We’re curious animals, us human beings. I took a productivity test earlier today and a couple of the answers left me a little perplexed. Apparently, people are more productive while listening to music but aren’t after exercise.
To be honest, I find the opposite is true. I must work in a quiet room and ensure I’ve given my legs a workout before hitting the keyboard. But if that test proves anything, it’s that we’re all rather different. What works for one may not work for another.
That brings me onto the subject of this post: productivity apps. I’ve experimented with lots of them and have come to the conclusion that they simply won’t benefit everyone. Quite often, you spend more time configuring the productivity app than… you get my gist. Tools should only ever benefit the job in which they are intended to be used. If they don’t speed things up and improve the resulting quality, they’re a waste of time. Harsh, but true.
So, I’ve boiled my search down to three and, if you’ve ever wondered if you’re missing a digital companion in your quest to be ultra productive, they’re worth checking out.
Trello – trello.com
Time and productivity management should be fun. No, really – you should enjoy getting stuff done. Trello features one of the most addictive ways of managing tasks with a simple drag-and-drop interface. Try it out – it’s free, after all. If you work in a team, it has the added benefit of being able to cope with multiple users. And boy is collaboration fun.
Things – http://culturedcode.com/things/iphone/
Odd name aside, Things is a nuts-and-bolts to-do list app and would be an ideal way to test the water if you’re yet to jump into the productivity app world. Just bear in mind it is Apple-device only at the moment, so PC users will have to look elsewhere. The upside – if you have an iPhone – is that your to-do list will be with you practically everywhere you go, so you’ll never miss that deadline or important job you’d promised someone you’d complete.
Omnifocus – https://www.omnigroup.com/omnifocus/
This is the workhorse I rely on and the one thing which gets me through the day without forgetting the numerous promises I’ve made and the projects I have ongoing. Omnifocus is a powerhouse of a productivity app, but can be stripped down to the bear essentials of a to-do list, if you don’t need all of the grunt it offers. It focuses on the Get Things Done (GTD) methodology developed by productivity consultant David Allen. It does come at a cost, so I’d recommend reading up on GTD first to see if it’s really for you.
So, there you have it: three productivity apps which may work for you. They’ve all worked for me, for different reasons, but going back to music and exercise, I don’t represent the majority. I’m not even convinced there is a majority or a general consensus when it comes to effectively managing time.
If the above don’t work for you, stick to what you know. If that’s a collection of Post-It notes and traditional notebook – brilliant. Why re-invent the wheel?
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