7 Apps I use to boost my productivity
Hey. I’ve been using apps to boost my productivity for a while. For the past 3 years to be exact. This is the reason I’ve decided to share the ones that have broken into my daily routine and that will probably help you too. I know there are millions of apps that are supposed to increase your productivity and to be honest, I’ve tried a lot of them. After filtering if this app is useful enough, I have come to the 7 apps I cannot live without. I hope this saves you some time from researching everything!
It’s not what you think! It’s actually not. I don’t use Slack to communicate with anyone. I am in some groups but that’s not the point. The point is that I use Slack to take quick notes. How? I make up new channels for each one of my projects and whenever I want to remember something related to a project I send it as a message. You’re probably wondering, why don’t you use some kind of fancy note-taking app, like Roam or Drafts. That’s because I find most note-taking apps cluttered, and not to the point, and others very simple for my liking.
This one is pretty obvious. I think. Pomodoro is one of the few scientifically proven methods to be more productive. For those not familiar with Forest, it is basically a fancy timer. You can set a work timer and a break timer. I usually do 40 minutes of work with 5 minutes of break. This can help you feel like you have something to anticipate. You can say to yourself “It’s just 24 more minutes of work. That’s not that much” and continue to be productive.
The value of books and consumption of information, in general, is obvious. But, most of us don’t have the time to sit on our couch, relax, and read a book. That’s why I use Audible. With it, I can listen to an audiobook while doing mindless activities, like doing the dishes or exercising. Tip: I usually listen to audiobooks at double the speed, so I can get through double the information, which is a tip that I got from Ali Abdaal.
Next on the list is Newsify. You may not know what Newsify is, so let me explain. Newsify is an RSS reader, it basically gathers all the articles and blog posts from people you follow and displays them to you. This helps me keep up with the blogs that I want to follow, without having to look up every single one. I used to use Feedly, but I prefer the interface of Newsify 100x times more.
Asana is my one-stop project manager. I use it to do everything from tracking progress on projects to writing down deadlines. I discovered this software about 3 months ago and it has really changed y workflow. You can organize your projects in a calendar or tasks view, but I personally use the calendar for almost everything. It is very easy to plan out what you have to do on a day-to-day basis for every project.
Superhuman is one of those apps where you don’t think it’s that useful at first, but you can’t live without it. Simply, it is a fancy email app. They claim to help you get through your emails in 2x the time, and I find that to be true. They also helped me declutter and organize my inbox which is a big thing if you take into account my 21.000 unread emails. Yes. 21.000. After all that, I am proud to announce that I’ve hit the fabled Inbox Zero.
1. Of course, Notion
Have you ever googled anything related to productivity? Then you have probably come across Notion. Notion is an amazing note-taking app in which you can organize… your whole life. I use Notion to keep track of my Reading List. I write down every book I get recommended and when I have time, I listen to them on Audible. I also have my goals and weird trips I want to do in there. If I listed everything, this article would be a book, so let’s move on. You can use the app in every way you like, as it’s super customizable.
Thanks for your time!
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated in any way with any app that I mentioned.