5 productivity tools to get more done in 2021

Here in another list series, I give you the 5 must have apps to organize your day and help you be more productive.

1.NOTION

An absolute favorite is Notion , an all-in-one workspace that can be used for literally anything.

Write notes, keep track of assignments or even your workout routine for the week.

It has different templates you can download online along with features such as tables, Kanban boards and lists.

I love notion for its simplicity and how it works for just about everyone in all different work ethics.

Hands down this is my all-time fav.

2.TODOIST

A very handy app to jot down tasks on the go and seamlessly syncs to all your devices.

2 things I love about the app –

The todoist phone widget feature which allows me to dot down tasks even from my home screen

And I can add sections in my inbox or even create projects to keep track of tasks in different categories like school, assignments, household chores etc.

3.GOOGLE CALENDAR

The all-in-one calendar that is perfect for managing your events no matter how small or big. I use this as my Master planning board. It’s perfect for tracking assignments, deadlines, classes, workshops, webinars and even habit tracking.

CHECKER PLUS FOR GOOGLE CALENDER

This app has both a paid and free version.

The app has a very nifty purpose – for all your google calendar events it sends you a pop-up notification with a bell sound at the time it has been set to.

Works like a charm and notifies me of events when my calendar isn’t open.

4.GOOGLE KEEP

This is a quick notes app I use, specially since I never have any pen and paper on me. This is app is perfect for jotting thoughts and ideas on the go.

5.POCKET

This is a google extension that I use to store all my research or articles .

I use this as my reading list for articles, websites and videos I want to come back to later.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

Perfectionism is destroying your productivity-Thomas Frank

I really enjoyed watching this video and I gained a few insights to incorporate into my daily functioning.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Do let me know what you would like to read next.

Comment below and share your thoughts !

Till next time

Ishita

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DO YOU HAVE PRODUCTIVITY GUILT ? Reading time -4 minutes

Ever feel guilty of not having accomplished anything

Although it is only 6 pm

And you just finished 7 out of 10 things on your to do list

and you have a sprained wrist 

and you just came home from running a marathon

If this kinda sounds like you ,then You have the case of Productivity guilt.

WHAT IS PRODUCTIVITY GUILT ?

You are the kind of person that wants to get a million things  accomplished in a day and will try to do so .But if you just sat down to relax for an hour ,you feel very guilty about doing so.So guilty that you start self hating.

The key word here is wasted 

Any time spent not doing work that you have planned or in your terms work that is labelled as  ‘ PRODUCTIVE ‘is time wasted.Giving you the case of productivity guilt .Where  you become very self critical of yourself for not doing enough.

There is always a little voice in the back of your head that says you are not doing enough and you will end up regretting not utilizing this time.

You tend to forget all the other tasks or goals you have accomplished and focus on the ones left .

It does have an upside though.

Productivity guilt ridden people are almost like productivity machines.they work harder,do well in life and always have a clear list of goals.

As I am writing this blog I have a to do list that is  running in my head 

Workout,read 10 pages of book,finish school project ,write blogs more often e ,mediate ,finish painting ,finish  psychology chapter ,print research papers,call grandma , 

And the list NEVER ends

WHY DOES IT HAPPEN ?

  • This is  usually brought upon due to the fear of failure or  because you are an over ambitious person.Or both
  • Or it is because you have been brainwashed by productivity gurus that say that you’re wasting the most productive time of your life by not waking up at  4 am 
  • You have this constant need of people assuring you that you are doing more than enough
  • Or if your mom walks into the room and asks how you have so much free time left (although everything is done )

Because all four  ring true for me

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT

  •   Carry a little of your work with you. Start using half your free time to do your work and the other half to just have fun.
  • Do not WRITE your list of things to do for that day but menatlly remember it .out of sight out of mind.
  • Another trick that works well for me.Go find a friend or family member and recite all the lists of tasks you have done for the day in detail.You will then be self convinced that you have done enough.
  • Just remember that you are ALWAYS doing enough even when you don’t feel so.Every human being has a point where a burnout is reached. Just soak in the moment.