On this blog, we talk a lot about using “stolen” moments to maximize your productivity throughout the day. Stolen moments are those moments that you have in between meetings or waiting on conference calls to start. It’s extra time where you have nothing going on but waiting. Most people use it to skim their personal Facebook feed, which while enjoyable, is hardly going to help you be more productive. Instead, you want to use this time to catch up on reading, return business texts, engage on social media, skim a favorite blog post, or create visual content.
In order to do these things and maximize your time, you need several kinds of apps on your phone. Most likely you already use the desktop versions so I won’t give specifics about the apps, just the types that will help you be most productive.
Types of Productivity Apps You Need on Your Smartphone
A scheduler not only allows you to schedule posts–which is helpful–but having one on your phone also gives you quick access to multiple social media profiles without having to log in and out of several. When you only have a few minutes you don’t want to spend them logging into several different accounts.
Popular ones include: Hootsuite and Buffer
Image Quote Creator/Photo Editor
If you’re taking pictures on your phone, it only makes sense to also have an app that can help you take those images and transform them into valuable content for your audience.
Popular ones include: Canva and Pixlr.
This type of app will ensure all of your favorite blog posts or articles are located in one central location. Most of them allow you to pick keywords you’re interested in. Again, when time is at a premium you don’t want to spend any of it opening up tabs and looking for good content. With a content aggregator, posts from all sorts of different places on the Interwebs are delivered to you in one place and some even let you read them offline.
Popular ones include: Feedly and NewsBlur.
A Swipe File-Type App
Capture all of that important information and brilliant ideas that come to you as you wait. Always have a project and keep your info at your fingertips.
Popular ones include: Evernote and DropBox
To-Do List App
Stolen moments are only as valuable as your ability to find what you need to fill the moments you have. How often do you find yourself asking–what was I going to do? With a to-do list app, it’s all right there.
Popular ones include: Remember the Milk and Wunderlist