We’re all guilty of letting our minds wander from time to time. You mean to settle down on that important piece of work but then you’re distracted by Facebook notifications or WhatsApp. Before you know it, time has slipped away, and your productivity has gone down the drain.
We’ve definitely been there, which is why we’ve put together a list of apps to help you stay on top of things.
The great thing about this app is that it allows you to save your research and your ideas all in one place so you don’t have to use bookmarks. Pocket allows you to gather the information you require quickly so you can flick through it when you’re ready.
Trello is one of our favourite apps. It allows you to record your ideas or to do list in a way that is easy to navigate and organise. You can colour code your lists, which is really handy when you’re balancing several projects. You also have the ability to move your tasks around so that you can change priorities quickly and easily.
Do you get distracted by social media or surfing the web when you should be doing something else? The app Self-Control will fix that for you. Self-Control is an extension for your Chrome Browser that prevents you from procrastinating online while you are meant to be focusing on a project. Once you set the timer you are locked out of the websites you have selected. Even restarting your laptop won’t unlock the list of websites. The timer has to run down before you can get a chance to procrastinate.
If you haven’t heard of the Pomodoro method, this is it in a nutshell. It is the technique of setting a timer for small bursts of time in order to focus your productivity. The Pomodoro method can be great for breaking down larger projects into bite sized chunks. ClearFocus embodies the Pomodoro method, it also switches your phone into airplane mode so you can’t reply to those all-important text messages until you have worked through the project time.
Slack is an excellent way to communicate with the other people involved in your project, especially if they are in different time zones or locations. You can create different channels for each project so you can discuss your tasks with the relevant people. The great thing about Slack is that it knows that everyone needs to switch off at the end of the day, so it pauses all notifications from 8pm onwards.
Are there any apps that help you stay productive? Let us know in the comments below.