Technology has changed the way we work. Just a decade ago, only a small percentage of us had a smartphone, and Facebook could only be accessed if you had a college e-mail address. While technology can allow us to work from anywhere, it also provides greater distractions, which can lead to poor time management. Get connected with our list of five apps and products to help you get through the workday, and find the perfect work-life balance.Read More >>
FocusDistractions within the office are found everywhere. A recent study says that 54 percent of employees lose their focus after socializing with co-workers. Whether you work in an open office layout, or have your own corner office, there are a variety of distractions to be found.
Noise cancelling headphones can help you maintain your focus on many important tasks. Listen to your favorite music while getting stuff done.
Available for: Mac & PC, online and offline versions available.
Cost: $2.99/mo (In-App Purchases Available)
This app uses the Pomodoro technique, which recommends 25 minutes of work, followed by a short five to 10 minute break. Once you have worked through four pomodoro cycles, a 15 to 30 minute break is recommended. For even more focus, you can download an offline version straight to your desktop.
OrganizationIn any business, organization is an important asset. Approximately one in four people want to work on improving their organization skills. In order to Insist on Innovation, you will need to first focus on organization.
Free some space on your desk by making a digital copy of any papers lying around. This scanner features one-touch buttons to make scanning a breeze.
Available for: iOS, Apple Watch, Mac
Cost: $9.99 for iOS version, $29.99
If you are a visual learner and want to map out your ideas, this app is for you. MindNode helps you visualize ideas based off a central topic. You can map out your thoughts through either an outline mode, or directly on screen. You can then save your “map” onto iCloud or your computer as an open format, text file, or image.
CollaborationIf you work with customers or employees in other regions, you understand how tough it can be to collaborate. Figuring out different schedules and finding the right spot to share ideas can be tough.
Allow your voice to be heard, no matter where you sit. This conference cam features wireless connectivity, which allows audio pairing from your mobile device.
Available for: iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac
Podio can help you and your teams keep track of tasks and assignments. Easily communicate with other members of your team by creating actions or leaving comments. Podio also allows you to customize your view in a variety of ways and works with other apps you might already use, like GoToMeeting, Dropbox, Excel and Evernote.
Time ManagementThis goes hand-in-hand with organization and collaboration. Working smarter, not harder can help you gain time to focus on important things. According to Fast Company, 70 percent of time at work is wasted in meetings or attending to an e-mail inbox.
Prevent data loss and additional down time recovering files. This back up tower features a 3-year warranty.
Available for: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Phone, All Major Internet Browsers
Cost: Free Version Available, $12/yr. for Premium, $24/user/yr. for Enterprise.
Remembering all of your passwords can be difficult. LastPass memorizes your passwords for each of your sites, allowing you to save valuable time. It also features a password generator tool to create a unique password for each site, and enterprise level service includes a variety of security features.
ExerciseYou might have seen a variety of articles about sitting all day being unhealthy. Adding a standing workstation your desk can be one solution, but how about actually walking during your workday? A study from Forbes shows that simply taking the stairs rather than an elevator and walking around your office can help improve your focus, productivity, and collaboration.
Want to move around while in a busy meeting? This wireless headset will work up to 350 feet away from your office phone.
Available for: iOS, Android, Kindle Fire
Cost: Free, Premium version available.
Choose from over 20 pre-built workouts or create your own. Whether you can dedicate a full hour, or only have 15 minutes, you can customize a workout that best fits your needs. Video trainers can show you how to do a specific exercise. You’ll also be able to sync your workouts directly to Apple’s Health App, Google Fit, or MyFitnessPal. The premium version features ad-free workouts and ask a trainer support.