By Gina Duncan 

Does it seem as though there aren’t enough hours in the day? You wake up to an ever-growing email inbox, work projects to complete, evening yoga class, and groceries to buy. With so much to do, it’s hard to know where to begin, so you wind up spending more time on something that isn’t even on your list. 

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.” – Bruce Lee 

Feeling overwhelmed and wanting to live a more productive life? There are digital tools that can help you prioritise your schedule. Here are five productivity apps that will help you organise your day and make the most of your time:

List Making—ToDoist

Love to create weekly and daily goals? If you’re like me and checking things off your to-do-list is fulfilling, then ToDoist is the perfect productivity app for you.  

It gets your to-do-lists out of your head and into the app. Input your tasks in ToDoist, it will turn them into colour-coded categories and automatically schedule reminders for you.

It can also manage family calendars, plan team projects, assign duties, monitor deadlines, and send you alerts when tasks are completed. The app is free for single-person use. If you’re assigning tasks to others, you’ll want to purchase the premium subscription. 

Smart Scheduling—Calendar

Calendar is a smart scheduling app powered by artificial intelligence (AI), so it is always learning for you– delivering a personalised experience. The more you use it, the more time it saves you. It begins to learn your schedule across integrated calendars and automatically schedules events, meetings, and tasks.

Calendar alerts you if there is a conflict in your schedule, lets you choose who can book meetings directly to your calendar, and it analyses your schedule to help you save time. It allows you to customise and colour-code your entries, making it easier to track productivity.

You can start a calendar for free or add features with monthly or annual subscriptions.

Image Capturing—CloudApp

It’s been proven that the human brain can process entire images at a rapid processing speed of as little as 13 milliseconds. Basically, in the blink of an eye. If you like to share videos and pictures, Cloud App is for you. Cloud App’s features include video recording, GIF creation, capturing screenshots, and image annotation, helping enhance your communication with others. Instead of spending your time typing long emails, now you can get your point across in less time using images and videos. 

CloudApp is a productivity tool designed to save your team up to 56 hours a week. Cloud App provides secure sharing, can add your logo to a link, and lets you customise the URL. You can search within images for text, and it will notify when someone has viewed your content. 

They offer a free forever plan, but to use additional features, you will need to upgrade to a monthly pro plan.   

Practice Mindfulness—HeadSpace

If your day has you stressed out, make time in your schedule for meditation. Scientists discovered that meditation improves your brain’s neurological structure in areas of the brain that control focus, self-relevance, cognitive learning, memory, and emotion regulation.

Dealing with deadlines, long hours, and a heavy workload can stress you out. Headspace is a personal meditation guide. Daily meditation can reduce stress, increase focus, decrease anxiety, pain, depression, and insomnia. Meditation helps you manage stress and reduce its impact on your physical and mental health. 

Headspace offers special meditations that focus on becoming more productive for work.

The point is to practise mindfulness to ensure that you can focus for extended periods without burning out.

Headspace offers a 30-day course of meditation and exercise, and single tailored meditations to manage immediate stressors. Try Headspace for free, then move to a monthly, recurring annual payment, or a monthly family plan.

Note Taking—GoogleKeep

GoogleKeep is a notepad within Google Suite (G Suite), everything you need in one package of Google’s life management apps.

First, let’s talk about G Suite. G Suite also includes Google’s communication features like Gmail and enables you to schedule your week with Google calendar. You can create and share Google documents, forms, sheets, sites, slides, and notes. It’s easy to manage and share data with G Suite.

GoogleKeep syncs your notepad and lets you quickly take, save and organise notes, voice memos, photo notes, and checklists to Google Drive. Android phone users can sync to their desktops. 

Try it for free for 14 days, then decide which GSuite pricing plan is right for you.

Take back control of your time with these five productivity apps that you can install right now on your iOS or Android device. There’s no need to stress over wasted time.