We all want to be more productive, but sometimes it seems as if there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do all we want. Fortunately, there are more useful tools than ever before that can increase your productivity to levels you didn’t think possible. Here are five of the top tools to help you be more productive:
Give your brain a break by installing BreakTime
Famous author Louisa May Alcott once advised, “Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well.” Breaks are important, but if we’re being honest, most of us would admit that we take too many breaks and/or take them too often. Some of us have the problem of forgetting to take breaks at all.
The simple tool BreakTime helps us monitor these breaks better. You pick the amount of time you want to work uninterrupted, as well as how long of a break you want between work sessions. BreakTime runs in the background of your computer and tells you when it’s time to take a break. A countdown timer lets you know when to resume work. Rather than unproductively checking your phone or favorite websites intermittently during your workflow, wait until your break. You’ll be surprised how much more work you accomplish.
Organize anything, anytime, by getting Any.do
It’s difficult to be productive if you’re disorganized. Any.do keeps you organized with to-do lists (which you can share with others), reminders, notes, and calendars. All of this can be synced between your phone, computer, or tablet. It’s allowing you to always have your information at hand. Need your hands free? You can simply speak to the app and tell it to add something to one of your lists. The app is designed to be easy to learn and simple to use. You can even customize your theme to match your taste.
Reclaim your time with RescueTime
Not sure where all your time is going? RescueTime can tell you. It runs in the background of your computer and/or phone and monitors how much time is spent on different websites and applications. Looking through the data, you can see how much time you spend on productive activities and how much of it is wasted on distractions. If you notice particular websites are draining your productivity, you can block them during time frames of your choice. Distractions gone, you can focus on important tasks easier.
Blend all your work apps using Notion
According to a study conducted at Carleton University, people spend a third of their time at the office reading and responding to emails. They additionally spend half of the time they work from home on emails. The creators of Notion have all personally struggled with overflowing inboxes. Now, they strive to make your inbox more efficient. Using artificial intelligence, the app
highlights which emails are most important and likely to need a speedy response. You no longer have to worry about forgetting to reply to an email or responding to an important one too late. Also, you can connect to Alexa and listen to important messages or use your voice to organize emails.
Audiobook ANYTHING, with Speechify
Warren Buffet, the second wealthiest person in the United States (and fourth richest person in the entire world), is famously quoted saying, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”. How often do you read 500 pages a day? For most of you, not often, if
ever. Why? We know reading is valuable, but it can also be very time-consuming and challenging. That’s where Speechify can help you.
This app can greatly improve your speed reading, helping you absorb more information faster. It allows you to listen to books, with the power to pause, skip, and control the speed. This can be done from a computer or you can take your readings with you on your phone to listen to anywhere. While useful for anyone, Speechify is especially valuable for those with reading disabilities. In fact, according to founder Cliff Weitzman, “We’ve seen middle school students with dyslexia go from reading 120 words per minute to listening at 540 words per minute over the course of two weeks.”
Saving that much time reading creates a huge productivity boost. Rather than monotone computer voices, Speechify lets you listen to actual human voices. Whether you’re a busy college student with endless readings to get through, or a professional trying to stay up-to- date on the latest news in your field, this app is a real game changer.
We could talk endlessly about Speechify because we personally know how beneficial it has been for others and all the hard work that has gone into it. To learn more about how Speechify helps you take control of your readings, check out our personal blog.
What are your favorite tools for jumpstarting productivity?