Seriously, it’s time to just do it. And I’m going to make it easy for you to do this in a very short amount of time by sharing my favorite productivity apps. (YES!)
Many of these came in pretty handy when I was in the throes of my hybrid career life. As I grew my practice, I supplemented my income with work as an events consultant. So although I’m pretty productive, switching between the two on an almost-daily basis for a couple of years was enough to make my head spin!
So, whether you’re job hunting, which is a part-time job in and of itself, or you’re just trying to keep your career on track, take a gander at my favorite productivity apps:
- Toggl.com. This app is also available on a desktop or laptop and allows you to set up various categories of work and track your time. If you do it for a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to see where inefficiencies lie and where you might not be getting bang for buck. Example? For me, I spend a lot of time on admin and marketing, so it’s time to hire someone! For you, you might realize you’re spending way too much time researching companies and not enough time actually applying- so you may be able to see where your job search strategy may be falling down.
- Mailbox. Available on IOS and Android, this app will take your inbox down to zero. Seriously. For someone who gets on average 200+ emails a day, this is key for me. You can “snooze” emails for crying out loud! And then ask them to come back to the top of your inbox at specific times that you set! No more scrolling through dozens of emails and trying to keep track of what you responded to!
- Timeful. This app is a little A.I. freaky. It learns your habits and makes suggestions for better ways to do things based on YOUR habits (ie the time of day when you’re most productive). It’s a mish mash of a calendar app and to-do list, seamlessly melded together.
- Humin. Going to a bunch of networking events soon? Humin allows you to be in the moment and enjoy the experience of meeting someone without having to remember all the details. You can then search for them later through phrases like, “met last week” or “works in compliance”
- Evernote. This one’s been around for awhile, but I used to use it ALL the time in the day to day work for my work in event content production and management. There were so many disparate sources of information that Evernote let me record them and connect them. In this way, I was able to synthesize information rapidly and effectively. Could be great for researchers, journalists, content producers and anyone bringing together lots of data points- qualitative and quantitative. There are lots of apps out there- you can seriously go down a rabbit hole. What I’ve tried to do here is pick an example for different productivity needs- time management, mail management, contact management and content management.
What I urge you to do, if you’ve been feeling you need a little productivity boost these days, is to pinpoint which of these is most pertinent to you and download it! Don’t try all 5 even if you feel you need it- if you try all of them, you’ll likely stick with none of them.
Time to Complete: 30 minutes to 1 hour, or the amount of time to get a pedicure and manicure at the salon. Better yet- why don’t you check these out WHILE getting your spring pedicure?!?