5 Apps to Improve Productivity in the Workplace

Monday 7th January 2019

Many people fall behind with work because their productivity is not as good as it should be. Bad productivity could as a result of outdated tools or the lack of knowledge for a particular task! Here are 5 recommendations of desktop and mobile applications that can improve productivity within the workplace.

Trello

Trello is a virtual bulletin board to organise and list your ideas. It’s a great tool for collaborating on projects or organising to-do lists. You can add team members easily so that everyone can view the boards. Other features to this include:

  • categorise tasks using coloured labels
  • tagging members of the team to a specific task 
  • setting due dates

Whether you use it to layout the sprints of your project, or just a simple ‘to-do, doing and done’ board, it’s a really easy way to have both small and large teams communicate on progress.

Go to https://trello.com/ to find out more

Grammarly

You can’t use the internet and not have seen an advert for Grammarly at least once in your life. Whilst it went excessive on social media advertising, it’s a great tool to make sure that you don’t sound terrible when writing online content or emails. You can add the browser extension and will be able to assess your writing. Grammarly will let you know if you’re using spelling or grammatical errors.

Go to https://www.grammarly.com/ to find out more

Pocket

Not many people use browser bookmarks anymore to save their favourite websites because it gets too cluttered very quickly. I go over the internet every day looking for content and ideas to write about. However, some of the links that I find are often more suited to my taste, rather than for work. So, I started to use Pocket to save links for later, rather than searching keywords to ultimately fail at finding the original link.

Go to https://getpocket.com/ to find out more

Pixlr

Most people are using Photoshop or Lightroom to edit photos, which is definitely worthwhile if you need to fix a lot about a photo. However, there are two main limitations: knowledge and price.Pixlr is an online photo editor that is really simple to use in comparison if you don’t have the particular knowledge to use a large number of overwhelming tools. In comparison to many other photo editing software, it is by far the easiest to use with the largest amount of tools that will make noticeable differences to your photos.

The downfall is that when you save a template to reopen later, it will not save the editing history and layers. However, paying for either Pixlr Editor and Pixlr Pro will allow more professional tools and will allow you to import images from Photoshop or other Sketch apps.

Go to https://pixlr.com/editor/ to find out more

Screencastify

You’d be surprised how often you might want to screencast something from a website, presentation or tool to demonstrate. Screencastify is the simplest option that has a great free option and doesn’t have an invasive watermark like other screencasting tools.

Plans are free but include a watermark on the video. Otherwise, there are plans for individuals and to use in school for educational purposes which provide more benefits such as unlimited video length. Paying for a plan also removes the watermark.

Go to https://www.screencastify.com/ to find out more

 

What other app’s do you use that improve your productivity? Let us know!