Nearly all business owners will tell you that their most valuable resource is time, and it is often the most limited resource as well. To be successful, you need to be a master of time management. These apps can help by ensuring you are making the best of this important resource to stay on time, on task, and on track.
Be On Time with Leave Now
We are all busy, sometimes so busy that we don’t have time to keep track of all of our appointments. That’s where Leave Now comes in.
Leave Now is much more than a simple day planner; it’s a personal calendar assistant devoted to keeping you on time. How does it do this? It displays a reminder on your home screen when it is time for you to leave for your next appointment. Using the built-in GPS on your phone or tablet, Leave Now calculates how much time you need to get to your meeting based on traffic and your chosen mode of transportation. And for those keeners out there, you can even choose how early you would like to arrive at the appointment. Unfortunately, no matter how well we plan, sometimes being late is unavoidable. In these rare cases, Leave Now still has you covered by sending automatic notices to your meeting contacts that you are running behind along with an estimate of when you should arrive.
Leave Now is free. Available only for iOS. Download at iTunes App Store.
Don’t have an iPhone? Check out Bounce for Android.
Keep On Task with Focus Keeper
We are multitaskers with millions of ideas and to-dos running through our head at every minute of the day. As a result, it has become difficult for us to focus on a single task without being easily distracted by an incoming email message, scrolling news item, or new Twitter post. Using the Pomodoro Technique, Focus Keeper helps keep your productivity level high.
The basic concept behind the Pomodoro Technique is to work on a single task for a set time of 25 minutes followed by a 5-minute break, with a longer break after 4 sessions. Focus Keeper works as an advanced timer, automatically starting each session and break interval after the previous time has elapsed. Not only will you be able to boost your productivity level, but you will become adept at estimating the time you spend on projects and tasks, allowing you to provide more accurate quotes to your clients for hourly based work. Focus Keeper also helps you keep track of your productivity levels using the built-in charts.
Focus Keeper is available free or in a pro version with customizable features for $2.79 CAD. Only for iOS. Download at iTunes App Store.
Don’t have an iPhone? Check out Clear Focus for Android.
Stay On Track with GoalsOnTrack
We all have goals, both personal and business, but are the tasks we undertake daily serving to achieve those goals? GoalsOnTrack can help us not only record our goals, but also track our actions to help us achieve them faster and more efficiently.
GoalsOnTrack has goal templates and forms available to guide you through setting S.M.A.R.T. goals (specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, time-bound). Once your overall goals are set, the app helps you break them down into manageable sub-goals with an action plan and tasks that are organized and easily trackable. In many cases, attaining goals involves more than performing focused tasks, but can involve lifestyle and process changes. The habit tracker enables you to set up habits to reach your goals faster and creates a checklist to ensure these new habits are being strengthened through repetition and diligence. Checklists and trackers are not for everybody, so for those who prefer to visualize their goals and progress there is a built-in goal journal and access to the vision board feature available in the GoalsOnTrack online counterpart.
GoalsOnTrack is available free, but requires membership through the GoalsOnTrack website, at a cost of $68 per year (includes a 30-day money-back guarantee). Available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows.