As I scroll endlessly through social media on my phone I often feel like I really am being super productive, by double tapping and commenting I’m accomplishing a lot whilst accomplishing nothing at all. It’s a double edged sword because whilst yes, boosting my social media presence is good for business, I’m also losing focus of the other, slightly more, important bits too.
We’re all probably guilty of the scroll, we all do it and feel like we’re causing no harm until we see the number of hours that we’ve been scrolling on Instagram when we check the feature in the app that allows you to monitor your usage – we begin to feel guilty and unproductive. Ashamed, even. I know I have.
Whilst I will advocate for the fact that there’s no shame in spending your down time however you please (honestly, if being on Instagram all night is what you want to do, go for it), I do feel like I spend a lot of time procrastinating thanks to social media.
I also feel like I don’t get a lot of work done and begin to feel overwhelmed after spending a lot of time scrolling, so I decided to put my favourite pass time to actual work. I decided to download a few apps that were going to boost my productivity in a healthier way.
So what are the apps?
I’ve badgered on long enough about my productivity or lack thereof, so let’s jump directly into what apps I’ve been using!
Isn’t sleep not being productive? Um, wrong! I completely disagree. I feel like I’m more productive and willing when I’ve had a good level of rest. This has also been scientifically backed up, so I like to monitor my sleep and see how I can improve my sleep so that when I wake up in the morning, I feel ready for the day.
Pillow definitely works best if you have an apple watch, but I don’t, and I use the app anyway. It monitors how much sleep you’re actually getting and tallies it up, the app also takes audio recordings throughout the night if you’re interested on seeing how much you snore. If you have an apple watch, it also monitors your heart rate whilst you sleep. This is a super convenient app for those of you looking to sleep better to make your waking life more productive.
I love mind maps. I loved making them in classes at school and when I was in college. Simply because I feel like I can easily construct my thoughts and put a rough idea together and into practice. This app is perfect for that because: it’s a mind map app!
I love to use this when I have an idea for a post and want possible sub-topics to talk through whilst naturally progressing onto them, I also like mind maps so I can lay out what key words and phrases that I want to use so that I can also stay on top of my SEO game. It’s a super helpful app for those of us that like to plan our thoughts rather than go off what’s in the top of our minds. The only draw back is that only 3 of your mindmaps are free, so you basically have to keep starting over if you don’t want to pay, which is fine because after I’ve written a post, it’s done, but if I have more than one idea floating around, it can be a pain.
This is an app that I see so many people supporting – and I can tell you, there’s a reason for it. Trello is all about making organizing your ideas so much easier. It doesn’t like to focus on a basic list though because frankly, they’re a bit daunting, but instead Trello lets you create a kanban board which will hold your ideas to make organizing them easier. I like to have a ideas, writing, editing, shooting, complete set so that I know what has been written or is in the progress of being written, and what I need to photograph for.
If you get this app then you don’t really need MindMeister, but I like to use this app for a more post decision making – it’s for the articles I know I’ll be producing.
I always hear about password books and whilst I think this is a good idea in theory, I like to be as paperless as possible and I try to make sure that most of my documents are digital so that I’m being as eco friendly as possible.
Lastpass is well, a virtual password book. It stores your passwords for you and remembers them so that when the time comes for you to use an app or a website and you just can’t remember which password you used for it, Lastpass knows!
I don’t have the same password for every website I use so I get majorly confused about which password goes where, so for boosting my productivity Lastpass has been amazing. Instead of wasting time resetting old passwords that I can’t remember, I just check the app and carry on with the task I was doing! It saves time and a lot of hassle.
I normally like to get someone *ahem Pedro* to proof read my posts for me, but when he isn’t available or he’s simply just too busy or preoccupied to offer me the favour, I like to lean on Grammarly to proof read for me and check my grammar.
I have this installed as an add-on in my browser, but there is an app too which basically gives you a custom keyboard, it works similarly to predictive texting but does a better job, and keeps your grammar in check. It’s by no means not perfect but it’s great for helping you get better with your writing and also helps you to jump straight to the point instead of beating around the bush, boring your readers half to death.
It’s a useful tool and I highly recommend it!
Are there any apps that you’ve been using to keep productive lately? What are they?