Being productive is essential for everyone, especially when starting a business; there always seem to be a million things on your to-do list and you don’t know where to start. Being productive helps you do better at your job and save you time (which means more free time). If you value your time, then you should find ways to increase your productivity.
You can become more productive by practicing good habits and by having the self-discipline to stick to those habits. Another method to increase your productivity would be to use apps that enhance your work performance.
Here are the top 21 apps every entrepreneur should be downloading to make the most of each day.
If your job requires that you copy and paste a lot of data, then this app is for you. This app is a lifesaver. It lets you copy pictures, texts, screenshots, barcodes and other media from your smartphone to your computer. It even has a clipboard feature where you can keep track of all the things that you’ve pasted.
SaneBox is well… it’s an app that keeps you sane. How?
Most of the time, reading emails can be a big time waster and it sometimes gets really frustrating when you’re shifting through newsletters and spam mail. For most people, this added stress is enough to make you go crazy!
SaneBox removes this annoyance by using intelligent filters that sort your email. It moves your emails to sorted folders so you can focus on the important ones first. It also uploads emails with file attachment directly to your cloud, which saves you the trouble of finding them.
Toggl helps you simplify your time tracking. You can simply keep track of the time by a simple click. So you don’t have to waste time by looking at the time.
Shyp helps you by minimizing the work needed to ship boxes to other people. It saves money since it automatically finds the best rates available. You don’t have to worry about the package being lost since it also has a real-time tracking feature that allows it to keep track of the packages that you are sending.
If your job requires creativity and innovation, then the Mind Meister app would be a great help. It’s a web-based browser app that helps keep your creativity going. It creates collaborative mind maps to help you connect with more than seven million people all over the globe. It even has a chat feature to help you keep in touch with other people.
Merging ideas with other people might be just what you need to perform well.
Moving from cubicle to cubicle just to talk and coordinate with fellow coworkers is a big waste of time and a big hindrance to getting the job done. Slack helps solve that problem by allows you to contact each other without the need to move around the office.
It is a messaging app that allows you to chat and send a file to fellow workers. It also gives you notifications if something comes up so that you don’t have to check your phone from time to time for updates.
Fantastical is Mac calendar app that is compatible with other operating systems. Fantastical syncs with other calendars and it compiles the events and dates to help you plan out your schedule. It also gives you notifications so you don’t miss out on events.
Cube anywhere helps you keep track of time and it also helps you keep track of your projects and works. It can integrate with your other contacts as well, which saves you a lot of time and a whole lot of effort. It’s very similar to Toggl but with the added benefit of being able to keep track of your work on multiple devices.
This app is pretty self-explanatory. Broken links are an annoyance and they can be quite the hassle. LinkFixer fixes those broken links so you don’t have to sift through your whole work just to correct one lousy broken link.
LinkFixer can also be used to transfer multiple files at once with reducing chances of errors. Another hidden feature it has is that it can be used to modify the details of your broken links.
RescueTime is another time tracking app that helps you manage your time wisely. Asides from the time tracking feature, RescueTime also gives you insight and advice on how to make the most out of your time.
Contacts Plus is a contacts managing app that give you instant access to your contact’s information without moving to another tab. It saves you a lot of time and it prevents you from being distracted from your work. It also comes with a backup feature that helps you keep your contacts even if you lose your phone or if your data gets wiped.
LetsLunch is basically an app that helps you get the job done during lunch breaks or work breaks in general.
What does it do? It basically integrates with your contacts and calendar to help you find opportunities to network with other people. So you can do business and be more productive even during your breaks.
Droplr is a very convenient and handy tool that allows you to share graphics with other people. It doesn’t just send pictures to other people, it also allows you to put explanations and annotations in those pictures. It saves you a lot of time in explaining, and it helps you convey the message with as little words as possible.
Speechnotes helps you save time by converting your words into notes. It’s basically your own private secretary. It allows for switching between spoken words and typed dictations, it also keeps track of your vocabulary so that it can easily adjust and make the necessary changes to effectively translate what you’re saying.
This is your own personal taskmaster. This app allows you take short breaks during work without suffering much in productivity. When you’re breaks have gone too far, BaTo.Life will be there to call you out and help you get back to work. Input the allotted time for your break and when you exceed the time, the app will close all other applications and force you to get back to work.
Dart helps you get to the point and avoid making unnecessary time wasting replies. If you are answering emails and giving the same sort of replies to your contacts, then the Dart app was made for you. With a simple click of a button, you can send standard replies instead of coming up with long answers yourself.
Freedom is very similar to the BaTo.Life app. It has a very ironic name since it doesn’t actually make you free, in fact, it restricts it. Freedom restricts your access to various websites so that you can focus on your work.
RunYourMeeting is a tool that helps you manage your meetings effectively. It increases the accountability of your attendees by making them commit and by monitoring their attendance and participation.
This is one of our favorite automation tool in the office. Zapier simplifies your work by creating a designated workflow for you to follow. It creates “zaps” or triggers that automatically do your task for you. An example of a zap would be to send files to a certain person with a click of a button or send messages on a certain time period.
It saves you time by automating parts of your work.
This isn’t exactly an app that will help you in the office but it will help you keep you your sanity in the long run.
GPS for the Soul is a free Android and iOS which helps you relieve your stress. It tracks your location and finds nearby locations for you to unwind and release stress.
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Founder, Editor-In-Chief // A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, ICANN, and Raytheon. A mentor at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Entrepreneur School, Dr. David Choi. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; and invested in some. // Let's Connect: email@example.com