5 Secret Weapons for Increasing Productivity
Whether it’s on Buzzfeed or NPR, chances are you probably waste more time browsing online every day than you’d like to admit. While we were building our start-up, we were constantly encountering endless distractions online, but fortunately we found a lot of effective tools that helped us get better at staying on task and maximizing our productivity. Here are five of our favorite tools that can help anyone from an artist to an entrepreneur focus on what matters most, and get sh*t done.
Sometimes when you’re browsing, your curiosity gets the best of you. Pocket can help you stay on track. It’s specifically designed to save content that you want to come back to later. Whether it’s an interesting article you found online, or a video that you just can’t resist, you can put it in your ‘Pocket’ for later. It’s also pretty convenient that you can view your content on any device, even without an internet connection.
‘If This Then That’ is a powerful tool for automating your life. Just set up workflows that tie together apps or services based on predefined triggers. For example, you can create an IFTTT recipe that automatically tracks how you spend your time and then records the data in Google Drive. Or, you can sync up your coffee maker with your alarm clock, so that you wake up to a fresh pot every morning and never press the snooze button again.
3. Pomodoro Timer
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that was created in the late 1980s; it comes from the Italian word for tomato. The method involves working on a specific task for 25 minutes straight, without allowing yourself to become distracted. Each time you complete a 25 minute Pomodoro, you give yourself a tick on the page. Once you’ve earned four or more ticks, it’s time to take a short break. Tomato-timer.com is a free online Pomodoro timer that provides browser notifications when your time is up. It’s a simple and effective way to break your work day up into highly productive units.
These days we share just about everything online, which makes cyber security more important than ever. In theory, it’s ideal to have uncrackable, unique passwords for every online platform, but in reality that ends up in a lot of forgotten passwords and account lock-outs. This can be frustrating and time consuming. LastPass simplifies cyber-security by only requiring you to remember one password. It stores all your individual passwords and auto-fills them whenever you land on a site.
Wunderlist is one of the top rated ‘To Do List’ apps and it’s compatible with virtually every device. It allows you to build lists that you can share with family, friends and coworkers, and it offers handy features like comments and reminders. The Android version alone has been downloaded more than five million times, and has overwhelmingly positive reviews.
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