9 Productivity Apps Our Editors Can't Live Without
Author and founder of the Success Motivation Institute Paul Meyer once said, “Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and a focused effort.” And we couldn’t agree more. In our quest for optimum productivity in life, we’ve already adopted the secrets of some of Australia’s most successful executives and the simple hack that hacks that increases efficiency by 48%, and now it’s time to take advantage of the genius resource we have in our hot little hands everyday—our smartphones. More specifically, its clever accessory, apps. To help turn your smartphone into the ultimate time-saver, our editors have shared the productivity apps they can’t live without. Read on, download, and take advantage of living in the 21st century.
While not a single app, I turn to podcasts for inspiration, which in turns boosts my productivity. Learning broadens my thinking and presents new perspectives and opinions. I like Business Insider Australia, TED Talks, Women of the Hour, The Broad Experience, and Recode.
A meditation app may not be an obvious tool for increasing productivity but I would encourage anyone who suffers with anxiety to download this one. It’s packed with guided meditations themed around everything from health to performance, including a series called SOS which are 3-minutes long and to-the-point (exactly what you need to kill a panic attack at work). Since incorporating meditation into my day I find I think more clearly, and are better able to power through tasks with focus.
This app allows you to book in a beauty professional for a home or office visit at the touch of a button. Whether you’re after a spray tan, makeup session or blowdry, all you need to do is login and select a time and place. It makes getting glam WAY too easy. If you’re like me (“lazy”), you might never bother leaving the house again.
The Google Drive app is a lifesaver. It’s an instant link to the work documents (style guides, contact lists, and story notes) I use on a daily basis, whenever I need them and wherever I am.
XE is a winner for fast currency conversions when I’m deep in the depths of online shopping or travelling overseas. You can save your favourite currencies to the list for immediate updates even when you're not on wifi.
I don’t know what I did before Genius Scan came into my life. It actually is genius. It’s completely removed the need for a scanner in my life. All you do, is take a photo of your document, and upload it directly into the app. It turns your image into a PDF, and you can email it directly where it needs to go. So easy!
Dropbox provides Easy access of all my documents (large or small file size) on any device I have installed the app on, even if I’m offline. It acts like a portable server where I can start a document at work and it is available for me to pick up at home or on the weekend without needing to access a server remotely or take my work laptop home every day. You are also able to share documents with friends and colleagues for faster file transfer.
I am a list maker from way back, always have been. The iPhone Reminders app allows you to keep multiple, colour-coded lists so you can create to-do-lists for all aspect of your life—work, life admin, shopping etc. Because I always have my phone on me, I can instantly add new task to my lists and it means I never (actually, lets go with rarely) forget anything. As an added bonus, you can even set reminder and add notes for each specific task. List makers, rejoice.