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Struggling to be productive? These five apps might help

We’ve rounded up a list of productivity apps to help you become organized, and stay focused.

[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

People in Saudi Arabia spend about three hours and two minutes daily on their smartphones, and UAE residents, on average, spend over seven hours on the Internet daily. What if a bot warns you if you exceed the social media time limit or an app helps you organize your schedule? 

While meditation, listening to music and listing smart goals stimulate mental energy and motivation, a few apps can help you triumph over an unproductive day. 

If you are one of those who struggle to manage time well and lose focus,  here’s a list of five apps to help you increase your productivity:

Evernote

Evernote is considered by many as a digital brain. This app does everything from taking notes in different formats to managing tasks effectively. Evernote brings your notes, to-dos, and meeting schedules together so that you can conquer every little distraction.

Available on Android, iOS, macOS, and Microsoft Windows, the app comes up with handwriting recognition, web plugins, and the ability to email notes. It is a free online service with a feature to upgrade to a premium business account. Basic users can store up to 60 MB of data each month, and premium users can store as much as 10 GB per month. 

Rescue Time

When CareerBuilder, an employment website, asked a few employees about their biggest productivity killer at the workplace, the answer was unanimous: smartphones. And Rescue Time notes how often you have picked up your phone (maybe only to check the time because you are so used to it). It also keeps track of your phone activity and logs your time spent in different apps. 

Available for Android and iOS users, Rescue Time’s automated time tracking software lets you know when you are out of focus and losing productivity with all the multitasking. 

Slack

Slack can be one of the most effective tools in the hybrid work set-up to boost productivity. Although designed for offices, it has been adopted widely for personal use. 

Available on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, and Linux, through this app, you can schedule meetings, add messages to google sheets, sync status with your calendar, get event reminders and notifications, run surveys to know teammates’ opinions, use screen sharing, and create and assign tasks.

The app calls itself digital headquarters, offering unlimited users and messages with all kinds of subscriptions.

Productive

Available on both Apple and Android devices, this free app helps you form good habits. We are what we repeatedly do, and Productive enables you to keep track of your tasks. The app covers everything from improving your sleep cycle and reminding you to drink water to setting recurring goals. You can create streaks in this app to achieve specific goals. It comes with weekly challenges, so you can set short-term goals and build better habits through interactive challenges. 

1Password

Have too many passwords to remember? Remembering everything can hamper productivity. Developed by AgileBits Inc, this password manager provides a virtual vault where you can store passwords and account information. It comes with a 14-day free trial and two kinds of subscriptions—personal and family—worth $2.99 and $4.99, respectively. Remember your digital vault’s master password, and you are good to go.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hemanshi Tewari is the Senior Correspondent at Fast Company Middle East. She covers work-life, workplace trends, leadership, the future of work, and ideas that create an impact. In her previous stint, she was associated with The Economic Times. When not writing, you’ll find her having a cup of latte while tweeting her mind. More

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