Technology can be a big boost or distraction to our productivity. I use my iPhone every day to help boost my productivity. Especially as an entrepreneur, where I am the boss, I have had to find hacks for keeping myself on track and accountable. Here are what I have found to be the best iPhone apps for productivity for entrepreneurs. I've included affiliate links to the apps and related products to make them just a little easier to find.
I'm not huge on to-do lists. They work amazingly for other people's productivity and time management.
However, I mostly use it to just keep track of a few things I might forget otherwise. But the coolest part of Wunderlist is that you can invite others to join your lists. So, my husband and I share our lists so we can make sure the other knows to grab milk while they're out.
This saves us a lot of extra trips to the store, which gives me more time to get some work done. When you work from home as most entrepreneurs do, your home life impacts your productivity.
The one method I gravitate towards for productivity with the Getting Things Done (GTD) method. To learn how to use Wunderlist for the this method, you can check out this article I found, giving you a thorough outline.
Do you have a tough time staying focused while working? Your mind wanders? You get bored? You can't stay on task? Me too!
30/30 is a game changer when it comes to staying on task.
Have you heard of the Pomodoro technique? The basics are this. You set a timer for about 30 minutes and work. No distractions. No losing focus. Just staying on task. After that 30 minutes you take a break.
For me, knowing I have a break coming up helps me stay on task and not lose focus.
30/30 takes it to the next level by letting you set up workflows. For me, I do some meditation, review my goals, then tackle the "big rocks" or big projects I have to work on, then a do a little yoga for a break.
This app doesn't just help me be more productive, but it also makes it much more enjoyable!
What causes use to be unproductive? Usually it's distractions and lack of focus. How do we quiet down the mind so we can concentrate on the work at hand? Meditation.
I have used meditation for everything from quitting smoking to quelling anxiety to getting super focused in my business. And guess what? It works!
Headspace is a great app for newbie meditators to get their feet wet. Andy literally holds your hand and walks you through the process. I especially love the Take 10 (pictured here). It's 10 days of intro meditations with cute little animations to help teach you the concepts behind meditation.
I high recommend giving this a try, and if you don't want to take my word on it, check out this study on how meditation increases productivity.
This one actually requires a little extra gear. Leaf is the app connected to the Bellabeat Leaf. It's a very stylish tool that tracks your sleep and steps as a bracelet, necklace, or clipped to your body. Like a FitBit but much cuter.
I wear one everyday and love that I can not only track my sleep, exercise, and menstrual cycle, but I can also do guided meditations inside the app. Then Leaf will take all of those stats and give me a stress score, which is like a snap shot of how prone to stress I am that day.
We talked above about meditation, but exercise and sleep are vital to productivity. Our brains and our bodies need the best possible care to perform at our highest potential. Leaf helps track that so you can stay on top of your game.
Ok technically this isn't an app, it's an album. But I've found that listening to music is so helpful in calming my mind and helping me block out all the external noise going on so I can focus.
It's kind of funny because I did a little research into this, and science actually says you are LESS productive when you listen to music while working. Though you are probably having more fun and enjoying the experience more, leading you to FEEL more productive.
So take this one with a grain of salt I guess, but as I write this I'm listening to a Mozart album.
If you want to know more about this topic: Here's an article on the neuroscience of listening to music while working.
This may be my favorite app right now.
Are you ever away from your computer and you are inspired to share a thought or quote? I've tried quite a few different apps to create photo/quote/memes but I've found Wordswag to be by far the easiest!
One thing I love about it is that even if you aren't sure what you want to share they have preloaded quotes you can share! They are sorted by topic so you don't even have to do any additional research or copy and pasting to get a quick graphic out to your followers.
They also have stock images and backgrounds inside of the app for you to use.
It couldn't be more simple, and the images end up looking totally gorgeous.
90% of what I've learned about productivity has come from books. My favorite way to consume books as a busy mom and entrepreneur is through audiobooks.
I've been an Audible listener for going on a decade.
They have almost literally every book out there: personal development, business, fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, the classics, and the list goes on and on.
This particular app is helpful for me, not just as an avenue for learning, but also place I go to unwind.
Somedays I've just had enough of business, enough of parenting, enough of social media. So, I hop into audible and listen to Harry Potter or Game of Thrones, and my cares and worries go right out the window as I'm transported to a different world.
Ok, what is this doing here? Well... I'm a work at home mom.
I would be totally lying to you if I didn't admit this is probably my biggest secret weapon for productivity.
While I don't love the idea of the iPhone babysitting my kid, sometimes you just have to get it done.
When I just need another 30 minutes to get a blog post done, or update my website, I just hand my phone over to my 2-year-old and I get my time.
Is this the most stellar parenting ever? Probably not. But all my parents out there know, sometimes you do what ya gotta do.
I would love to know from you, what are your favorite apps for productivity? Or any tips and tricks you have for being your most productive self? Shoot me a tweet at twitter.com/morganbattista.