Productivity Apps

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What apps do you use for work? Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Slack? These are just some of the many apps on the market today that aim to help improve productivity and efficiency in the workplace.

Recently we tried out a new app called Google Primer. It aims to help you with your business- questions from the first lesson include: “How can maintaining a good work-life balance help my business?” “What steps can I take to help me and my team maintain a healthy work-life balance?”

A series of short quizzes help cement the information the user learns within the app. While they don’t cite their sources, the lesson results convey a powerful message: “Studies show that using a smartphone for work after 9pm lowers sleep quantity and quality, which can lead to people feeling less refreshed in the morning and less engaged at work. Researchers have also found that people who spend time outside of work focusing on non-work skills and abilities are happier and less stressed.”

We reached out to local business owners to get their feedback on productivity apps, and had a chance to sit down with the owner of Fixed Computing. He uses Slack on a daily basis to coordinate and organize his operations in an effective manner. He told us: “Slack lets you integrate various apps within the service that promote productivity, like calendar integration, email integration, social media integration, etc.  It’s been a game-changer for us.”

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