Productivity Hacks: February 2020

Hunted’s Productivity Hacks series brings you the latest tech to upgrade your recruitment game.

And this month, we’ve got a selection of programs to streamline your working day, tools for focusing on your goals, and apps to get you into the most optimum headspace.

Working Smart

Slack – Instant chat for work. It seems almost ridiculous promoting Slack. Like you won’t have heard of it. They’re a multi-billion dollar juggernaut. But there’s a good reason for it. Quite simply I don’t know where Hunted would be without Slack. It’s unbelievable for worldwide interaction. I actually sigh when I get an internal email now, because everything about it is anti-business. It’s overly formal and takes ages to respond. If you’re not using Slack, you’re pouring time down the drain.

Time – See and show how you spend your time. This app could well be used for keeping track of your own time and improving your productivity outside the office. But it could also double up as a reporting tool. If you’re having trouble convincing your boss to loosen the reins, apps like this could make the difference. They’ll soon realise you actually W more FH, and they can think about downsizing the office. Time is your friend, use it properly.

Effortless – Working smart should be effortless, otherwise it’s working hard. If there’s one thing above all else which will stop presenteeism and allow remote working, it’s results. Proving you have the minerals to perform on your own, and not because someone’s throwing a stress ball at you. Effortless is a nice Mac app which will focus your mind. Simply set your goal, set a time limit, and attack.

#goals

Timpler – A powerful and simple Task Manager. There’s an awful lot to be said for writing down your daily goals. And most recruiters go for a paper day plan or To-Do List. Timpler is that, but offers you much more power. Its delightful design helps you better collect your thoughts throughout the day, organise tasks and schedule work for the future. To dos made simpler.

OKRs App – Manage your career goals in an app. OKRs are the new KPIs. In that it’s a name for you to call ‘targets and performance tracking’. Only the way you measure these makes a difference for how you attack them. And if you’re able to keep track of major goals on an app, you’ll be much more likely to hit them. Whether your personal goal is to buy a house, smash target, or just leave work on time, OKRs App could help you get there.

Less, the Drinking App – If you drink, drink responsibly. There’s no doubting a prolonged period of sobriety can help you focus. But if the thought of giving up completely leaves you shaky, this app might be a good makeweight. It’ll help you drink alcohol responsibly, all through the month, counting the number of booze-free days you have. Drink Less.

Boost Your Brain

The New Headspace – Train your mind for a healthier, happier life. Headspace was one of the first mainstream meditation apps to hit the market. Now they have millions of customers in over 190 countries. They offer everyone the basics for free and have meditations backed by science. Routines you can do anytime, anywhere. So, the moment you open an email titled ‘Counter Offer’ for example. Head space isn’t easy to come by in an open plan office. Headspace will change that.

MindFi – Meditate with open eyes, be productive. Alright, so if your Director catches you meditating, eyes closed, you might have trouble explaining it. But MindFi is an app which promises a fresh way for busy people to be mindful. They have convenient, personalised and measurable routines to help you stay focused and resilient, even when you’re in the office. Need to focus on a task? Work on self development? Just lose a bad mood? MindFi goes to 11.

Aura – 3 minute meditations, personalised by AI. Ever responded to an email on the spot and cringed when you read it back? Or handled a phone call in a totally off-hand manner? You’re not alone. Emotions can run havoc in a stressful environment, even for the steeliest of souls. So plan ahead and take some relief. Aura promises to take care of your emotions, help you get restful sleep and become the best you. Which means your career will benefit too. Get a better aura.

Anti-Hacks

When it comes to maintaining peak performance at work, switching off every now and again is just as important as hacking your productivity. So here are four things you can use to accompany the train home, the occasional ‘headphones-in’ lunch, or for any scheduled cries in the toilet.

How stuff works – The internet time waster that teaches. And this website will certainly waste your time, but you’re smarter by the end. You could even file this under ‘personal branding time’? Wanna know how to remove tree sap from a car? 7 facts about lovebirds? Or how Fibonacci numbers are expressed in nature? It’s all here.

Smithsonian – Learn history and peruse Tech stories in simple language. The Smithsonian is a group of museums and research centres which boasts an incredibly rich history within its walls. This site is the magazine or e-zine if you like, sharing interesting stories from the past and present. It’s been dubbed edutainment, and couldn’t be better for an afternoon of shirking. Improve your small talk.

Trebble fm – Daily shortcasts from your favourite sources. Apps like Trebble exist for people who have plenty they want to do, but . can’t ever find the time for. It lets you stay up to date with topics that get you going. But won’t take hours upon hours to digest. Got their early for a meeting? Shortcast your way to enlightenment.

Office Stare Machine – The perfect site to bookmark for when you need it. The American Office is one of those shows with universal acclaim. It’s been so widely viewed, using it online in your marketing or sent to colleagues will usually win you friends. You’ll quickly realise after clicking this link, you need it in your life. And that its applications are almost endless. Start your search with ‘awkward‘, you’re welcome.


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