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Turn Your Smartphone into a Productive Phone

By   |  Dated: 09-26-2016

Summary: Your phone addictions can be turned into something useful by using these apps to turn your time spent on your phone into something productive.

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Let’s face it – we are all addicted to our phones. We use them for everything from exercise coaches to education tools to alarm clocks. By using our phones so much, they often become a distraction from thing things we need to be getting done each day. Some of us might find ourselves so busy that finding ways to increase productivity are critical. With smartphones being a permanent fixture in our hands, we have several apps that will help your smartphone become a productivity powerhouse.




To-do lists:

Todo7 – A powerful collaborative to-do list and task manager that allows for extensive task listing choices.

Todoist – A to-do list tool that keeps projects organized.

Any.do – A refined task manager that provides time, date and geo-location reminders so that you can organize tasks by category or due date.

Wunderlist – A cross-platform to-do list manager with several customization options that is easy to use.

HabitRPG – A fun task manager that adds a level of “competition” to your life.

Carrot – This task manager comes with a bossy personality where you can complete tasks in return for rewards.

Pocket Lists – This feature filled task manager works wonders for iPhone and iPads.

Project Management:

Basecamp – This tool tracks schedules, files and to-do lists and is convenient for day-to-day project overviews.

Trello – A service which allows you to organize anything with anyone with a drag and drop interface.

Asana – This enables teams to work together with very little effort by eliminating emails and meetings.

RedBooth – Once known as Teambox, this acts as a multi-platform service so that productivity is increased by integrating Outlook and Gmail.

Redmine – A web-based project management app that is free to use and in multiple languages.

AtTask – This is a customizable cloud-based management solution that uses third party programs like CRM.

Wrike – This is available online or as a mobile app to collaborate and manage projects. It is available to small teams for free.

Kickoff – This is an iOS app for chatting with team members and sharing tasks.

Time Management:

RescueTime – Use this browser time meter app to receive weekly reports showing where you waste your time so that you are more aware of where your time is spent.

ATracker – A time-tracking app that monitors tasks on your phone and then displays the data on your calendar or in another display style.

Toggl – A time management service for tracking the amount of time spent on various projects.

Eternity Time Log – This app monitors how you spend your time each day with daily, weekly and monthly reports.

Fanurio – A time tracking and billing app that caters to freelancers.

Now Then – A time tracking app for iOS systems that monitors what you spend your time doing.

Stay Focused:

Focus@will – This app combines music and neuroscience to increase productivity rates up to 400 percent.

Focus booster – This app is great for procrastinators in that there are several timer settings designed to enhance focus.

Stayfocused – This Google Chrome extension increases productivity by blocking distracting URLs.

SelfControl – A Mac app that blocks distracting websites.

Concentrate – Another Mac app that focuses on helping you study and work more productively.

Focus Writer – Distraction free writing is possible with this word processor.

Anti-Social – This app turns off digital distractions such social media apps.

Goal Tracking:

Lift.do – Monitor tasks and keep track of goals, all while learning from experts with community goals.

GoalsOnTrack – A goal setting web-based software that can add motivational images to goals.

LifeTick – An online goal setting app to use for professional and personal goal tracking that allows you to setup 10 core values.

Habit List – This app monitors habits on iPhones.

Reminders:

Due – A simple yet comprehensive advanced reminders app for iOS devices.

Checkmark 2 – An attractive reminders app for iOS devices.

Automation:

IFTTT (If This Then That) – A service allowing for automation of all web services.

AutomateIT – Automate Your Droid – An automation app for Android mobile devices that is simple to use.

Zapier – A web service app that automates tasks between 250 web apps.

Hootsuite – A social media app that monitors and schedules social media.

SortMyBox – Tidies up cluttered Dropbox/Box folders with no installation required.

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Photo: pcadvisor.co.uk



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