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The Top Productivity Apps to Start Your Day

Apps, apps everywhere…

We are all in the digital age, now our plane tickets are on our phones, our notes are on our phone, our music is on out phone and we can even control our house with our phones! Given that we spend a lot of time (and money) on our phones, I think you will benefit from knowing a few snazzy little productivity apps that I have on my phone and that I have used in the past which can really help you be more productive and get more things done.

Headspace

What is it?

This may seem a little strange but hear me out. Headspace is a free meditation app. What I really like about it is the fact that it’s built for beginners to meditation like myself. I don’t know why but when someone mentioned meditating I had this idea in my mind of a monk at the top of a mountain. Needless to say I don’t think that was quite accurate, meditation can be done by anyone, in as little as a few minutes and it does not need to be a particularly spiritual and religious activity. Headspace has sessions aimed at people that never meditated before and they include a super soothing voice that walks you through the exercise, telling you what to do and when to do it.

How does it affect your productivity?

We are often concentrated on the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives and we never stop and relax. Meditation is a nice little practice that helps you learn to “do nothing”. This sounds way easier than it is. When I first tried meditating it was hard to try and not think about anything and clear your mind. After a few sessions I started feeling more energised afterwards ,ready to be productive and attack the day ahead of me!

Audible

What is it?

Audible is a subscription service that allows to access a huge library of audiobooks and podcasts. I started listening to audiobooks a few months ago through Audible’s trial period. I will say it now, not everyone is suited to audiobooks. People that easily get distracted may not fully take advantage of audiobooks and should perhaps stick to ones that are easier to follow rather than long, technical non-fiction books.

How does it affect your productivity?

Well this is quite straightforward. I have been able to transform dead commuting times into time spent learning new things by reading my favourite business books. I have also started using Audible while at the gym when I am hitting some weights, when I am on the treadmill or doing some other form of cardio.

Finimize

What is it?

Finimize was born as an e-mail newsletter and it has now created an app for the App Store. This app is great to get every weekday an overview of the financial news. Mainly built for people that want to get more financially savvy but don’t quite know where to start. Finimize helps you navigate the financial jungle.They are great at explaining quite complex financial events in a very simple and dummy-proof way. Whether you are an experience finance professional or someone that just wants to know what is going on around you, this app is fantastic. Built for young-adults, Finimize does not make you feel stupid, quite the opposite, it makes you really understand complex concepts and helps you become a bit smarter everyday!

How does it affect your productivity?

I consider Finimize one of my favourite productivity apps because it delivers key financial news in only a few minutes. It is a great read in the morning because by spending around 5 minutes on the app you get a rundown of what has been happening without spending hours reading more technical newspapers or websites and trying to figure out what they are trying to say.

Final words

So here they are… these are my 3 favourite productivity apps that I use a lot. Check them out and they might become a favourite of yours. I encourage you to explore many different apps, since we are not created equal and there might be things that I enjoy or care about that you don’t!

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2 thoughts on “The Top Productivity Apps to Start Your Day

  1. I personally love headspace and Audible, however I’ve never tried Finimize. I suppose it’s because financial news isn’t much my thing. Anyway, great ideas for apps 😀

  2. These apps sound great as a way of increasing productivity, thanks for sharing!! I personally find that headspace works best for me in an evening so that I can wind down and separate my work day from my chill time so that I’m more rested in the morning.
    Thanks for sharing!

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