Productivity gets derailed by two virtues of modern living: technology and options. All the communication choices we have can hurt our efficiency - even if their purpose is to give us more hours in the day. Enter the time management app. This abundant category can help you track hours, spot inefficiencies, and even block distractions.
The only problem: Trying to sort through which one works for you can be itself a waste of time. "I find people are struggling with getting all these applications from these sources and they're trying to figure out how to integrate them into their world. People are overwhelmed," says Alix Longfellow, an organization and productivity consultant and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. According to Longfellow, every person has a different organization style that works for them and that the best way to choose a time management app is by finding something that you find simple and efficient. She generally recommends programs and apps that offer big solutions, rather than having an app for every different task, like these ten great productivity apps.
For many of us, we would be much better at managing our time if we could just focus on the task at hand. This app says it can increase focus by as much as 400 percent through the use of neuroscience-based music channels. The music is selected with special emphasis on certain characteristics, like key, intensity, arrangement, speed, and emotional value that the developers say can help people tune out distractions for as much as 100 minutes straight. [Free; iOS and Android]