Between work obligations, family obligations, and generally managing your busy life, you likely feel stressed out and pulled in a million directions. Lucky for you, big tech and ambitious developers continue to pump out useful apps that help us manage our hectic lives and take care of all the priorities we juggle each day. Organization is essential for busy professionals, but even the act of getting organized takes time and dedication. These five apps will help you organize, manage, and schedule your busy life, so you can focus on producing results and then resting easy.
Keep Track of Daily Habits
Habit List is an app designed to help you develop and maintain beneficial habits. With deadlines approaching and schedules overflowing, it can be hard to simply remember to meditate, take a walk, or even drink enough water. This app is a great tool for tracking your habits over time and monitoring progress so your inner competitor is challenged. Habit List allows you to:
Get motivated with streaks and personal goals
Focus on what’s due
Stay on track with reminders and badges
Schedule your day easily
View progress and trends over time
Track small daily accomplishments
Procrastinate No More
If you are prone to procrastination, look no further. Procraster app uses prompts and short-term rewards to help you both manage and complete projects. If you are stuck on a project or task, Procraster prompts you to identify why you might be having a block by offering a list of common culprits: “My project is too big,” “I don’t know where to start,” “I’ve made a mistake,” “I have to finish my project,” and “I have to be perfect.” Choose one, then Procraster responds with advice about how to tackle your problem. Next, it asks you to set a single task to perform and to choose an incentive (you can choose from theirs, or make your own). From there, Procaster’s timer breaks the task down into a series of 25-minute sessions. When you finish a session, you can collect your reward.
Control Your Finances
Mint is a personal finance app that helps control your budgeting and helps with personal investing. For those who tend to spend more than they make, Mint is a great resource for budgeting. Mint allows you to create budgeting groups, and you can categorize transactions on the go. Mint also automatically pulls transactions in from your bank accounts and credit/debit cards so you can monitor all your transactions in one centralized location. Mint also analyzes your spending habits and gives you insights to help reduce reckless spending. Finally, the app has a great bill pay feature that reminds you when bills are due and allows you to pay them straight from the app.
Every Note-Takers Dream App
Evernote is the leading productivity note-taking app. Evernote allows you to input all your notes (scans, handwritten notes, etc) into one centralized location. You can upload what matters most and have access to your information when you need it. Add to-do's, photos, images, web pages, or audio... and it's all instantly searchable. Organize notes any way you want and share them with anyone. From meeting notes to web pages, projects, to-do lists, and more, all of your notes and reminders are centralized and ready on demand.
Get Organized and Manage Your Time
Timely is the ultimate time and project management tool. Not just a time-tracking tool, the app also helps you organize your workweek and shares insights on how long your projects take. In addition, the app lays out your workweek in advance and allows you to estimate the time needed for each assignment. When you track your time on projects, you’ll be able to more effectively plan future scheduling based on your analytics. This app allows you to manage your time more effectively and stay organized at the same time.
Much like your computer, your mind has fifty tabs open while simultaneously running a list of to-dos. There’s an app for that. Allow yourself to get organized and manage your day more effectively.