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.
Mind mapping is a form of brainstorming that involves making a large, colorful web to represent your ideas instead of organizing your thoughts in a linear fashion. "It allows you to go in so many different directions without being constricted and stopping what you're doing," says Longfellow. You use Mindnode by writing your goal in the middle and then creating a web of notes and comments around it, showing what you need to do in order to reach that goal. This app allows you to move your notes around, create multiple maps on one canvas, and color code different branches of your map. You can also export your Mindnode map as a text file or image. [$9.99; iOS]