In 2019 with endless advancements in technology, is it really doing what it claims to do and be enhancing our lives?
Or is it just distracting us from the things that do enhance it?
Digital literacy, that is: how to steer, moderate and utilise the benefits of technology, is as (nearly) crucial to modern-day life as the age-old curriculum. So here are 6 apps that make you more productive.
Deep work is the ability to focus on a cognitively demanding task without distraction, resulting in complex information being processed faster and results being produced quicker.
One app that encourages deep work is Noisli, a background noise generator aimed at using sound and colour to improve focus and boost productivity.
The computer app f.lux removes the effects of blue light by adjusting screen colour and temperature according to time of day and location. If you have read 3 Ways To Be More Productive And Streamline Your Workday you’ll understand that when it comes to that last 10-minute block of the day, you don’t want to be wasting any more time due to sleep (or lack of`) because of blue light brain stimulation.
Aside from streamlining emails by turning off notifications and checking your inbox just twice a day at allotted times, Boomerang is a great way to schedule messages should you want to send emails outside of this window. You can also set up reminders that alert and prompt you if someone hasn’t replied within a few days.
For Mac users, this is one of those apps that once you start using; you’ll never imagine doing without. For Windows users, the ability to divide a screen with the click or drag of a mousepad is an already familiar and highly useful tool in managing multiple windows throughout the workday.
The app Magnet divides your screen by half and half, into quarters or in variations of this, to ensure time efficiency when working across several windows.
5. Trello Bulletin Board
A great way to brainstorm ideas, solidify tasks and create online mood boards, this customisable digital bulletin board is designed to keep all your thoughts across multiple mediums in one place.
Multiple boards can be created, each containing cards that can be filled with anything from thoughts to ideas, tasks and pictures. Each card is dynamic, so they can be dragged and dropped within a list or moved to a different one as well as shared with other users for commenting and task assignments.
Built for team collaboration across multiple workspaces, Slack works for businesses seeking to coordinate a team through communication and information transfer, or for freelancers looking to operate across different workspaces in one place.
Each workspace is collaborative and organised by channels, projects or team members, with seamless integrations to tools and services such as Gmail, Google Drive and Adobe Creative Cloud.