Top 10 Productivity Hacks for Mobile
Here at Dolphin, we’re always looking for new productivity hacks and ways to get things done more efficiently — that’s why we’re constantly improving our browser to make your lives easier! Productivity has to be approached from all angles, and we can’t do it all alone, so we have compiled a list of some of our favorite time-saving and productivity-boosting apps to help you “hack” your way into greater results!
Keep takes a simple approach to task management. Think of it as a collection of easily categorized sticky notes. Store your thoughts, tasks, and even grocery lists all in one place. It’s free and syncs automatically between the desktop and Android or iOS apps.
If you work for a company with team members all over the world like we do, then strong communication is an absolute must. Email is great, but sometimes you need a quicker, more personal format for reaching out to team members. The world’s most productive teams all use some sort of instant messaging service. Here at Dolphin, we use Slack. You can set one up for any company in minutes. Each team member gets a screen name, and you can split up conversations by project, team, department, or really anything you can come up with! Slack is particularly useful on desktop, but the Android and iOS apps are great too! Set it up and you’ll have one of the most useful productivity hacks ever.
If you work in the digital world like us, then it will not surprise you to hear that WiFi is everything. Nowadays, with more and more people telecommuting, the coffee shop has become the new office. But finding a comfortable location with good atmosphere and coffee prices, only to find out that the signal is weak can be infuriating. That problem is easily solved with Ookla Speedtest. It’s super simple to use — just fire it up and hit the start button to find out where your current connection ranks. It will even test mobile data connections! Get it now on Google Play or at the App Store. There’s a desktop version too!
If you work on multiple projects, you most likely have many different types of files and could benefit from keeping everything in one place. For all your file organizational needs, look to the cloud management program Google Drive. You can store 15GB of literally any type of file, in any format, for free! This might seem like a simple productivity hack but it can make or break your projects. Need more space? You can easily increase your limit for as little as $1.99/month. Did we mention that you can install it on all of your devices to instantly access your files anytime, anywhere?
Ever feel like you have too many events on your calendars to possibly remember everything? Check out Sunrise. It links to all of your favorite apps — Google Calendar, Facebook, Wunderlist, FourSquare, Evernote — to put all of your meetings and events in one place. It’s easy to use, free, and looks beautiful. Get it for desktop, Android, or iPhone today!
Ever feel like you have too much to remember? Trust us, we feel you. That’s why whenever we need a little help remembering something, we turn to FollowUpThen — a simple to use reminder service. Basically, all you need to do is send an email with the time and date that you want to be reminded. FollowUpThen will get back to you at the time you request to jumpstart your memory and help make sure that nothing on your docket falls through the cracks. Check out the video tutorial here.
If your work is project based, email threads can get out of hand quick. If you’re looking for a project management tool, Asana is your best bet. It makes it easy to track your team’s progress and allows for the highest degree of collaboration — all in one smooth looking dashboard. Utilize Asana in your browser, or download the Android or iOS apps.
Working after hours? Sometimes it’s ok to work late. In fact, some people are their most productive at night. Still, we find it helpful not to send emails too late at night for various reasons — but when you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll, right? Boomerang is a Gmail add-on that let’s you schedule emails for whenever you want them to send. Night owls can especially appreciate this!
Your phone can be a helpful tool for getting work done, researching, etc., but it can be a source of many distractions as well. If you’re looking for a little help staying off your phone during the work day, check out Forest on Android or iOS. When you open the app, a tree begins to grow. At the end of thirty minutes, your tree is fully grown and goes into your forest collection. Grow a huge forest to visually see how much time you’ve saved by sticking to your tasks. Be careful, though! If you close the app too soon you’ll have a dead tree on your hands.
Any productive worker will tell you that step one in getting stuff done is to make a to-do list. Whether it’s digital or physical is up to you, but for the worker that wants a new kind of list, meet Carrot, the AI to-do list manager that rewards you for knocking tasks of your list! The downside? It doesn’t like lazy people, so it will penalize you if you aren’t getting enough of your work done. You can find it in the iOS App store.
We hope our list of productivity boosting apps helps you get things done more efficiently, with fewer distractions. We’re always trying to come up with new ways to streamline, and you should too. Now, go forth and create, connect, and show the world who’s boss!
P.S. Check out our blog for more productivity hacks and tips on how to use Dolphin Browser to explore your world.