By Celine Nugroho
Spend hours each day on your smartphone? You’re not alone. A report published by DataReportal in January 2022 showed that the average global daily Internet screen time racks up to about 7 hours per day and that 92% of users access it through their mobile devices. As smartphones become an integral part of our lifestyles, they have undoubtedly redefined our day-to-day lives — including how we become productive.
Nowadays, our smartphones are a multidimensional tool: an alarm clock, GPS, calendar, and much more all in one. This handy functionality led us to involving these gadgets in our daily work, inevitably causing smartphones to play a significant role in defining productivity. Real-time communication is made possible with messaging platforms. The internet’s broader geographic availability via smartphones has enabled more remote work opportunities, which has increased employee availability. And improvements in smartphone technology have only continued to grow, meaning users are able to do more on their phones than ever before.
Smartphones can also hinder productivity. Users tend to waste a lot of time by falling into the trap of endless scrolling on social media sites designed to capture their attention. To combat this, people have turned to productivity apps: software programs that help boost personal productivity.
From digital notes to gamified time management, here are some productivity apps that can help you re-route and get the job done.
Another option is Google Calendar, an e-calendar under Google Workspace, Google’s array of software and products designed to boost productivity. This app smoothly integrates into widely used Google services such as Drive, Gmail, and Meet, allowing for cross-platform efficiency. Event scheduling with others is as simple as that — calendars can be shared and layered within a single combined view to prevent time conflicts.
Habit Building: Habit - Daily Tracker
Building a habit takes effort, time, and repetition. Habit - Daily Tracker encourages you to develop habits with a clean and colourful interface. The app operates on a to-do list system: every finished goal contributes to a progress report, which displays statistical data such as success rates and graphs. Having been recognised in Apple’s “App of the Day” showcase in over 120 countries, there is no doubt that Habit - Daily Tracker has been a great help for many people.
Skill Developing: Duolingo
Productivity can also mean developing new skills, which can now be accomplished through apps like Duolingo. Duolingo is an educational app which utilises interactive methods to help you pick up another language. Offering over 100 courses in 41 languages, the app teaches you basic vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation through challenges, short stories, and more. By only spending a few minutes a day on Duolingo, you are one step closer to being multilingual.
Time Management: Yeolpumta
Why is time passing by so slowly? This is a problem often encountered by those struggling with time management: activities like studying can be boring and oh-so-tempting to ditch after some amount of time. South Korean developer Baek Un-cheon sought out to provide a solution through his app Yeolpumta, which tracks the time you spend studying with a touch of gamification.
Tried out any of the apps mentioned? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or @Scientista_Talk!
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