It’s hard not to associate mobile apps with absolute distraction, since some of the most popular are social media apps like Instagram and games like Candy Crush. That being said, apps can and do often use their force for good. In the working world, we need all the help we can get when it comes to productivity, and these apps are here to lend a hand.
There are times that you think to yourself as you’re leaving work that you’ll look over that report at dinner, or research that topic early in the morning before work, or that you HAVE to remember to do that thing on your lunch break. And then some spare time rolls around, and you realize you forgot the necessary documents on your home computer, or you took a note somewhere and you can’t remember where you put it. Evernote for Apple, Android, and Windows solves this issue. It integrates your information – like your notes, calendar events, and documents – across platforms so you can access and change them anywhere. It’s like taking your home to work and your work home.
We’ve all had “those days” at work where we just can’t seem to focus long enough to get anything done. One solution to this is the Pomodoro Technique, which alternates short breaks and long periods of work. You can do whatever you want on those short breaks, but you have to work during the working periods. It’s been shown that frequent breaks can improve mental agility, but it’s also a good way to boost your motivation to get things done. ClearFocus is essentially just an app that acts as a timer for this, and with it, you’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish. This particular app is only available for Android, but there are plenty of Pomodoro timers available for Apple, too.
The last thing you want to do when you’re on a business trip is lose track of your expenses. The busy days can make this challenging, though – before you know it, your wallet is overflowing with expense repors. Abukai, for Apple, Android, and Blackberry, can help solve this issue by allowing you to take pictures of your receipts and automatically create fully itemized expense reports. One less thing you have to worry about when you get back!
Are you the type who likes to whistle while you work? The Focus@Will app for Apple and Android will stream music specifically chosen to create productive work conditions. Don’t get distracted by Spotify’s suggested tracks or by creating the perfect Pandora station. Just tune in and start working!