Being productive helps you make the most of your day, and it means you don’t go to bed with random tasks hanging over your head. However, it’s normal to fall into patterns where you are unproductive and perhaps find yourself unable to get back into your daily routine. Luckily, thanks to new technology, there are a number of different ways you can become more productive each way, so here are some types of software to try.
1. Task management
If you struggle to keep track of everything you need to do, deadlines, and what’s coming up, then you may need to look at task management software. This type of software can be great for both individuals and teams, and it’s a lot more than a digital to-do list. You can customize workflows, manage resources and set goals, and it’s easy to track your own work as well as other people’s. The Digital Project Manager has a list of popular task management software that could help you become more productive.
2. Digital detox
Smartphones and tablets are great for doing a number of different tasks, but they can also be a huge distraction if you have a looming deadline and just can’t help picking them up for yet another scroll through Facebook. There are many apps that help you overcome smartphone addiction, either rewarding you for ignoring your phone or locking your smartphone’s distracting features like games and social media. You can set the amount of time you need to work, from 10 minutes to several hours, then get on with the task at hand, safe in the knowledge that you won’t get tempting notifications popping up.
3. Time management
Want to keep track of how long you’ve spent on a certain task? Knowing how long certain jobs take is handy for planning your day and billing clients. Time management software is an easy way to do this, you basically have it minimized in your desktop and it acts as a timer. You can switch tasks in the click of a button, so you get an accurate picture of what you do each day. Managers can also take advantage of time management software to track what employees are doing, and it can be useful when you have people who work remotely so you can ensure they are still meeting their targets.
Ever had a good idea or had an interesting thought, then found that seconds later it has disappeared from your brain? When you are working on big projects, from a presentation to a novel, inspiration can strike anywhere, but it can be hard to capture ideas and organize them coherently. Using notetaking apps can be a good way to get your thoughts down and start to put them in sequence, allowing you to capture photos, sketches and notes to contribute to your project. You can categorize and annotate your notes, which is something you just can’t do with a pen and paper and set deadlines for dealing with things.