Managing your task should not be a distraction. These desk buddies will let your phone handle the difficult stuff.
6 Apps to Manage Your Task and Balance Your Workday
Otter is great at automatically transcribing important meetings. Although the transcription may not be 100% accurate, it is close enough to allow you to see the bigger context. Clicking on any section of the transcript will open the audio file. Before recording any conversation, be proactive and get consent.
Zoom is a great phone app for in-person meetings. However, you will need a Business-level membership in order to fully integrate with the app. Otter offers 600 minutes of transcription assistance per month for meetings lasting up to 30 minutes. This is a lot of help for those who are not as consistent.
It is crucial to know when it’s time for a break. You can take a walk around your block or meditate with guided meditations to reduce anxiety during stressful days. Headspace subscribers have access to many soothing meditations. You can find options that are tailored to your workplace in the Focus tab of Headspace.
HeadSpace’s nature soundscapes are perfect for someone who can be easily distracted but still enjoys some background noise. My personal favorites are “Cabin downpour” and “Redwood Canopy”.
Pocket stores web articles, news stories, and online documents in a personal library that you can access later using the app’s distracting interface. Save industry headlines to your phone and you can focus while reading the articles offline. Basic service is available for free. Pocket Premium is $5 per month or $45 per year. It offers more search options and a permanent archive of saved articles.
Smartphones can be a source of distractions and you may need to encourage others to turn off their phones. Flora allows you to set a timer that will allow you to focus on one thing only. Flora is free to download and offers different subscription levels if you wish your digital forest to be compatible with real-world tree plantings.
Automating social media distractions is a great way to get rid of your Achilles heel. Buffer will schedule your posts for the day, and then you can close Instagram to get back to work or your family. It handles all major social media platforms and provides reports on which of your followers clicked.
6. Take Action
This app was created by the same people who brought you Moleskine notebooks. It keeps track of appointments, tasks, and reminders. You can organize your lists as meticulously as you like with custom color coding and Actions. If you need to be reminded, you can set reminders.