I’ve got some good news, and some bad news.
The bad news is, productivity isn’t a tangible substance that you can hunt down and own. It’s a state of mind that you’ll have to chase continuously – most likely until you retire. I know, it sucks.
But here’s the good news:
There’s an array of mobile apps that can help you keep up that chase, and I’ve listed the best ones below
And the best part is, I’ve excluded to-do list apps in all their forms – because while they’re great at reminding you about tasks – they’re of little help when it comes to actually completing them.
This gesture-controlled app is charmingly simple. To use it, You set up a list of tasks along with a length of time for each of them. When you start the timer, 30/30 will tell you when to move on to the next task.
Throughout your day, 30/30 will show you which task you should be focusing on, as well as how long you have in order to complete it.
Download (Free): iOS
Productive is a habit-tracker. It lets you set habits that you wish to establish in your life, and reminds you to follow through with them each day, at specific times. It even boasts a calendar to help you track the days in which you were most productive.
When you complete all your daily tasks on consecutive days, you begin building a motivating chains of perfect days, giving you an incentive to keep up the good work. Think of it as gamifying your productivity levels.
Spend a lot of time managing files? Syncplicity is a file-sharing and management app that allows you to control all your files from any device.
It’s built on the enterprise-grade document management software used by large brands such as Siemens, and boasts a myriad of file management features.
4. Pomodoro Timer
The Pomodoro principle is very simple. It’s based on the theory that humans are most productive working in 25-minute bursts, separated by breaks of up to 5 minutes.
The Pomodoro Timer app make it easy to stick to that system throughout your day. It allows for take a 3-5 minutes break every time the timer rings, and kindly gives you a longer break time upon every fourth ring.
5. Google Now
Google Now uses cards to remind you of things like dinner reservations, to help you manage your commute, and to highlight any trending industry news.
You can also use Google Now to set location based reminders, to help you remember tasks in geographically relevant locations.
IFTTT is short for, ‘If this, then that', and many hail it as one of the best mobile apps available.
Essentially, IFTTT can be configured to automate certain actions when you carry out a trigger action. For example, you can set a rule that looks something like this:
‘If I send an email in Gmail, then save that person's contact information to my Evernote account.’
The possibilities are endless, to the point where IFTTT recipes now float around the internet, giving users new ways to automate daily tasks.
If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of time reading articles online – much like this one.
Pocket is an app that lets you save interesting articles for later, so you can stop procrastinating and get back to work. It means you don’t have to worry about abandoning an article for fear of forgetting about it, because thanks to Pocket, you can quickly and easily find it again later.
It’s All About Timing
Being productive is all about timing, and that’s one thing to-do list apps don’t get.
The apps above won’t just list out your tasks, they’ll help you manage your time better in order to actually complete them.
About the Author
Kaya Ismail is a wordsmith and founder of Employ the Internet. He is a seasoned content marketer with a love for video games and coffee.