5 apps to improve your productivity in 2017

5 apps to boost your productivity in 2017

Written on January 10, 2017 at 12:34 PM By Emily Gam

Is 2017 the year you’re finally going to get on top of your emails, build that deck and just generally be more productive?

Staying productive can seem like an easy task at the beginning of the year, when the workload is lighter and you start back with a clean slate. However as the emails start piling up and deadlines loom, it’s easy to revert back to the stressed out version of yourself that would make even the most experienced yoga instructor pull out their hair.

If your New Year’s resolution is to be more productive, check out these 5 productivity boosting apps.

  1. IFTTT

IFTTT stands for ‘if this then that’ and works by creating simple conditional statements, which means a certain action triggers another action. For example when you arrive at work your phone switches to silent mode.

You can create all different ‘recipes’ depending on what apps and services you use, anything from updating a spreadsheet when you enter a new phone contact to delaying automatic watering in your garden depending on the forecast.

  1. Audible

It can be hard to find time for yourself and a common New Year’s resolution is to read more. Audible allows you to listen to the latest and greatest books on demand, so you can listen while you’re at the gym or commuting.

  1. 1Password

Do you have so many different passwords that logging into something feels like memory testing? 1Password remembers all your passwords so you only need to remember one. It will also generate strong and unique passwords for you to use and save them securely.

This is a great app if you’re constantly forgetting passwords and wasting time resetting and creating them again.

  1. Skype for Business

Skype for Business is basically a supercharged upgrade from the free version of Skype. It allows you to conduct online meetings, set your status (busy, available etc), sync with Outlook, manage your employee accounts and features, and much more.

The Skype for Business app allows you to do all this from your phone or tablet, meaning you don’t have to be tied to your desk for that conference call.

  1. Microsoft Remote Desktop Client

This app from Microsoft allows you to connect to a remote PC (remote desktop server) so you can access it from anywhere. You can read more about remote and terminal servers in one of our earlier blog posts.

If your business uses a Cloud Platform you can access all your company files and data from anywhere with an internet connection as everything is stored securely in the Cloud.

This app should also be accessed via VPN so speak to your IT provider to help set it up.

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