The struggle to be productive at work can be a daunting task as there can be so many distractions around us. One of the proven ways to staying productive is creating a daily routine and sticking to it – and this takes persistence and focus. Luckily, there are a lot of useful apps available to help us stay on track so we can get more tasks done throughout the day.
Perfect for accomplishing tasks that require one’s full attention, the Pomodoro app keeps you from procrastinating as it constrains you to a strict timer-based task monitoring system, which also places an emphasis on keeping breaks to help keep you going throughout the day. The app got its name from the time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s called the Pomodoro Technique.
Ah, social media – one of the most time consuming distractions that plague us today. The free app Self Control blocks Facebook for a specified amount of time, saving you from wasting time in that blackhole!
Anxiety allows you to create a fuss-free to-do list which allows you to track how much you were able to do in the course of a day. This app also allows you to sync your list to your iCal & Mail.
Need to flesh out ideas effectively? Use MindNode to map out your thoughts visually via a mind map to help you turn ideas into full-blown plans and projects. It has an iOS version as well. There is a similar idea as a website application called Coggle. I have personally used both of these and continue to do so. Great for brainstorming, mapping ideas, and organizing thoughts.
This app allows you to organize your short and long-term goals, share them with your trusted colleagues (which breeds accountability) and create a vision board that will inspire you to accomplish them. Evernote also allows you to review your progress, allowing you to track your performance.