You probably don’t think there’s much more your phone can do for you. Sitting there silently in your pocket, your handset is likely your alarm, your calendar, your camera, your social media organiser, your Netflix and Spotify player and your notepad. Not to mention your phone…
But, with an app store containing almost 3 million potential downloads, it’s no surprise that there are a couple more clicks that could make your life quicker. Productivity apps are a massive market, and ironically you could spend hours scrolling through what’s on offer. But we’ve sorted through the apps to streamline your search – so your push for productivity can start right now…
Any.do, the easiest life manager around
Touted as ‘the easiest life manager around’, Any.do boasts over 15 million users and a simple design. You’re offered the chance to keep your tasks, lists and reminders in one place – which sync across all of your devices.
The pared-back look allows you to find any appointment – down to every minute of every hour of every day – easily, and the function of working seamlessly across iCloud, Exchange and Google Calendar gives it a versatility unseen in many other such apps.
Frictionless time tracking may sound like a bit of a mouthful, but don’t let Hours’ flowery language put you off. This app is actually as simple, swift and easy-to-use as they come. You can slice and dice your teams’ data, and manage your work quickly and thoughtfully through a colourfully-designed interface.
It’s a great way of keeping track of shifts, clocking in, when people have worked and when overtime deserves rewarding – and everyone’ll thank you for that.
Social media can easily become the bane of your life. With so many apps springing up, dying away or changing their interfaces, it can be nigh on impossible to keep your statuses, profiles and updates up to date. Enter Buffer. A simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content, and manage all your accounts in one place, this is the perfect app for business or personal use – as their 4 million users will attest.
Enter Buffer. A simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content, and manage all your accounts in one place, this is the perfect app for business or personal use – as their 4 million users will attest.
Here’s another app that earns its stripes through versatility. iOS, Windows or browser-compatible, Notion unites your three families of work apps.
From document-sharing apps such as Google Drive and Dropbox, through Wikis like WordPress and Confluence, to Task-organising apps like Basecamp and Trello, Notion wraps them all up into one tool and creates simple folders, content builders and visual uniformity. A strong contender for the more useful app on this list.
LastPass is one of the most impressive password vaults we’ve ever encountered. Are you tired of forgetting what 14-character word you used to get into that app? Which special character you inserted into your usual passcode to gain entry to this one? What number you arbitrarily added to the end of your memorable phrase?
Worry no more. LastPass will back up and sync all of your passwords and then autofill them all on any of your secured, approved devices.
Productivity, of course, isn’t just about the programming. Sometimes, you need a little oasis from office life to help you get things done – and that’s where Noisli comes in.
A reassuringly simple app, this helps you create ambient soundscapes to zone out of your surroundings and in on the task at hand. Think thunderstorms. Think forests. Think coffee shops. Think productivity.
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