Maintaining a high level of productivity is something that can be a problem even for the most dedicated among us. Whether is it the normal after lunch slump that has you dragging or a propensity for procrastination, you do not have to accept this as a normal part of your day to day life. In fact, there are ways that you can keep yourself in line without needing to resort to a quest to achieve the perfect ambient noise. In the past, I have tried adding a noise cancelling machine to my desk and taking up residence at a table in the local coffee shop to create the perfect productive environment, each with dismal results.
What I have discovered is that you can use something as simple as an app for your tablet, computer or smartphone to ensure that your focus is at 100 percent when it comes to tackling everything on your daily to-do list. New apps come and go with some regularity, and while there are some great older productivity apps that can be quite useful, there are also some new ones that are definitely worth checking out.
One of my favorite recent finds is Jumpcut. With this app, you can save a lot of time each day with your copying and pasting activities. The beauty of Jumpcut is that it remembers your last 40 items that you have copied to the clipboard, which makes it easy to refer to something that you copied earlier in the day. Of course, if you have copied more than 40 things during the day, then you might not be able to find what you need. However, as someone who copies many things during the day and often tries to recall something from earlier in the day, I can say that this is definitely a time-saver and a productivity booster.
If email is a big part of your day, then Boomerang for Gmail is a can’t miss addition to your workflow process. With it, you can do things like hit the snooze button on inbox emails that you do not want to see, get a reminder in your inbox if no one responds to a query you sent out, and schedule and email to be sent out later. It is similar to the FollowUpThen app, with the main difference being that Boomerang for Gmail directly integrates with your Gmail or Google Apps email address.
For the creative types who benefit from mind-mapping, the new iPad and iPhone app MagicalPad is a great addition to the productivity tools arsenal. With this app, youcan quickly and easily jot down any ideas or notes that you need to get down, as well as create and manage lists and get in a bit of stress-relieving doodling. This app turns being productive into something fun so that you end up accomplishing your goals without getting burned out.
And remember, if all else fails you can revert to some of the oldie but goodies options such as a noise cancelling app like Coffitivity or simple timer that helps you practice the Pomodoro time management technique. Or, use a combination of these things to identify your productivity sweet spot.