At the beginning of the year we all want to get more productive but it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the quantity of productivity apps and software on the market, programs to help you work faster, plan your day, get things done and help you remember to put on your socks in the morning! Here are a list of my top five.
I’ve been a fan of Evernote for many years. I became an Evernote Certified Consultant because I wanted to share the impact that it has had on my life. A friend called it the solution to his leaky brain and I agree. No matter what I am looking for after almost ten years of using the app, I always find it. So what is it? Evernote is a note taking app, simply put it allows you to take notes, to save your ideas and capture things you see and hear on the go. Over the years they have added features, tried to make it into a task manager but I still think it’s worth its value just as a capture location. It is compatible with every device and will synch seamlessly between phone and computer for access everywhere. You can capture webpages or bookmarks or even emails and also capture voice recordings. With keywords it’s easy to search which means your notes are retrievable in an instant.
Asana helps you manage projects and tasks and focus on what’s important. It allows you to organise your work in one place. You can manage your team members workflow by looking at their workload across all projects in one view. This can help to sure no one’s over or underworked, and keep our projects on track. There are many different project or task management tools on the market, what I like about Asana is it’s simple and clean interface, allowing you to focus on the work to be done rather than spending too much time organising the work.
Brain.fm is a website that has developed music for focus. They have produced technology to elicit what’s called strong neural phase locking, a process that allows populations of neurons to engage in various kinds of coordinated activity. This means Brain.fm music is purpose-built to guide your brain into your desired mental state. Focus music is made to help you work better, by blending into the background so you can focus distraction-free.
Other music is made to grab your attention, making it hard to think and work, even if you don’t realise it. Brain.fm’s optimises your performance. I use it when writing or doing any work that needs complete focus.
Process Street www.process.st
All business’ are run via a set of processes that are repeated over and over again, or at least should be! It’s processes that make a business function and it’s lack of processes that damages efficiency and productivity.
Process street is a simple way to look after and optimise your business processes from onboarding to training and lots more. It allows you to create checklists or procedures about recurring work to improve workflow and efficiency.
While Canva is not a productivity app it can you save you hours of time if you create any social media. Easy to use, very affordable and ver intuitive. I have saved hundreds of hours with this website and can’t imagine functioning without it!
One thing to remember when it comes to Productivity Apps is that they all work so give it a chance, commit to using the app for at least a month before you decide it’s not for you.