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Make Your iPhone More Efficient with Launch Center Pro [Review]

Make Your iPhone More Efficient with Launch Center Pro [Review]


    One of the best things about the more recent iterations of iOS is the ability to place apps into folders. But while this allows for better organization of apps, it doesn’t make them all that more accessible. Yes, you can swipe left on the home screen and then search for the app you’re looking for, but having an app like LaunchBar or Alfred available on iOS would improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the device. That’s why when Launch Center by App Cubby arrived, I jumped on board straight away.

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    I’ve watched as more and more apps and actions were able to be used by Launch Center, especially as it gained notoriety. The thing about Launch Center is that it makes many of my regularly-used apps accessible with just a couple of touches. Now with the arrival of Launch Center Pro, those touches have become even more robust, taking better advantage of the iOS user interface. (David Barnard of App Cubby even addressed some of the limitations that Launch Center had in a recent blog post.)

    The new look of Launch Center Pro is the first thing that caught my attention. Rather than a linear list of things that I can do within the app, it has more of a button-based design. This allows for deeper layers of activity, such as when you press the preset App button it then dives down into whatever app you’ve placed inside (as seen below).

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      One of the really great presets is the Toggle button at the top of the main screen. I find that digging into the Settings on my iPhone to make my brightness dim a chore, but with this preset I can do it with the touch of a button. And when I want to resume my brightness level, I simply touch the button again. A simple and thoughtful addition to the app that further shows a thoughtful approach to making the app.

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      Predetermined actions such as Bookmarks and Flashlight are very handy, especially for those of us that don’t keep Safari or the Flashlight app in a commonly-accessed area. Some of the bookmarks have predetermined logos attached (sadly, Lifehack isn’t one of them), which I think is a neat touch and shows the care that the App Cubby team has put into Launch Center Pro.

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        There has been an increase in the apps that can be used with Launch Center Pro versus what Launch Center had readily available, and I’ve already reached out to several developers to see if they are willing (and able) to use URL schemes to make this happen. App Cubby has provided such developers a resource to help them out, and while I realize that using the developer’s own Timer app as a default app is a smart move, I’d love to see task and time management such as 30/30 and Asana step up to the plate and allow users like myself to use Launch Center Pro to access them quickly and easily. That said, there are plenty of these types of apps to choose from so far, and as with Launch Center, more will likely join the fold as time goes on.

        It’s not a matter of if you should grab this time-saving app; it’s a matter of what you’re going to move off of your Dock so you can replace it with this productivity savior.

        Launch Center Pro is $2.99 in the iTunes App Store, and it is worth every penny. After all, time is money – and the time you’ll save now (and in the future) using this app means the app will pay for itself in short order. If you’re trying to be more productive on your iPhone, then do yourself a favour and pick up Launch Center Pro…today.

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        Last Updated on May 28, 2020

        18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

        18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

        No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. Undoubtedly, it has allowed us to connect, perform, improve, and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

        If you’re not taking advantage of some of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

        But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use?

        Well, this will depend on your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 18 of the best time management apps that can help you with the most common challenges of managing time.

        Let’s dive straight into the list.

        1. Rescue Time – Use Your Time Wisely

          If you have doubts if you are using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. Aside from its automatic time-tracking feature, this app also has distraction blocking and efficient report tools.

          RescueTime helps you avoid being overwhelmed by too many tasks. This app also has a team software that’s dedicated to time management among team members. With this app, you may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

          2. Remember The Milk – Keep on Top of All Your Tasks

            If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool that is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc., and it allows you to sync all your devices for easier time management.

            This app will help you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them – wherever you are. You can share tasks and lists with others, making it a great tool for teams as well.

            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

            3. Focus Keeper – Boost Motivation to Complete Tasks

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              This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and it is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It has a simple, efficient user interface that is easily customizable based on your needs.

              Focus Keeper is designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures. This is a great app to use if you want to prevent yourself and your team from being burned out.

              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

              4. Toggl – Keep Track of Time Spent on Projects and Tasks

                Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks and through analysis – working out how you can manage them more effectively. Toggl allows you to do all this even with its simple design.

                Toggl includes great time-saving features integrated with its intuitive interface. This is a great alternative to time-sheets if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects.

                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                5. Dropbox – Store and Send Large Files Easily

                  There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices, but Dropbox is free and it is easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go. It is an easy way to share your files and documents with others for improved productivity.

                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                  6. Evernote – Keep All Your Notes in One Place

                    Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts, and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes, or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches, and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to better optimize your time.

                    Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

                    7. MindNode — Focus on Tasks at Hand With Mind Mapping

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                      Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mindnode is one of the best free mind mapping apps available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

                      This app allows you to customize various visual tags and templates to suit your needs. You can also easily share your documents with others.

                      Available on iOS and Desktop

                      8. GoodSync – Back Up and Sync Your Files Effortlessly

                        This software allows you to back up, restore, and synchronize your files easily. It supports folders from a variety of locations, and it has filtering options that let you exclude subfolders from synchronizing.

                        This app also allows you to sync files to and from your phone. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this tool.

                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                        9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) – Manage Your To-Do Lists Effectively

                          Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, work with your to-do lists, and organize your goals. This task management software helps you target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives.

                          MyLifeOrganized is one of the best task management apps for focused work. It automatically generates to-do lists with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                          10. 1Password – Have All Your Passwords Remembered

                            1Password allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database – protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. This also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                            Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

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                            11. Pocket – Keep Your Eye on the Ball

                              When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. That’s why you need effective time management apps like Pocket. You can use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time. This prevents you from getting distracted and negatively impacting your immediate work.

                              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                              12. Focus@Will – Boost Your Attention Span

                                This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400% using Focus@Will, making this one of the best time management apps available.

                                Focus@will is ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working, or reading. It also helps you control your ADD.

                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                13. Alfred – Interact With Your Computer in a Smart Way

                                  This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want. The only downside is that it’s only available for macOS.

                                  Available on desktop (macOS)

                                  14. Forest – Boost Your Focus by Growing a Forest

                                    Forest is a unique reinvention of time management apps. This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track by making you focus on another thing.

                                    The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop (Firefox Add-on)

                                    15. Trello – Track Your projects in a highly visual way

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                                      Trello is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board, which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed. This serves as your cue to start working on and completing the associated tasks.

                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                      16. Quire – Unfold Your Ideas

                                        Quire is an innovative time management app that helps boost your team’s productivity. The strength of this app lies in its features for collaboration and ease of sharing. You can streamline and adjust your workflow based on your team’s needs and preferences.

                                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                        17. TimeTree – Have a Shared Calendar With Your Family

                                          This TimeTree app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments with each other. So, whether you’re planning a party or running a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                          Available on iOS and Android

                                          18. Todoist – Capture and Order All Your Tasks and Activities Easily

                                            Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list and one of the best time management apps out there. It’s available via browser and app, and it lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as a given due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools available. And the good news is that many of them are completely free of charge!

                                            So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you, and begin boosting your productivity now!

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