5 Best Apps for Staying Focused and Getting More Done

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Source: iStock

If you usually find yourself wondering where the day has gone, you’re either doing too much, or you’re not performing tasks in the most efficient manner. When you’re focused on small items not directly related to the job at hand, the day has a way of getting away from you. Making the most of your time is essential if you want to get some quality work done during the day.

If you’re looking for a new way to get things done more efficiently, there’s an app for that. Whether you need to keep track of a growing to-do list, communicate with team members, or stay on top of emails, technology is here to help. Here are five apps that may make your life just a little easier.

 1. Any.do

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If you make a lot of to-do lists, this is the app for you. Any.do helps you organize personal tasks, work projects, and lists. Tasks and lists can be synced across all of your devices, whether you are online or not. Any.do also assists with team workflow by allowing users to see each other’s projects, add attachments, enter subtasks, and engage in conversations. The app is available for Android, Chrome, iPad, iPhone, Mac, and the web.

2. Evernote

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Evernote serves as a digital bookmark by collecting all of the online information you want to save. This handy app allows you to save web pages, pictures, PDF files, and more. You can also save notes and reminders. Evernote comes in three levels: basic, plus, and premium. The basic package, which is free of charge, allows you to save things you find on the web and has the ability to sync across phones and computers. The plus package ($24.99) offers more monthly uploads as well as additional options such as sending email, a passcode lock, and the ability to access notes even when you’re offline. The premium package ($49.99) features unlimited uploads, lets you to turn notes into presentations, and allows sharing and discussion.

3. LastPass

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Do you often lose valuable time looking for (or trying to remember) a laundry list of logins and passwords? Luckily, the LastPass app can help you keep tabs on passwords for all of your accounts. The app can be used for both password storage and password generation.

4. Mailbox

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If you’re drowning in email, Mailbox will take care of that for you. This app neatly organizes email so that you can read it at a set time. Emails can be archived and then returned to your inbox at a specific time so you can focus on messages that are more urgent. It’s as easy as swiping an email directly into your trash or archive. Some of the available time options include “later today,” “tomorrow,” “next week,” “in a month,” and “someday.”

 5. Pocket

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The Internet is full of interesting articles. However, there’s just not enough time in the day to read them all during your lunch break. That’s where the Pocket app comes in. This tiny helper lets you save articles, pictures, and videos in one place so that you can view them later. You have the option of saving from your web browser or from apps such as Twitter and Pulse.

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