Let’s all admit it; we spend way too much time on our phones. Technology is always telling you there’s another video to watch, email to read or notification to clear. All of which seemingly take up much of your well-deserved leisure time. Who’s controlling who here?
It’s time to make your phone and technology work for you (and not the other way around) with these top time saving apps.
Evernote – Note Taking
Have you ever been in a meeting or lecture and taken notes in a paper notebook, then returned back to your computer to type these into legible notes to refer to later? Shouldn’t you cut out the middleman and instead make your notes electronically?
Or perhaps you promptly put the notes on your desk, promised yourself you’ll remember where it is for when it’s needed later, only to pile up other worksheets, files and more on top? And at a later date, you’re in a meeting, and wished you had your notes to refer to.
Evernote allows you to create notebooks and have them accessible wherever you are – sync your notes on all of your devices from your phone, to tablet and your desktop computer. Taking notes has never been so easy. You can organise everything into files and you can save almost anything to your notes; pictures, webpages, video links, etc.
LastPass - Passwords
If you’re not using a password manager, you likely fall into one of these scenarios:
- You can never remember your password, so you run a password reset each time you want to log in. You hit the ‘forgot my password’ link, type in your email again, jump into your inbox, refresh your inbox, click the link to reset your password and create a new one that you’re not likely to remember again next time.
- You use the same password. For everything.
- You have an excel or word file on your computer named ‘passwords’ or ‘accounts’.
This probably isn't the best way to be efficient (or necessarily safe). Luckily, there is a much faster and secure way to manage your passwords; use LastPass. You’ll only need one master password. There will still be unique passwords for each of your accounts, but Lastpass will do the work for you. You can create the most obscure passwords, and not have to remember any of them. It’s great for productivity and security. Do it once, do it right!
IFTTT - Automation
Who would have thought you could use recipes to make your life more productive? Okay, not the quite the tasty food-related type of recipes; more like automated technical Recipes.
IFTTT stands for ‘If this, than that’ and it isn’t just used to be more productive, you use it to automate tasks just because you can. You create a rule to trigger an action on your phone between apps, and this will fire off automatically without you needing to do a thing.
Here are some of our favourite automated IFTTT Recipes:
- Mute your phone when you arrive at work
- Save all your email attachments to Dropbox
- Track how much time you’re spending at work in your calendar
- Create reminders for important emails
- Add your screenshots to a Dropbox folder
- Message a loved one when you leave work
- Add a reminder to your calendar when you miss a call
Explore more at: https://ifttt.com/recipes
TeuxDeux – To do Lists
Keep your to-do lists and things-to-remember in one spot with this refreshingly easy to use and simply designed app.
If you’re looking for a to do list that keeps track of when you want tasks done, and the ability to look back and see what you achieved on a particular day – this is the app for you. Didn’t get to something today? No worries, drag it over to tomorrow or the next day.
Try it out at https://teuxdeux.com
Remember, these apps are diverse; they don’t just apply for work and study but also for home and when working collaboratively with family or in a team. And just think, with all this extra free time you’ll get more time to relax...on your phone.