Technology has been kind to us when it comes to time management. With hundreds of applications and digital tools, we can have the solutions to our problems at our finger tips. If you are not using any of these apps to make your personal or professional life easier, you are definitely missing out.
Cardmunch is a LinkedIn companion application that allows you to photograph a business card, and send the information to your LinkedIn connection almost immediately. This app provides the most efficient way of saving new contacts.
- MyLifeOrganized (MLO)
MLO is a smart task organiser that helps you with your daily chores and to-do lists. You can even set up daily objectives, and the app – using your inputs – prioritises your daily objectives. The layout of the application is a little bit crowded, but its uses are plentiful.
- Syncback Freeware
As the name suggests, this smart and capable app is a file management program. You can do pretty much anything with it, including backing up your data, or restoring previously existing files. One of the key aspects of good time management is backing up one’s files from time to time. If the data goes missing, it can lead to catastrophic consequences at the corporate level. With this app, such risks are virtually eliminated.
Mind42 is a mind mapping app. Mind mapping relies on diagram information, making it easier for the brain to remember it, even though they may contain an enormous amount of information. If you use the right combination of images and words, this app is extremely useful.
Toggl is a great time tracking app that allows you to figure out exactly how much time you spend on certain projects. Once you have the data, the app allows you to evaluate the data gather, and reveals the potential weaknesses in your time management skills. Toggle is one of the more popular apps of its kind currently on the market.
- Focus Booster
Another contestant, another tell-all name, Focus Booster helps you concentrate better. The mechanics of the app were built on the Pomodoro technique, a time management method developed by Francisco Cirillo during the 1980s. The technique asks you to take 25-minute work sessions with 3-4 minutes breaks in between. After approximately every three hours the break increases to 10-15 minutes.
Another free tool, Evernote is a library of your creative ideas. Whenever you think of something, the app offers you a wide variety of tools to save, capture or store the idea. The different options can be used to save different concepts in a way that makes sense from a contextual standpoint. Graphical ideas can be saved under the Skitch option, while recipes can go to the Evernote Food folder.
Anybody who uses computers know about Dropbox. It’s an efficient tool that allows you to transfer files in a convenient way, free of charge, of course. It can be used on the go, and the desktop app is just as straightforward as the mobile version. Most people rely on Dropbox for file sharing at the workplace, making this excellent time management tool one of the most important applications on the list.
- Remember the Milk
Remember the Milk has a weird name, but the app itself is excellent. It is the ultimate organiser tool that can synchronize everything with anything. Your desktop computer, mobile phone or laptop, but also your Gmail or Outlook account, if that is what you want.
- Rescue Time
With a little input, Rescue Time can identify your biggest time wasting habits, and send you a report on a weekly basis. If you use this app, you are likely to be surprised at how much time you really waste on a weekly basis.
If used well, any of these apps can help you develop better time management skills. Use them wisely, and they will reveal your poor habits, if there are any.