Whether you need to maintain concentration on tasks, organise your workload or take a moment to de-stress, here are some great apps to help you boost your productivity and professional outlook.
Can’t resist checking your phone every 5 minutes? Finding it hard to concentrate on tasks without getting distracted? This is the app for you.
So what is it?
“Forest provides an interesting solution to beat your phone addiction. You can plant a seed in Forest. In the following time, this seed will gradually grow into a tree. However, if you cannot resist the temptation and leave this app to check Facebook or play a game, your tree will wither away. With this interesting mechanism, the sense of achievement and responsibility will drive our users to stay away from their phone with no pain.”
Similar to the LinkedIn website, but rather handy to have on your phone. Say, you’re at a business networking event, you can use the LinkedIn app to easily connect with new colleagues through the app on the go and you won’t need to worry about remembering peoples’ names later on.
LinkedIn is a crucial app for anyone looking to develop professionally and network with other businesses alike.
“The LinkedIn app makes it easier to connect to the people and things that matter in your professional world.“
Check your broadband and mobile speeds.
“Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, has launched an app which shows the broadband and mobile coverage availability for your address. It will also show the predicted speeds available for broadband.”
Dropbox is an essential file sharing tool for anyone really. Whether you use it for business file sharing or personal use, it’s always a good to have this app on hand.
“Dropbox is the place for your photos, docs, videos, and other files. Files you keep in Dropbox are safely backed up and you can get to them from all your devices. It’s easy to send large files to anyone, even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.”
Create to-do lists and let the app do the remembering for you.
“Remember The Milk is the smart to-do app for busy people. You’ll never forget the milk (or anything else) again. Managing tasks is generally not a fun way to spend your time. We created Remember The Milk so that you no longer have to write your to-do lists on sticky notes, whiteboards, random scraps of paper, or the back of your hand.”
Evernote is perfect for all you avid note keepers out there. You can use it for shopping lists, reminders or meeting notes and can be synced throughout multiple devices.
“Let Evernote change the way you organize your personal and professional projects. Dive in: take notes, create to-do lists, and save things you find online into Evernote. We’ll sync everything between your phone, tablet, and computer automatically.”
Neat design and you have the ability to also make handwritten notes.
QR codes are everywhere. This QR reader allows you to scan various codes including business cards. Just take a photo of the business card using this app and the person’s details are instantly stored on your device electronically!
“Now scans QR codes, barcodes, puzzles, business cards and documents.”
You’ve probably already heard about the latest Fitbit watches, but did you know that you can still use the app without a Fitbit device? With the app you can use features such as step count, miles walked, calories burned and activity tracking.
“Live a healthier, more active life with Fitbit, the world’s leading app for tracking all-day activity, workouts, sleep and more. Use the app on its own to track basic activity and runs on your phone, or connect with one of Fitbit’s many activity trackers and the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale to get a complete picture of your health—including steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, weight, and more.”
Take 10 minutes out of your busy day and practise mindfulness with this well designed, informative and visually appealing app. The meditation podcasts on Headspace are a perfect way to wind down at the end of a hectic day. Topics covered include: health, relationships, performance, sleeping, fear of flying, commuting, food and exercise.
“Meditation made simple. Guided meditations suitable for all levels from Headspace. Meditation can help improve your focus, exercise mindful awareness, relieve anxiety and reduce stress.”
Sleepio is a great app if you have trouble getting to sleep, staying asleep or just want some sleep advice and relaxation techniques.
“Sleepio is a digital programme that helps people overcome sleep problems. It’s based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and evidence suggests that it can even help people who have long-term sleep problems to sleep better. Sleepio works on desktop computers, tablets or via an iPhone app. It’s also compatible with some of the tracking devices you can use to track your daily lifestyle habits.”
I’ve included the Fitbit, Headspace and Sleepio apps within the list because your lifestyle has a huge impact on your personal work performance and business’ success. Know of any other useful apps? Let me know!