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10 apps that will boost your productivity

By Ben Hardicre on 24th May 2016

Apps are the best way to get you more organised and productive at work and in life

Staying productive at work or at home can be challenging. You can always improve on your productivity, but do you find that you’re not completely satisfied with your accomplishments at the end of the day?

For an app to boost your productivity, it should save you time, it should have the ability to be synced and shared across multiple platforms and it should make your life easier and more manageable in some way.

Here are some useful apps that follow these rules. Installing these apps could help you to make some positive changes in becoming more productive.

1. Wunderlist

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This is the perfect app for simple list making. You can make as many lists as you need and you can organise them into files. Any lists you create are saved in the cloud, meaning you can access them from almost anywhere. Wunderlist also gives you the ability to share lists with other users. You could create to-do lists for a team project, or even set due dates and reminders.

2. 1Password

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All you need is one password. It collects all of your passwords into one secure place. Locked by a masterpassword, that’s all you need to remember. If you have a new account for a website, then 1Password will create a unique password and save it.  You can use this for all sorts of information you need to keep safe. 1Password syncs automatically between every computer and device you own to keep everything accessible and with you wherever you go.

3. Dropbox

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Dropbox is a secure file hosting service which enables you to access all of your important documents, images and videos wherever you are. You can automatically sync straight to your account. You can access your documents from any computer too by logging into Dropbox on your web browser. Long gone are the days of losing your USB stick and all of your important work on it.

Dropbox even has a sharing feature so you can easily create a link to send important documents to others with incredible ease.

4. Cold Turkey

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Do you often find yourself putting off important work to check your Twitter feed or to see what notifications you’ve missed when you should be working? Cold Turkey is probably the answer. This handy app will block distracting websites during specific times of the day. This app is perfect for forcing you to get your work done without being distracted by the internet.

5. TripIt

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Access travel details anywhere, anytime. It’s all secure within the app Tripit. Forward your confirmation emails for your hotel, flights, car rental and restaurant bookings to plans@tripit.com and it will create a master itinerary for you. It gives you real time updates and alerts for connecting flights, delays and all of your plans are in one place. There’s no need for endless papers and email print outs. The future is here, the future is Tripit.

6. Pocket

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This app helps to create your own personal “read later” list. In this day and age, life is very fast paced. With social media offering a never ending list of interesting blogs and articles, we often don’t get chance to read them all as they’re updated and change almost instantly.

Pocket enables you to save articles into your “read later” list. When you have spare time, open up the app and read through what you’ve compiled throughout the day. This way you’ll never miss out.

7. Inkflow

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This is an app for visual thinkers. Sometimes people process things better by being creative and this appwill let your ideas run wild. It helps you capture ideas as you would normally with a pen, enabling you to rearrange them and also upload your own images. Doodling is supposed to help your focus too, so why not try out something different. This could really help bring out your creative side and keep you being productive.

8. Send Anywhere

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This multi-platform file sharing service will let you share content across various devices in real time.

If you have files that you need to share, then all you need to do is open up the app, pair it with the device you want to send it to with a 6-digit key, then press send. You don’t even need to log in to do this. You can send any file, any size, as many times as you want, all for free.

9. Stand Up!

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Stand Up! is a flexible work break timer. Those who work in offices often spend the majority of their time sitting down. We know by now that this is extremely bad for your health in the long run, so why not force yourself to take regular breaks.

You can set yourself regular reminder intervals from anywhere between five minutes and two hours. That way you’ll be given a nudge to make sure you move around. This app fits into any schedule, so startstanding up more!

10. Evernote

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Evernote enables you to be productive anywhere. You can write notes, checklists and research. Discuss your work with others and present ideas. Save items from the internet and create colourful sketches. The more you use Evernote, the more useful it becomes. It can easily become the central hub for all important pieces of information you need for later, across every platform.

These apps should really begin to make you more productive and keep you organised. Let us know which apps work best for you and let us know of any others you find useful that we haven’t included on our list!

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