There was a time when we thought the greatest tool to be created by mankind was the personal computer. My first pc came with a total space of 2 GB! And we managed fine in that. Today, even 2 TB seems little.
The rapid growth of technology has seen incredible tools and apps for computers and smartphones come up for almost about everything we humans do. We all use many of them in our everyday lives whether for work or for fun. These are some of the common, basic and my own top Productivity Apps and Tools that make me more efficient and focused on my task at hand. I use most of these and many others regularly and will keep adding to them as I find something that fits here.
1. Dropbox – Share files across all Devices
2. Google Drive – Online Storage
Google Drive is a free service from Google for file storage and synchronization. It allows users to store files in the cloud and access them anywhere online, share files, and edit documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with collaborators. Google Drive is a cloud storage service that allows you to store your documents, photos, videos, and more online. From Drive, you also get access to free web-based applications for creating documents, spreadsheets, and more. You can use Google Docs, Google Sheets, and other applications to create and edit various types of files. Google officially launched Drive in April 2012 featuring 5 GB free online storage and the ability to buy more storage.
3. Dragon Dictation – Start Speaking
Dragon Dictation lets you use your voice to dictate a text message or an email. It recognizes and transcribes your words at lightning speed and gives you the flexibility to dictate a letter, update your Facebook status or send in a Tweet. You need to have an iTunes account to be able to download it on a mac.
4. Workflowy – Organise your Brain
Source: WorkFlowy – Organize your brain.
Workflowy allows you to keep online lists for Work & Home – Forget all the little pieces of paper that you carry around to remind you of your daily ‘to-do’s. This list goes wherever you do! Access it from your pc, iPad or your phone!
5. Evernote – Workspace for your Life’s Work
The online organising tool that you can’t do without especially if you are someone who works with a team. Whether its a small Note or a team Task List, whether it is a photo to share or a complete Project to plan, Evernote will help you Share, collaborate, and confer in real time with your team and help you get your work done without leaving your workspace.
6. Noisili – Background Sounds to suit your Mood
Noisli is a fantastic background noise and color generator for working and relaxing. Online soothing ambient sounds like White noise, Rain and Coffee Shop. This is especially a great tool for Work at Home Entrepreneurs who don’t like working in complete silence. Choose the background to suit your mood and you’re good to go!
7. Pomodora Technique – Do More & Have Fun doing it
The Pomodoro technique was invented in the late 1980s by Francesco Cirillo. Cirillo originally used a kitchen timer shaped like a tomato (pomodoro is Italian for tomato) to time the intervals, hence the name for the technique.
The basis on which the Pomodora Technique works is that you work at a task intensely for 25 minutes after which you are allowed a five minute break. All tasks can be completed more efficiently in these 25 minute intense shifts. Work for twenty-five minutes, take a break for five, repeat: this is the premise of the Pomodoro technique, a simple time management technique that skips minutely planned and prioritized task lists in favor of a simple, frugal approach to productivity.
Do you use these Top Productivity Apps and tools?
Which of these Top Productivity Apps and Tools do you use? Are there other ones that you personally like, any one that is your own favourite? What do you use it for in your daily chores? I’d love to know !