If you’re looking for the best productivity tools in one place, you’ve just hit the jackpot.
We did the research, so you don’t have to. Here are 20 of the best productivity apps to use in 2017 that will help you optimize your time and get more things done whilst staying balanced, happy, and, you know… sane.
Without further ado – here they are:
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Where you work is as important as what you do.
Various studies have found a connection between office environment and employee productivity. In fact, it’s been said that a well-designed office can increase your team’s overall productivity about 20%.
And if 20% increase in productivity doesn’t sound convincing enough to invest in office improvements, here are some more stats that might change your mind:
A study found a company’s most productive employees can increase its yearly profit by $5,000.
Meanwhile, the average cost US businesses pay for unfocused and disengaged employees can reach $450-550 billion yearly.
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The DeskTime blog covers a lot of information about productivity and how to work smart. But sometimes, all you need is a little inspiration from the pros to kick it into high gear and get things done.
So learn some lessons and get motivated with these quotes about productivity from wildly successful people.
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We’ve been able to cover some cool topics this year as they relate to productivity at work, home, and everywhere in between. Take a look at what our readers loved best – these were our top 5 most popular blog posts of 2015.
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As a tech startup ourselves, we rely on a host of apps on a daily basis to enrich, simplify or improve our lives. Here’s a list of the apps, how we use them, and how they helps us get things done.
Bonus: At the bottom of this blog post we have an offer for you to get your hands on all of these products yourselves, not to mention about 30 more to help startups grow!
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January is halfway through, which means that 2015 is rapidly taking off. But while we still remember 2014, let’s look back at the most read DeskTime blog posts that helped us get through it. Last year here at the DeskTime blog we gave tips, gathered ideas, solved problems; we experimented with and introduced new app features. And here are the winners!
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Here at DeskTime, we did a study of the most productive employees to understand their habits and learn from them. Originally published on Daily Muse, the article took off and was republished by Mashable, Business Insider, Inc.com and Lifehacker. You have probably noticed it already, but here is the original and complete text of the study with even more useful tips to increase your productivity.
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It’s a new year, a time for looking back at your previous year, and looking ahead to the next. Here are three very simple resolutions that will keep productivity high in 2014.
1. Focus on the few vital tasks
Have you ever heard of the Pareto Principle (a.k.a. the 80/20 rule)? It states that 80% of results come from 20% of the causes. This means that of all of your daily tasks, you will get 80% of your total daily results from those 20% of tasks.
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Don’t make more work for yourself
Believe it or not, there are three easy steps you can do at the end of your workday to make make yourself more productive. All it takes is to take 20 minutes to prepare. Here’s what you’ll do:
1) Arrange for the next day
Place everything you need for the next place in the place you’ll need it. Things like pulling out the files you know you’ll have to work with, putting the things you won’t need farther away from yourself, and things you will need, closer.
2) Clean your desk
Start the day off with a clean slate. The less knick-knacks, memos, old bills, and stacks of paper will only serve as another possible distraction. Get rid of it. Or put it all in a box until you can deal with it – whatever works for you.
3) Write down the top 3 things that are a priority for you for the following day
And start off right away with those! Don’t even open your email, because we know what a bottomless pit of time-sucking that can be. The feeling of knocking-off a must-do priority item off your to-do list at the very beginning of the day will make sure that not only have you actually done something of value today, but the feeling of getting things done will be so exhilarating that you’ll gladly fling yourself into the next assignment.
Hit the ground running!
A national study on employee engagement has found that only 1 in 4 employees are motivated at work.
For a manager whose success depends on the productivity of their employees, these statistics don’t exactly inspire confidence.
Chances are your employees are counting down the minutes until they can shut down their computers and call it a day, which is quite the opposite of the vision you have for dedicated, passionate employees who will stop at no ends to guarantee the success of your company.
It might be time to re-evaluate your approach to employee motivation, and take a look at what really motivates us.
What is it that really gets us going?