Seven mobile apps for boosting productivity

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Have you ever wondered why you use less than ten mobile apps on the average despite the fact that you probably have fifty or more on your phone?

Welcome to a world where if care is not taken, you’d have more resources at your disposal yet end up achieving less each day.

This is why you must regard the issue of productivity as a serious matter because you will be much happier with yourself if at the end of each day you know you indeed had a productive day.

A number of people have asked me on a number of occasions, “CFA, how do you run multiple platforms so seamlessly?” My response has always been that I use the right apps.

Below are seven applications that I believe will add a lot of value one way or the other if used properly:

  1. LastPass

These days we create lots of accounts online with different passwords and sometimes we forget. LastPass is a free password management tool that secures all of your passwords and you can quickly perform a search to find the one you need at any time.

It can also be integrated as an extension for Chrome or Firefox. This means that as you are browsing, you can easily save your passwords and keep them as well as automatically fill in the fields anytime you visit a particular login page.

So who needs to use lastpass? According to asecurelife.com, “if you are an avid user of the internet and require multiple logins to various websites on a regular basis, then it’s you!”

  1. Way of Life

Technology has gone far that you now have apps that can help you develop healthy habits. Most of the habits that you consistently exhibit go a long way in determining what you will become in life. In other words, your success or failure comes from the little habits you persistently stick with over a period.

Just as the name sounds, Way of Life is an app that is capable of reshaping your lifestyle. It is a free app that helps you develop healthy habits with reminders that you can set up on specific days to help you stay on track.

You can even use it to keep track of bad habits. In as much as you keep using the app daily, you will notice both positive and negative habits exhibited. Through the chart data, you can find out what is working and what is not working for you.

  1. Any.Do

What used to happen before the advent of apps was that people woke up in the morning and put on paper what they intended to do for the day. It was believed that the set of people that did this stood a better chance of being more productive than those who did not.

Now, using pen and paper for your “To Do List” is now becoming obsolete because technology has taken over. This is one tool, amongst others, that allows you to categorise and list items according to personal goals and at the same time offer reward after accomplishment.

  1. LinkedIn Lookup

This is one of the recent features on LinkedIn. It is different from the job search function. It focuses more on learning and knowing more about your current colleagues or connections.

With the LinkedIn Lookup, you do not need to start making unnecessary inquiries about someone. You can easily track the kind of connection you need after digging out the information you require.

With the collated information, you know exactly, for instance, who to send proposal to, or the person to discuss a business idea with instead of meeting the wrong persons and wasting your precious time.

  1. Asana

This happens to be one of my favourite tools ever. It is a workflow management and team collaboration tool that offers flexibility to every user on the platform. You can work together with your teammates by assigning tasks, tracking progress, having conversations in real time, receiving notifications, storing files, setting due dates for tasks and so much more. A pcmag.com review mentioned Asana as one of the editor’s choice tools for collaboration and I wholeheartedly concur.

  1. Droplr

Droplr is a bit different from Dropbox and Evernote. It is an application that is capable of providing you with a very quick way to share your files. You can share files without folders or synchronise in as much as you do not exceed the 2 GB sending limit. Users have access to unlimited storage, domain URLs, as well as the chance to integrate brands and embed images or files on blogs, websites, and forums.

  1. Pocket

Reading has been identified as one of the ways to boost ones cognitive reasoning and staying updated. There are lots of information across the web and you might want to save links to some articles and read them up when you are less busy. It also synchronises with all the devices. You have your reading list with you everywhere you go.

Admittedly, most of the tools mentioned above are of foreign origin. We certainly need more Nigerian players solving challenges in different sectors and this is why if you are a business owner, you should consider using a local solution called TAMS by SB Telecoms and Devices, which will help improve the productivity of your team by curbing apathy, lateness, time-theft and absenteeism.

 Remember, technology and by extension the internet is indeed an enabler but it is your responsibility to make it work for you.

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