Our smartphones have become like an extra appendage: it’s tough to function without them. They act as our calculators, our connections with friends, our number one form of communication, and our cameras, even some of our grocery stores! So why not make sure you utilize your phone to help you work better?
There are plenty of ways you can make your mobile phone act as a kind of personal assistant; make sure you’re getting the most out of your working hours each day so you can really take advantage of your downtime. Because let’s be realistic, Candy Crush Saga isn’t going to play itself.
Download these apps to help get your schedule, work, and daily life organized – it’s one of the actions that leaders share as being vital to their success.
Whether you’re working alone, on a team, or just trying to stay coordinated with your family, staying organized makes a big difference and a calendar is a great step toward this. Not only will you see your productivity increase but you’ll feel confident knowing you aren’t forgetting a critical meeting or missing a shift. Having a set routine has been reported to improve mental health, so when you work a job with flexible hours or rotating shifts- managing your time becomes all the more important.
Use the free Google Calendar app to schedule your shifts, appointments, and time for yourself so you have a clear view into your days and weeks ahead. You can create multiple calendars and even share with other people, like family members or coworkers. It’s simple to use and has many features you can continue to add once you become comfortable with the app.
You can find it free for iOS and Android here.
When you work for an employment agency like PeopleReady, it’s important to have the ability to access the jobs you want, when you want, wherever you are. With the JobStack app, you can easily see jobs that fit your skills and decide which assignments to take. You can sign up for shifts or call off and get insights into job details like location, the customer, and your pay.
If you’re interested in working for PeopleReady, connect with your local branch representative.
Gone are the days of needing to write notes to yourself on the palm of your hand and keeping track of sticky notes. The same ones that you forget about and find as a soggy wet ball of paper in the washing machine. Keep track of important things using a simple note taking app so you know you’re never forgetting something. While most phones come with a basic note taking function, find a note taking tool that goes the extra mile.
A basic Evernote account is free – and you can use it on your computer or smartphone. All your notes and data are stored digitally, so if you accidentally spill coffee on your phone – everything you jotted down is safe.
You can also sort and search specifically within your notes, so instead of trying to scroll through a bunch of texts or flip through a notebook, you can easily figure out whether you needed to pick up 1% or 2% milk from the store and what safety gear you need to bring to the first day of a job.
Evernote has a robust offering of features in the Premium plan like saving emails, clipping notes, and automatically save social media updates – but the Basic plan should cover all your essential needs.
Start taking stronger notes with Evernote .
We all have a love/hate relationship with passwords. With so many different accounts from banking to the grocery store to your job search app to Facebook, it can be extremely frustrating trying to remember them all. Not only is it important to have different passwords for your various accounts to reduce the risk of hacking or identity theft, you’re forced to change them every once in a while or each time you forget.
Stay ahead of your passwords by using an app that helps you save multiple passwords on multiple platforms, such as iOS, Android, and Windows. It’s worth the setup time if it means you don’t have to worry about all your passwords every time you try to login!
Another great thing about RoboForm? It’s free to use the basic features, which includes unlimited logins, password auditing, and even emergency access.
Not all productivity apps need to be directly tied to work efficiency. Your wellbeing and mental health are just as important factors to success as anything else. It can be tough to remember to take time for self-care and wellness, but it’s another behavior that successful leaders swear by.
Don’t get lost at the word “meditation”. The Calm app, which won best 2017 iPhone app of the year, helps users sleep better, reduce stress and anxiety, and boost confidence.
Enjoy both guided and unguided meditations, introduction into mindful breathing, calming music, and “sleep stories” – which are soothing bedtime stories for grownups. There are subscriptions available for more offerings, but you can get the essentials you need free of cost with a simple download on iOS or Android devices.
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