If you’re like most busy people, you’re always looking for ways to increase your productivity. If you can find a way to:
Limit distractions in this distraction-filled world
Stay focused on a single task at a time
…you’re well on your way to getting more done, but it’s not always easy to get there. Well, thanks to the amazing technology we have available to us today, there are a plenty of tools out there that can help .
Here are 5 of our favourite productivity tools to help you limit distractions and stay focused.
Let’s get the distractions out of the way first because even while technology brings us so many great productivity tools, it also brings us tremendous distractions. RescueTime helps you track your time on your computer and your mobile devices and identifies where you where you’re spending (ahem…often wasting) a lot of your time.
Alert you when you’re spending a certain amount of time on an activity.
Allow you to block distracting websites during focus time, Keep track of what you accomplished throughout the day
Identify how much time you spend on a variety of activities, including email, meetings, etc.
Sign up for a Lite account, which is completely free and explore to your hearts content. If you need the additional features you can sign up for added features.
The Focus Booster app is based on the Pomodoro Technique, which is a long-standing productivity technique that uses a timer for focused work periods, usually 25 minutes, followed by a break of 3-5 minutes. After you complete 4 work periods, you get a break of 15-30 minutes. The idea is you stay completely focused on the task during the work period.
There are a lot of apps that can help you execute the Pomodoro Technique, but you can check out Focus Booster. The app is free for up to 20 sessions per month or you can pay a reasonable yearly fee for unlimited sessions and extra features.
The app keeps a time sheet for you and produces a report that allows you to track your productivity and identify ways to become even more productive.
Now here’s something very different, but scientifically proven to increase focus and productivity. And if you love music, this is going to be great news for you.
Focus@Will uses human neuroscience and music to help you focus, limit distractions, get productive and retain more information. All you do is answer a few questions and the software will determine the right music to put your brain in a flow state that makes you super productive.
Will it work for you? There is a free 2 week trial, so you get to try it out fully before you buy. You can see if it works for you.
Are you interested in auto tracking your time? Great! You can do it with Toggl. Toggl has an auto-tracker that will start tracking time when either certain programs or keyword triggers are set off. You can predetermine what these triggers are. Then, you don’t even have to worry about clicking the “start” and “stop” button. You just have to open your computer or mobile device and get working, and Toggl will do all the hard work for you behind the scenes.
One of the main reasons for signing up with a Toggl account is to get access to their robust reporting features. There are 4 different account levels, starting from Free. Some of the features are restricted and you would need to go with the Enterprise account to unlock all features.
5: Brain.fm is a popular productivity app
It’s 10 p.m. and you have a project due tomorrow, but you feel like you’ve had two cups of coffee and can conquer the world. That’s the feeling we replicate for you, on demand.
Every beat, note and tone in our music works together to help you get in the zone (and stay in the zone) so you can crush your to-do list. brain.fm app uses music as brain stimulation. It unlocks music potential to influence cognitive states. The team proactively works with leading auditory neuroscientists to validate their findings. Try 5 sessions for Free.
Try these tools and let us know what you think. And hey, if you’ve got a productivity tool you love, can you post it in the comments below? We’d love to gather up your answers and make part 2 for this article with more great productivity tools.
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