Five Apps for Increasing Your Productivity

Some days, accomplishing all of your goals could seem impossible, due to a full schedule or a heavy workload.

Whether you're looking to get more done each day or simply increase your efficiency, these apps will take your productivity game to new heights.

What on the surface may seem like simply an app for tracking your work hours could actually be a tool used to your advantage! Divide up clients and projects while working and easily reflect on how much time is spent doing what. Only want to spend an hour doing one project? Harvest helps keep you on track.

Stay focused and be present! With Forest, putting down your phone has an incentive. Whenever you have a task you want to focus on, plant a tree within the app. The longer you stay within the app—and not mindlessly scrolling elsewhere—your tree grows. Complete a tree and add it to your growing forest. Even better? The app partners with Trees for the Future, which plants real trees.

Have a big project that requires several to-do lists with various dates and a team to communicate it all with? Basecamp helps keep you organized and on track by letting you see projects at a glance, chat with your team around the "campfire" and check off to-dos once completed. Is there a better feeling? Some would say, "No!"

Focus Keeper
With Focus Keeper, it's all about focusing your work efforts in timed 25-minute chunks, with a five-minute break in between each burst of activity. This nifty timer system helps you avoid feeling burned out—especially when you've got a large task to complete.

Laying the groundwork for productivity doesn't necessarily need to happen at work. With Headspace, you'll learn to relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day. A big plus? The app helps you create ideal conditions for a good night's rest.

Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Groups Today.

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