Sometimes no amount of good sleep, good coffee, or a good planner can help you complete everything you need to get done. Everyone gets burnt out at some point, and sometimes all we need is a little extra help to get our tasks done. Thankfully it’s 2015, and the market for apps and other productivity tools is huge and useful. Here are 5 productivity tools you should utilize to improve your life.
1. 1-3-5 List
The oldest trick in the book to remaining productive is a to-do list, we’ve all made one at some point in our lives. Whether your to-do list is on an old-fashioned piece of paper, or in the Notes tab on your iPhone, lists help us not forget the things we need to take care of. The 1-3-5 List is an even better form of your everyday to-do list. The app encourages you to get things done by setting simple goals for each day. Choose one big task, three medium tasks, and five small tasks that you want to get done that day. Limiting yourself to an achievable list helps you feel in control of setting realistic goals while getting them done.
The amount of praise and recognition that Wunderlist has received is impressive. They received the title of one of the best apps in 2014 by both Apple and Google Play. Wunderlist wants you to “keep your life in sync” and offers a variety of list tools, reminder features, and even the option to collaborate and share your lists and tasks with others. You can use Wunderlist on virtually any device, not limited to the new Apple watch.
Today.txt is for all of you folks that have big things to do, but simply don’t know where to start. Sound familiar? The system simply asks you to tell them one big thing you want to accomplish that day, then leave it to Today.txt to break your big goal down into smaller steps for you to accomplish.
Evernote may be the most loved and most recommended productivity app, so we obviously had to share it with you. Don’t believe us? Evernote’s nearly perfect 4.5 out of 5-star rating from over a million users should help you see for yourself. Evernote allows you to write, collect information, connect with a network to share your ideas and even helps you present your findings. Evernote takes you from start to finish with it’s wide range of useful tools and features.
Group projects can quickly turn into a nightmare with miscommunication, misplaced information and a whole lots of other junk. Asana aims to clean up your collaborative process with a group communication app that is labeled by the project that you’re working on. You can clearly label your responsibilities and next steps so that everyone is on the same page as to what’s got to happen from here.
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