It’s been brought to my attention that i’m spending way too much time on the laptop. Mostly i’m spending unnecessary time, and that results in stress and burnout. So to counter this, I’ve made a move to test out a new set of Productivity App s to get more organized, become more efficient, and to put data behind my decision making.
Now here are the apps that I will be using to further enhance my productivity.
This productivity app allows for tracking time on your computer to help you become more efficient and to invoice clients. I get a free license through work so I thought I’d try it out. Useful to get data behind timing and not just set timers all day. You can bill clients with this, get insight into your most productive hours of the day, and use it to schedule your tasks and projects better.
Update: after using this for a week I quickly realized that I have difficulty staying on task and not task switching. So to prevent this I actually disable the internet on my computer for non-internet critical tasks and worked to block out more hours. I’m still working on testing the rest of the software because it’s really robust, definitely worth the sticker price of $49 for pro and $29 for the basic productivity tracker (good for 3 and 2 Macs respectively).
Getting everything organized in one application to let you review your todos, projects and tasks for the day. I’ve been using things3 for about 2 weeks now and the $50+ price tag initially got me wincing, but after using this I realized pretty quickly that I’m just not efficient with my time if I use any other reminder/project management system right now.
Reminders and calendar just weren’t cutting it so I dove in and got the full software. If I were to do it again I would probably do their free trial (its 14 days for free) and you can get used to the software before you buy it. You can get a free 14 day trial here at https://culturedcode.com/things/
iCal: For daily, weekly, monthly and yearly calendar notifications I just use the built in Mac calendar app iCal. I like it because it’s built in and I can pull my personal calendars and work ones into a single screen for viewing. I have my two gmail accounts syncing with my Mac calendar app and my 3 personal accounts so that I can see what everyone on my team is doing and who needs to be doing what.
Calendar productivity app for macOS, comes installed on all Mac computers and iPhones. This is a simple and easy to use application which provides integration with all your favorite calendar accounts such as icloud, outlook, gmail, etc.
What I like about iCal is that it’s a simple, easy to use calendar client which is always found in your doc right down at the bottom of the site.
Free web conferencing software allows you to host one on one meetings, client coaching calls, record calls for clients, and to share video recordings with your team. Definitely a plus to have one application that does video conferencing, call recording and screen casting during said calls.
I am still getting used to these applications and learning about how to use them, but I will keep you updated as I become more versed in them and share any findings I have with you along the way of how they effect my productivity or if they get in the way.
Update: I’ve been using things3 for about a month and a half now and find that it’s really simple but not necessarily easy to use. Though you can pull all your reminders in from the Mac reminders app and you can see everything on your calendar I kinda feel as though it’s a little cluttered. I would suggest getting used to trimming the fat and getting rid of needless todos or outsourcing some of that such as grocery shopping or house cleaning so that you can stay productive on what wins the bread.
Also I really love timing, it’s great at what it does, smart tracking. It shows you from a daily and a weekly view what you are most productive at and where you may be wasting time on needless internet sites. I’ve used it only for a week and already notice my focus constricting.
As far as iCal, I use it about the same, I recently had to forego using my Mac due to an issue so I’m using my GF MacBook Pro (my old one) to write this. Thanks to my password manager and web apps like WordPress and gmail I am able to continue writing and working on my business without the need for a physical computer (I’m in the cloud baby). More on that later.