Adjustable timer apps you can use to be more productive

Do you struggle to stay focused and productive? Read on to know how these Pomodoro Technique-inspired, adjustable 25-minute timer apps can help you.

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Adjustable timer apps you can use to be more productive

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Key quotes:

  • "However, we can seek out tools and build habits that will help us stay focused and do the best work we can every day."
  • "On this list, you’ll find more than a dozen tools that have helped the Product Hunt community stay energized and productive—in spite of the crazy number of distractions we all face day-to-day."
  • "Escape is a simple app that tracks how many times you open your email, a social network, or other distracting websites."
  • "The promise: Use this app for 10 minutes a day, and your brain will literally change, reshaping itself to become more focused, creative, and generally happier."
  • "This is like an ultimate to-do list app, making it easy to track your time, rearrange your tasks throughout the day, and see how you’re spending your most valuable resource over the long-run."
  • "This easy-to-use app that will help you stay focused if you find yourself frequently distracted by social media and web browsing."
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Transcript: Hi this is Joanne with Broadcast Sunny. I like to bring you any great tips to keep you motivated and productive in your dreams. This is the Productivity Challenge Timer app I am not getting paid for this review. They probably don't even know I'm doing it. I will show you the functionality first, then the pros and cons. If you want to skip to a certain section go to the description box on the YouTube page and you can click on a different sections of this video. So, let's start with functionality. I will start with projects as you can see I have four projects laid out for the free version. They only give you four projects if you click on add, it will tell you if you go pro you can get 999 projects. I will probably go pro because I'm really enjoying this app. it's a last I saw the taping of this which is December 2016 it was five bucks who I if you click on a project this is the screen you get when you add a project you basically can add a name you can set a default session the default session when you... See more →

Transcript: Hello everyone and welcome back to my channel today I'm going to be sharing with you my 10 favorite apps for studying and productivity and before I start this video I would just like to say that this video is not sponsored by or in collaboration with any of the apps mentioned these are just my personal favorites that I really think that you guys might like - the first app is Quizlet and Quizlet is an app for flashcards you can make your own flashcards or you can use study sets that other people have made you can sort your own study sets into both classes and folders and you can test yourself in a variety of ways there are two things about the app that I especially like the first is that you can also use Quizlet on your computer and it synchronizes with the app and the second thing is that you can set a date for when you'll be having a test in a particular topic and then Quizlet will provide you with a learning program so that you know everything by the time you're having the test the next app is forest which is a... See more →

Key quotes:

  • "For best results, make sure you get moving and receive sunshine in the morning, drink lots of water, be mindful of your posture, break a sweat every day, and reserve time for recovery in the evening."
  • "However, despite its usefulness, the habit of time tracking is traditionally difficult to maintain."
  • "Reading on a phone is a terrible experience and iPads can be very distracting with internet connectivity and other apps… single-use devices are usually best."
  • "With relatively minimal effort, I transfer credit card points to airline partners to pay for all of my international flights using miles, saving myself thousands of dollars per year and occasionally getting upgrades to first class."
  • "You can preschedule blocking of websites, apps, and even the entire internet for certain times of the day."
  • "This extension allows you to save a group of tabs open for easy future access, freeing up RAM and allowing a clean slate the next time you open your browser."
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Key quotes:

  • "More specifically — what tools are available today to help employees create happier work-lives? I asked a bunch of business leaders their thoughts and here are the best and most useful apps & tools they recommended: Slack “One of the biggest positive shifts we’ve had in our workplace culture was the introduction of Slack for Teams."
  • "Having Slack as a standard accepted communication method also gives more options to those that suffer from the increasingly common ‘telephone anxiety’ with staff being able to message to a particular channel if they are unwell.” — Mark Cook, ApplinSkinner Wunderlist “My number one productivity tool that improves my happiness at work is Wunderlist, an app that allows you to create multiple to do lists."
  • "Since this app lives on both my phone and desktop, I can add items to my lists wherever I am."
  • "And it’s offline feature makes it even better.” — Brian Condenanza, Fluo Shoes Freedom “The Freedom app is also great way to increase workplace happiness."
  • "I found that being happy at work really helped improve my productivity and increase the workplace morale."
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Key quotes:

  • "You know the procrastination impulse that comes just before we start working on a hard task? Price: $1.99| Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Chrome Forest is an app that helps you fend off procrastination impulses and stay on track despite the difficulty."
  • "It works much like a pomodoro timer: You set the duration for focused work and hit start."
  • "If you break your focus by opening another app or a procrastination website while the timer is running, your tree will die."
  • "If you use the app in Chrome, it will distinguish between procrastination and real work by using a website blacklist."
  • "However, it’s important to recognize if the need for a break is real or just another procrastination impulse."
  • "If you want to replenish your willpower, the break can’t be a procrastination activity like watching YouTube."
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Key quotes:

  • "Here’s what researchers have discovered about background noise, and the most popular apps to generate all types of ambient noise to help you be more productive."
  • "Price: Free Best for: Background sounds that match your mental state Brain.fm wants to help you get in the right state of mind Brain.fm offers a unique take on background ambient noise."
  • "Price: Free for three audio tracks; $9/year for additional audio tracks Best for: Finding or creating a variety of soundscapes myNoise’s sound generator lets you adjust the background noise to your taste myNoise doesn’t have the prettiest interface, but what it lacks in aesthetic appeal it makes up in features."
  • "Price: Free with 6 starter tracks; additional tracks from $0.99 each Best for: Versatile background sound generation Mix sounds to create your perfect environment with Noisli Noisli allows you to become an ambient noise DJ, mixing and matching sounds to your heart’s delight."
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