Apple’s iPhone can really be a time sink with all of the addictive social media apps and video games, but there are also quite a few that are designed to help you spend your time better, be more efficient at managing your resources, and most of all be more productive in both your home life and at work.
1. Google Calander
This app is pretty well known, but it can be one of the best productivity apps to get for your iPhone. As you probably already know, Google Calander is an app for planning. You can plan out your day and have an organized layout of what you have to do during your day.
This is actually better than just writing down your to-do list in notes for several reasons! The main one is that you can time block in Google Calander. Time blocking is where you block out your days saying what tasks you do at what times. Instead of just writing a to-do list, where you do anything whenever you actually have to do something, as you put that you will do _____ at _____ time.
The final reason to mention this app is that it is easy to use and is a lot better than time-blocking on paper. First, it is easier to use this app than on paper. Instead of drawing out every block, you just type in the time, and task! The user base is a lot friendlier than some other apps. The reason it is better than paper, is that it is more customizable, more easily. You can change the color of the blocks and make design tweaks. You can add a location or link to each block which can be helpful! You can also set what time you want to get a notification reminding you to do the task. This app has been very helpful to me, so I hope it is helpful to you too.
2. Microsoft One Note
Although this app is better on an iPad or computer, it is still great on an iPhone. One Note is a note-taking app. It’s great if you need to write down a quick note or draw a quick diagram. I sometimes use this to take down a quick note when I need to remember something, as I don’t carry my iPad and laptop with me everywhere.
In this app, you can have different notebooks and folders. A different notebook for every topic you want to write down things on. Then you can have additional folders inside. Then inside of those folders, you can have notes. As it is made by Microsoft, you can see your notes on all of your devices. For example, let’s say you write down notes for a class on your iPad. Then randomly you want to look over them but you only have your phone. You can open your phone and they will transfer to the other device.
As well as this there are sticky notes in the app. This is where you can just write down a quick thing you want right there to remember. There is a separate section in the app where you can just write something and it will be there looking like it’s on a sticky note. This can be pretty helpful if you need to remember something quick like a number or word.
Plantie is a very basic app, but I still like and use it a lot. To get straight to what it is, plantie is just a timer. Well, not just a timer. It’s a better timer.
First, when you set a timer you start the cycle of a digital tree growing. The less time left on the timer, the more the tree grows. When you finish a timer you get coins. These coins can go towards buying different trees, so when you start a time you can grow a different tree.
As well as this, there are stats on the app. These show how many tasks you completed in a day, and how long you worked for. There is also sometimes a notification when you are going on your phone when you are supposed to be doing a task. This is also very helpful!