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I have talked recently about what a time-suck Facebook and social media have become for me, and how I am trying to put the phone down more often. But, I still use my phone as a major productivity tool – as long as I stay off of Facebook.
I like to use paper planners, but I still rely on my phone pretty heavily to keep me on track and going where I need to. The selections of productivity-centered apps is really endless, but here are a few I have found particularly helpful.
In between writing blog posts, it can be difficult to actually find the time to read other blogs! But I find them to be my best source of inspiration and camaraderie. I also like to have a variety of material to choose from when I am sharing things on my own social media channels. Feedly is an app that allows you to save and sort content sources which, in my case, are blogs.
I can organize them in sections like, DIY, recipe, or inspirational and Feedly informs me which posts I have and haven’t read, and how long ago they were published. This is the app I swipe open when I have spare time to read, or am sitting in a waiting room. Its far more productive than crushing candies, and helps me multi-task by finding new content to share. The best part is, it is free.
This app is essential for anyone who is pursuing the business end of Young Living essential oils. If you aren’t, go ahead and skip to the next one. Oily Tools is a subscription-based app that costs $6.99 a month. This app will not only give you mobile access to your downline and their stats, you can also set it up t notify you when products go in or out of stock, or when someone in your downline achieves a rank. You can run reports on the app and see who in your downline could be missing a paycheck, unprocessed ER orders, etc. The best feature is that the app will give you an estimate of what your commission check will look like for the month. It is almost always very accurate for me.
If you are a blogger, you know what a nightmare it can be to try to break down Google Analytics. Simply Stats is a simple interface that gives you the pertinent information like page views, bounce rate and unique visitors. You can also filter down to more specific information, but this is my go-to for a quick check of how my day is looking.
This may seem like an oxy-moron because Pinterest can definitely fall into the time-sucking social media category. But having this app on my phone has saved me so much time and headache when I need to quickly reference a recipe. I find Pinterest to be a much more efficient way to search for a lot of different things, especially those relating to the home.
Almost every bank has their own app now, and if you aren’t using yours, you are definitely missing out. I love the ease of checking my balances, transferring money, and even paying bills from the app. The absolute best part is that you can cash checks from the app. No more driving to the bank after a check floats around in your purse for a couple of months.
Those are just a few of my favorite apps, and I also rely heavily on the apps that are included on iOS like reminders. Also, if you have an iPhone, don’t forget that you can ask Siri to remind you of things, add things to your calendar, and even call or text people. On the latest software you don’t even have to pick the phone up, you can just say “Hey Siri!”
What are some of your favorite productivity apps?
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