How To Increase Productivity In The Workplace
Companies and businesses around the world are constantly thinking about how to focus their team and how to reach their fullest productivity, at least they should be. There are so many ways you can get your team to work harder and more proficiently like perhaps yelling at them to do so. JUST KIDDING! Yelling is among the worst ways to get your workers to do a better job. This is called the “fight-or-flight method,” a study done by psychologists for many decades, has shown that this method will make the person that senses danger be able to fight better however they will stop thinking. This method works well if you want to scare your employees away or make them turn into Mike Tyson, but doesn’t help with productivity.
Productivity Apps Show Promise
If you really want your employees to work their hardest and become dedicated to every single task, productivity apps may show promise. We live in a very technological age and many people carry around smart phones. This can turn into something great for your company. If you go to your app store and search “productivity,” there are endless amounts of apps you can find to help better your productivity levels. Even though there are many, I wanted to figure out which ones are the best and what they can do for a company. All of the apps i have chosen show they can be strongly effective in different areas of productivity.
This app from Binary Hammer can be used on both the iPhone and the iPad. If you’re a major procrastinator and you know it, this app was made for you. 30/30 is effortless to use and understand. When you first open the app you will be greeted by a clock counting down the time it should take you to finish your next task. You can apply as many tasks as you need to and select the time you want to complete them in. Once you decide and finalize your tasks, it’s time to lock them in and press the “Go” button. This app will get your heart racing and wanting to beat the clock, and in turn finish work.
Use this app for absolutely any task in the workplace, maybe returning customer phone calls, or finishing a blog post. No matter what the task is, this app will push you to get it done. Just by selecting your tasks and setting a time, gives you enough pressure to want to get it done. What you thought was a long time will turn into not enough if you lose focus. 30/30 makes you not only work faster, but makes you realize how precious time is and to learn how to get things done without falling into those endless distractions. If you want to stop procrastinating and get daily tasks done with proficiency, this app will force you to be productive. Another plus with this app, it’s FREE! This means all of your employees can use this app and have no excuses.
The reason this app stood out to me was the overall engaging layout and the flexibility users have with manipulating time for tasks. There are so many options for customization and that is the part I loved. When creating a new task you can label it, color the label, and set an icon to it. This allows the user to easily differentiate and understand what he or she needs to do now, what is coming up, and also provides a more personal experience.
- Huddle App
Huddle lets users create their own content, provide notes, and share them. This is great for companies to have because being able to share viable information instantly, no matter where you are is a necessity. Many note taking and sharing apps require you to go outside of the app, not Huddle. They capture the essence of productivity by allowing the user to stay within the app. They wanted to give the user an outlet to really become productive and not be susceptible to outside app distractions, making the app stray away from being productive. This app is available on both iOS and Android apps, users can also download the app onto a desktop. If you have or run a company being able to access an app on various mediums is a plus.
Huddle lets users post comments within the document, it also shows who has viewed the document and when they did. What makes Huddle extremely functional is its capability to integrate with many other applications such as Tibbr, Photoshop, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint. Keep you up-to-date within your network and be able to view new documents and files as they are submitted. The reason I thought this app was better than the rest was its ability to allow users to stay within the app along with being able to use it with many programs. Huddle also creates personal notifications so you know exactly when something is associated with you, so you can respond quicker. Huddle also comes with an agenda, this means you can stay current with your daily tasks and never miss a beat.
The reason I loved this app is because it’s different and in any company you will have employees that think different. If your company has designers and artist they might want to actually draw things out and not type. This app provides more productivity for those who think creatively and need to take notes or jot down ideas.
With Inkflow you can rearrange your ideas and notes to however you need them or prefer. This app truly feels like you’re using a pen and paper but with a modern twist. Inkflow lets you draw seamlessly without any glitches. Users can have the freedom to re-size the images using a selection tool. What is really neat about this is normally when you re-size an image you lose quality, with Inkflow you’re able to transform the sizing of images and still obtain crisp and clear quality. Users are able to re-size in any way and don’t have to worry about losing quality or clarity along the way. You can also send emails of your notes so they can be seen by other employees. The app allows you to zoom in and zoom out to change and edit details. This app is for the creative minds and makes it effortless to share with other employees.
- Wunderlist App
This app is also focused on time-management and productivity. Wunderlist sets itself apart from the rest because its beautiful structure and functionality. This app can be used for work or outside the office as well. Set due dates, assign due dates, and reminders. You will always get reminded when a deadline is approaching, so you never are late or miss an important task.
Wunderlist also allows you to work with other employees, and permits everyone to have access and be able to work on projects together by looking at documents and commenting. If your company is looking to grow as a team and get projects done faster this app will allow you to do so. You can use this app on many devices including, Windows 8, Mac OS X, Android, iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad, Android Tablet, Chromebook and more. You will have more access than ever before. Having many choices was the main reason this app stood out to me along with app structure. Set reminders, look at group folders, communicate with employees, have access from anywhere, and allow all employees to keep up with tough schedules by creating notifications. This app is jammed packed with features and will offer your company the ability to gain a stronger connection and stay on track.
This last app is perfect for the organization aspect of your company, because in order to be productive you must be organized. DropBox is an app that keeps documents and files all in one place and allows groups to be created so they can all view and add files. Do you carry a USB or hard drive? Well, thanks to DropBox you don’t have to anymore. Anything that you copy into DropBox is instantly uploaded online and saved. So, if you’re using your iPhone you can view it and if you switch over to your iPad you can view it. No matter where you are you can view your documents and start working on it.
This app is highly useful and is extremely clear and easy to understand. You can use DropBox to upload your photo stream, share documents, share images, delete or move files, and edit from wherever you may be.
These apps are the perfect way to get your employees engaged and also doing more work, faster. In this day and age it’s all about technology and when companies imply that into the workplace, it might just make all the difference. Remember for all of your business printing needs choose Overnight Prints for the ultimate printing experience.