The only way to find more quality time is by spending and wasting less time overall. But lack of organization, procrastination, and distractions like social media, often take away most of the time we want to save.
Thankfully, technology has allowed us to enjoy some tools which know exactly how not to let your time fall through the cracks.
You might have already tried some of these tools. And others might be waiting to become a part of your life so you can slay it. Have a look and let us know which of these stand out to you the most.
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Forest is a Pomodoro based app available on both Google play store and Apple’s app store.
The Pomodoro technique involves focusing on a task for a dedicated time – say, 25 minutes and then taking a short break of 5 minutes.
Freedom has an intuitive way of making you follow this technique. With every Pomodoro session you start, Freedom starts planting a tree. But if you leave your session midway, the tree dies. By doing this, the app triggers your emotional system and love for nature.
The reward is a forest when you have completed many sessions.
The Forest app helps you focus and saves all the time that you could waste due to distractions between the tasks.
To-do lists are a super-effective way of getting things done. But managing to-do lists on physical notebooks can be cumbersome.
Keeping track of what you need to do today, tomorrow, next week, and next month isn’t a piece of cake. Including the not-so-fun activities like cleaning, calling the electrician, making grandpa take his medicines, etc., can easily make things chaotic.
Not organizing these, plus, lacking clarity of what to do and when often takes away a lot of time. This is the time you can use as quality time for your mind, body, and soul. And Todoist is the app that will help you organize these.
Do you need to work in a noisy environment? Disturbing noises can take away the mental energy and ability to focus that you need for your work. Without these, a task that may take 10 minutes ends up taking 30 minutes.
If you let time vanish like this, it will be hard to find any quality time. But what to do if you have no other option than to cope with the noise?
The answer is to use tools like Mynoise.net. This free website brings you music that helps you be more productive. It also has music for quality sleep, meditation, etc., so that you can not only find more quality time but make the most of it when you have it.
Ever felt that time just flew away. We often don’t realize where we end up spending time.
We might think cooking takes 20 minutes, but it may take 40. We check Instagram for only 5 minutes only to realize 30 minutes have gone by just scrolling.
Such incidents keep us from believing that we can control and manage our time well.
Toggl is a time tracker application that will help you realize what’s happening to your time. All you have to do is enter the task you want to do. Start the timer and stop it when you finish.
At the end of the day, a glance at Toggl will tell you where you spent all your time. And also, what time is free for you to change into quality time for yourself and your family.
Do you know about the Kanban method? It is a simple workflow management method that helps teams keep track of projects. Even if you work alone, it can make your work life super easier while being flexible.
Trello uses Kanban boards with columns telling the status of your work. The primary columns can be TO DO, DOING, and DONE. All you need to do is add your task in the TO DO area. Shift it to Doing and then to Done when completed.
These columns can change depending on your work. If you are a writer, your work states can be Research, Writing, Editing, Proofreading, and Done.
Some people find it better than to-do lists because of the visual organization.
Overall, Trello, with its Kanban method, saves you a chunk of time by helping you manage your projects better.
Notion is an all in one workspace. It is a tool where you can store and view your files, notes, and information in the form of lists, tables, kanban boards, etc.
You can use Notion to store your favorite articles instead of using the Pocket app. It can handle tables, so you can use it instead of Google Sheets to maintain your budget and invoices. It also has the features of Trello. Use it as a text editor for notes etc. instead of Google Docs or Keep. Or make your own to-do list set up, project management, or habit tracking tool on it.
This all-in-one tool helps you organize everything in one place. When using it, you can save the time you would have spent understanding other tools instead and organizing your life with them.
Stayfocusd is a chrome extension that does not allow you to waste your time on useless activities. These can be things like reading the news or watching entertainment videos on Youtube during work hours.
You can add the websites you want to block and also put in the maximum time allowed on useless sites in a day. As your allowed time gets used, the app will block you out of those sites. Thus, saving you from procrastinating on the internet.
If you write a lot, you might already be using these tools for improving your content’s grammar and readability.
If you are not a writer, you should still use at least one of these. The tools will help you write better texts and emails to people – be it friends, family, bosses, or clients.
On top of that, as you keep using them, you will become better at grammar and other aspects of good writing.
As we grow, our email subscriptions grow too. But it’s not fun to spend some time daily to clear your inbox full of newsletters and promotions by different brands.
Tools like Unroll.me help you out with this. The app compiles your necessary newsletters in one mail so that you can just glance over them at once, without spending time opening each one.
Unroll.me also helps you unsubscribe from multiple emails quickly and clear the inbox clutter.
Personal branding is necessary these days, no matter who you are. And social media is the best way of creating a personal brand quickly.
But posting consistently on so many available social media platforms can drain you. Especially if you are not a fan of it. After all, social media can trigger comparison and lead to stress and depression.
Using a tool like Buffer to schedule your social media uploads is a great way to put off this stress. You don’t need to spend active time on social media daily. You can take one day of the week and work on your posts. Schedule them on different platforms through Buffer, and they will get uploaded automatically.
Those were 10 sassy productivity tools that ought to help you find some time for quality activities. These activities can be meditation, exercise, trips with your loved ones, cooking on your own, reading, and indulging in your hobbies.
It’s time to get rid of the excuse that you don’t have time for yourself and start using these tools to find that quality time.
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