an iPhone, this app lets you do just about everything to take care of all your banking needs. From paying off bills to transferring money to checking your balance and even depositing checks without having to go to the ATM – you can snap a photo of them in your living room and be done – there isn’t a big need to visit the bank other than to grab actual cash, if you still carry the stuff. The push alerts are especially helpful for telling you when you’ve had money deposited, bills due – or unfortunately, if your account is overdrawn. There are so many pros with this app, it’s hard to think of cons, but one minor disadvantage is the fact that you must literally click on the alerts screen in order to make the number of alerts on your Chase icon go away.

          5. Pocket Informant

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            Use this iOS or Android app to pull your calendar, tasks, notes and contact information into one place and make them more useful.

            6. Asana

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              Asana has been described as being a task list on steroids. Use it to pull your team together and get everyone on the same page without email overload. Users say that swipe gestures that further enable them to perform functions like deleting and assigning tasks would make this app even better.

              7. Trello

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                Trello looks like a Pinterest for managing projects. For those whose eyes glaze over trying to read long blocks of text inside lengthy emails, this app helps you and your team visualize next steps via cards, comments, checklists, uploaded files and more.

                8. Google Mobile

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                  If you don’t already use this app to check Gmail, download it ASAP in order to clear out all that SPAM and respond to valid emails on the go.

                  9. 1Password

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                    Who has time to remember all the passwords our daily lives require? This app will help store your whole life – logins, credit card info, passwords and more – in one place and promises to keep them safe. As of this writing, the “pro features” of the app cost $9.99, but there are so many 4- and 5-star reviews in the Apple iTunes Store that apparently people love it nonetheless.

                    10. Voxer

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                      Voxer brings those walkie-talkie type of instant communicators into the digital age, so much so that companies like Roto-Rooter allow their service technicians to use them. The effectiveness of the app lay in the ability to save all messages – be they text, voice or photo – which helps avoid having to repeat long communications. The app is advantageous because it offers free features for personal users, but pro and business users must pay specific fees per user.

                      11. Google Voice

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                        Apparently, Google Voice is so good at letting folks send free texts to others in the United States and make low-rate international calls, that people are using it to do away with their cell phones or cancelling their Skype accounts.

                        12. AnyList

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                          This fun-looking app lets you not only make a grocery shopping list, but share it with family and friends, which makes a whole lot of sense for those who collaborate on their shopping needs.

                          13. MEGA

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                            People love their privacy, and MEGA’s mobile apps grant users the ability to stream and access their files from the “cloud in their pocket” – otherwise known as their smartphone.

                            14. Launcher

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                              Launcher by Cromulent Labs makes it easier to access the apps you use most often in your notification center, without having to flip back and forth throughout your home screen to find them. While this app has plenty of positive buzz, there have been reports of frustration with the user interface.

                              15. HP ePrint

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                                How many times have you wished you could print a photo or other document directly from your tablet or phone to your printer? This app makes it possible.

                                16. MyScript Calculator

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                                  Write out very simple to very complex mathematical equations and this app will perform the calculation for you, interpreting your handwriting.

                                  17. Cozi

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                                    Cozi is a free app that allows you to organize your family’s lifestyle in one place, keep track of your children’s schedule along with your own and use the app to split up chores for everyone.

                                    18. Google Slides

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                                      The free Google Slides app lets users make new presentations, share PowerPoint files and even deliver those presentations directly from your tablet or phone without needing access to Wi-Fi.

                                      19. Prezi

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                                        Speaking of giving presentations on the go, the app called Prezi provides access to stunning presentation software that lets you present your work from tablets or phones when you’re out and about – and sync them across all your devices.

                                        20. Super Notes

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                                          With this app, you can save notes, recordings, images and more – and tag them under color-coded signals that help you keep track of everything. Next, you can either share them via email or download them to your computer as a back up.

                                          Featured photo credit: Social media on smartphone HILVERSUM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 06, 2014: Social media are trending and both business as consumer are using it for information sharing and networking. Stock Photo ID: 60749657 Copyright: Twin design via bigstockphoto.com

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                                          Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                                          How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                                          Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                                          Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                                          Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                                          In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                                          1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                                          A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                                          If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                                          2. Fix Your Posture

                                          If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                                          Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                                          3. Hold Your Posture

                                          It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                                          Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                                          4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                                          The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                                          Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                                          So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                                          5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                                          Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                                          6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                                          Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                                          Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                                          7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                                          The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                                          Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                                          8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                          Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                                          Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                                          9. Check out Some Online Games

                                          There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                                          10. Dictation Practice

                                          If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                                          11. Monitor Your Progress

                                          Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                                          12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                                          There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                                          Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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