My Favorite Productivity Apps in 2017
It takes a lot of discipline and a few of my favorite productivity apps to get all the things done on my to-do list. When I look back at this year, I think about some of my major accomplishments: launching a book, speaking, making video, client work, my Creative Live class, and you know…getting married. None of that would have been possible if I weren’t staying on top of all of my projects.
I wouldn’t have accomplished half of what is on my list if I didn’t have a handle on my productive flow. I like to use apps to help me stay on top of all of my to-dos.
Here are a 4 of my favorite productivity apps in 2017:
Followup.cc is a Google Chrome extension that helps with Gmail organization. I treat my inbox like a to-do list, which means I need clear labels and a great filing system. The app helps me handle an email that I don’t need to handle right now. I can keep track of emails by “snoozing” it and having it come back to me later. This helps me keep my inbox manageable and makes sure I don’t miss anything.
This app helps me track what other people have opened. This is a great (and sneaky!) way to make sure that current clients, potential clients, and anyone else I’m trying to keep track of actually open the emails I sent them.
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I talked about this app in my “iPhone Apps for Vloggers” video, and I love it so much that I had to talk about it again. This isn’t just an app for your phone – you can use it on desktop too.
I like that Focus@Will gives you a variety of sounds or music options so that you are productive and not distracted. It’s a great app to use if you take advantage of the Pomodoro technique. I love the audible change when you are moving in and out of a 25-minute Pomodoro.
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I use Braintoss on my phone and on my iWatch. You can use a voice memo, create a note, or snap an image and send yourself a message. Then, the app emails you exactly what you need to know.
When I’m doing something away from my computer or phone, I can use this app on my smartwatch and the information is delivered to my inbox, where I can take care of it later.
This is the fastest process for me to remember what I want to do or look up later. It’s super user-friendly and keeps me on top of everything.
I have talked about this app before in my “Inbox Zero” video, and I still use it. It’s another Gmail extension, and it learns my inbox habits and prioritizes my important emails.
This helps me keep my inbox at a minimum so that it’s not very scary to check my email. It takes away overwhelm so I can focus on the most important email.
Shouldn’t email be according to your preferences, not the preferences and priorities of other people!?!
If you want more of my favorite productivity apps and tips, check out my productivity playlist on YouTube. There are a bunch of videos in there to keep you inspired and going after the life you want.