For employers, productivity is about the amount of work an employee can produce. While that’s still an important facet of productivity, for many of us the concept is more than just about being more useful in the workplace. There’s room for improving the “productivity” in other facets of our lives. Productivity is also about reducing stress, achieving goals, and making each day better.
But as they say, there’s an app for that. In fact, there’s more than one, and they can really help you work much more efficiently. Some can even minimize the aches you never realized that you had to endure—until they’re gone.
So here are the apps you need to try out:
If you thought addiction to TV and computers were bad, you never realized that addiction to the smartphone can get much worse. A large number of people simply can’t live without their smartphone right by their side. What’s worse is that the smartphone can be a total distraction in the workplace, as it easily enables access to social media, email, and of course the gaming apps as well.
But now there’s Forest, and this can help you overcome this addiction. It operates like a game, and to win the game you simply need to refrain from touching your smartphone. It’s a clever way of overcoming addiction, as it’s like offering a drink to imbibe that lets alcoholics wean themselves from alcohol.
This is the comprehensive tool that enables almost every part of your work: communication and file sharing, brainstorming, project planning, and daily task management. It’s a completely visual app, and a quick look gives you an idea of how things are going.
Very few things are as burdensome as grocery shopping, as it’s a never-ending process that both crucial as well as tedious. But at least this app makes things easier for you, as this grocery list can be shared with other members of the family so that everyone’s aware of what needs to be bought. It also has a nifty calendar you can use to organize the cooking and the shopping.
It’s true that you shouldn’t use your birthday and other common words as your password. But it’s super-difficult to remember extremely secure passwords with 12 random characters. Now you have an app that remembers the passwords for you, and more importantly, its security is safe from hackers.
If you want to stay healthy, you absolutely need to exercise. But it’s hard to find the time for it, and motivation is also difficult to come by. Good thing there’s this app you can download. It uses your love of money to motivate you to exercise, as you bet on yourself to walk a specific number of steps for 5 days a week for 6 weeks. Fail to reach your daily goal and you lose. Everyone in the betting pool who does go through with the workout requirement gets to share in the pot. If your health won’t motivate you to exercise, then perhaps the risk of losing money will get you started.
If you or your team work remote, try these 15 habits to boost your productivity.