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15 Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Friday, August 10, 2018

If you’re feeling like you have an extra case of the Mondays today, just blame it on National Lazy Day! So while you’re kicking back today, putting off all of the things and surfing the web with your Kinetic Internet, go ahead and bookmark this page for all the other days when you need to get it done.

Today, we’re bringing you all those to-do list apps and other productivity tools to help you make the most of your time. Here’s what’s worth your while by the type of app. Note that not all are free.

Scheduling

  1. Google Calendar. If you’re already using the Google Suite, you can easily start using Google Calendar, where you can add appointments, meetings and reminders — and invite other Google users.
  2. Timepage. From the makers of Moleskine, Timepage works with existing calendar providers to give you a timeline of the day’s events, along with a “heatmap” of which days are your busiest in the month. This is only available for iOS.
  3. TimeTree. For your family needs, TimeTree will sync everyone’s schedules and has tools, including event-based messaging and shared notes across devices.

Books and News

  1. Pocket. Pocket is for all the times you’re scanning social media, find an interesting story but can’t get to it now. Save it later in this app.
  2. Instapaper. Similarly, Instapaper also lets you save articles, videos and other things you find. The app works across all your devices and lets you highlight and comment on any saved text.
  3. Flipboard. Another read-it-later app, Flipboard will save articles and organize it for you in groups of stories by topic. While not actually “bookmarking” the website for you, Flipboard will redirect you to the original website.

Focus

  1. Pushbullet. Depending on how you work, Pushbullet may or may not be for you. This app will sync your devices — phone, computer, tablet — so you won’t need to switch between them. Put finishing touches on your work document from your phone, or get text messages sent to your computer.
  2. Forest. Seeming almost like a game, the Forest app for iOS devices will plant a tree when you want to focus. When you are focusing, it will grow a tree, but if you aren’t, the tree will die. The app can also work for group tasks.
  3. Noisli. Needing background noise, but finding that music and TV are too distracting? Try out Noisli, a white noise app that lets you mix different sounds to create the right environment, whether it’s for productivity or relaxation.

To-Do Lists

  1. Google Keep. Also a part of the Google Suite, Keep lets you create notes, a checkable to-do list, photos and audio. You can even set a time- or location-based reminders and share or collaborate on items, like grocery lists.
  2. Todoist. The Todoist app will transform your quick reminder message into a task based off the language you wrote. You can prioritize your tasks with color-coding, categorize with hashtags and even measure your progress.
  3. Trello. Best for group projects, Trello uses boards, lists and cards for tasks, to which you can add comments, attachments, checklists and due dates. You can even integrate other apps that your group uses into the workflow.

A Better You

  1. LastPass. Finding it hard to keep track of all those strong passwords you created? LastPass is a password manager that is available on all of your devices.
  2. Mindfulness. Get in meditation daily with Mindfulness. Lower your anxiety and stress levels and just breathe.
  3. Strides. A habit-forming app, Strides will track anything you want to build a new habit, kick a bad habit or even achieve your goal. Strides will give you a dashboard for each of your habits and how far along you’ve made it.

Try out any of these productivity apps the next time you find yourself going down the rabbit hole on your high-speed Internet. (Of course, you’ll spend just a few more seconds on your Windstream Internet to download the apps.)

Now get back to it — tomorrow, of course!

Windstream is not affiliated with any of the products or companies named in this blog post.