Productivity Apps: What They Are and How They Can Benefit Your Workplace Teams.

Mobile applications have become a natural part of our everyday life in 2019.

With apps to plan the fastest route to work, track your fitness, and post your daily selfie game, why not apps to run your business?

Making the leap to connect your enterprise, no matter the sector, with an application may seem counterintuitive. After all, the common association with apps is the epic time-wasting social media sector. And while social media can prove a formidable force for your marketing strategies, social media also proves a distraction for many of us. I have been rather skeptical myself, preferring the ‘disconnected’ route. But what I didn’t realize is that between my email account, Facebook, and google docs, I was already more connected than I would’ve liked to admit all the while losing sacred amounts of time switching through platforms. Simply put, I’ve been wasting my time and therefore my money.

Working for a multi-national, multi-lingual writing collective means keeping in touch through pesky time-zones and the quickest exchange possible of ideas. I used to use a myriad of platforms: I used Google Docs or Pages for my drafts, Gmail for communication, and Facebook for leads. Looking back… it was a lot. An additional problem for my wandering mind was the social trap of Facebook. In an attempt to not get sucked into scrolling through my Facebook feed, I would avoid it altogether. This meant, naturally, that I would miss crucial writing opportunities. Discombobulated and spread out is not a strategic or efficient way to get things accomplished. Then we switched to Flock.

Dropbox was the closest thing to a productivity app I’ve ever used and let me tell you, that got messy quick. Efficiency is best served streamlined. In all honesty, Flock is perfectly suited for my line of work. I set alarms so I don’t miss any deadlines and I can scribble down content-related notes within the app without changing any tabs. It provides me quick communication through a simple messenger platform and it integrates seamlessly with my Google Docs account. Planning, editing, and sharing all on one easy-to-use app. Now that’s efficiency.

Be that as it may, I never said productivity applications are some type of magical potion that will somehow light a fire under your tushy. Learning how to get the most out of this technology is part of the process. Curious about how to get the most out of our newly implemented tool, I stumbled upon a useful article. It shed light on the concise behaviors of the most productive productivity-app users, their main point being: if you don’t use it, it won’t work. Seems logical, but I’m sure you too have downloaded an app only to never open again. Productivity apps work uniquely when you fuse them with your lifestyle. Personally, I’ve been implementing this useful checklist into my daily routine and applying it to the way I use the flexible Flock app and I can really attest to the difference in my overall output. Productivity apps don’t gift you the wonderful gift of productivity, they are rather tools to facilitate your pre-existing efficiency skills.

So how do you know it’s time to switch over to the virtual realm?

-Is your communication spread out over various platforms?
-Dream of a shared to-do list with your colleagues in real time?
-Is sharing content a vital practice in your trade?

You know the deal, but if you answered ‘yes’ to any of these fundamental questions, you should probably look into a productivity app. What better day to be a part of the future world of business than today?

Yet curious minds will wonder, and I couldn’t help but wonder what long-term effects, if any, would productivity apps have on the way business is run and/or will be run in the future? Lacking adequate information on this relatively new subject: the jury is divided. As the Guardian cited: “We just don’t have enough data over a long enough period of time to establish a definitive connection with workers’ productivity”. Yet there’s no denying our growing desire to squeeze more into one day as well as the liberty to be ‘in the office’ whilst out of it. Yet I offer you my humble opinion that productivity apps appear to be the only viable future for the modern on-the-go entrepreneur. Keen advice includes being aware of the size of your company with respect to the application you decide to use as well as the privacy conditions of said app. It is equally important to choose an application suitable for your line of work; there is no one-app-suits-all option. One thing is clear, we no longer possess the time nor the envy to pass our days locked in an office, losing precious time.

It’s 2019 and there’s no use fighting the almighty tug of technology. Technology can bring us together as much as it may seem to be pushing us apart. The freedom of your workspace in your pocket—on one app—is a feasible and a simple way to have a leg up on the competition. These apps, contrary to their social counterparts, are simply networking apps. And of course, a healthy network is central to any flourishing business. The age of spreading yourself thin has come to a much-needed end, my friends. As for tips and tidbits navigating the entrepreneurial universe and snippets of travel adventures, sign up to our blog. As for productivity? There’s an app for that.