12 Apps to save time and boost productivity

With so much going on in our lives these days – there are ways to use technology and the internet to help you make better use of your time rather than the time drain it so often becomes.

Here are just a few that I use or recommend that you can install on your computer or smartphone.

Productive Time

Log and track your online and computer activity with an app like RescueTime. See just how long you’re spending in certain apps (like email) and adjust your behaviour and activity to work more productively and more efficiently. There’s a great, detailed review here.

Focus your time with FocusBooster or the PomodoroApp. These allow you to work in bite-sized chunks of time that help you stay focused and less likely to be distracted.

Pomodoro works on the basis of segmented times of 25 minutes work followed by a 5 minute break.

FocusBooster lets you set a variable amount of time.  Setting a time of 10-15 minutes is great for blasting through quick tasks or to make a start on something you’ve been putting off.

To-do Lists

Organise and manage your to-do list with Todoist – a great app that enables you to set up tasks and reminders, so you never need to forget anything. Plug in to your calendar and sync across all your devices.

It also integrates with Evernote – another useful app for capturing thoughts, ideas, images and pretty much anything all in one place, even clip articles from your browser.

Online content

Save it for later. Too much to read, not enough time or not right now? Apps like Flipboard and Pocket can provide a useful summary of what’s new in the news and online as well as enabling you to save content for reading later straight from your browser.

For social media Hootsuite or Tweetdeck enable you to view and manage your social media such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn in one place. Schedule posts for when you’re away, stay connected and respond without needing to visit each social media profile separately.

Storage

Dropbox, iCloud (for Apple and Mac users) or Google Drive are very useful apps that mean you’ll always have access to important documents when you need them. Install the App on your phone, tablet and computer and they will automatically sync when you’re online.  Share files and folders with colleagues, friends and family.

Don’t get too caught up with the latest app or the newest technology – think about the task you want to do and then find the best app or resource to fit your needs.