If I were to describe myself in two ways, it would be a phone-lover and an organisation queen. Thus, organisation/productivity apps are my jam. I’ve tried to be Pinterest-worthy in the past and have a bullet journal or even just your run-of-the-mill year diary, but I always go back to my trusty e-calendar.

On the other hand, I don’t like having too many productivity apps because otherwise, you’re spending most of your time keeping your apps up to date and less time focusing on getting shit done.

For that reason, I only have three apps to share, but all of them have seriously improved my productivity and organisation – for the better.

Google Calendar

“Wow Amy, so indie, I’ve never heard of Google Calendar before, please tell us more!”

Alright sarcastic alter-ego, calm down. I’ve tried other calendars before, but while some people are Apple fanboys, I am a Google fangirl. Just like the rest of the world, granted, but I use most of their apps and I like their calendar.

It (creepily) adds all of my bookings straight from my Gmail and I really enjoy the Google UI. It’s clean, clear and concise. I have three different calendars that I use to separate the different areas of my life.

Events

This is for anything I’m doing/appointments. If I need to be somewhere, it’s under ‘Events’ and it’s a lovely lilac colour, so I know it’s chill.

Payments

Although I keep all of my bill money in a separate current account, I like to know when money is expected to come out. Therefore, I have all of my bills or anything financial (like Amazon preorders or Klarna payments) on one calendar. Obviously, it’s green because green means money.

Blog Plan

I’ll be honest, I probably don’t use this as much as I should, but I like to have a visual representation of when I’m planning to post things on this blog. The problem? I’ve not been posting consistently, but this one will make a reappearance soon.

Trello

If I could be sponsored by Trello, my life would be complete. I love organisation and I love lists, but paper lists annoy me because they get messy if you want to move or change things. Enter Trello.

It’s essentially a list making app but really, it’s so much more. You can add deadlines, labels, attachments and you can even add checklists to a task, that’s right a list within a list. You can use it for everything. From day-to-day tasks to moving house, they’re fully customisable.

I personally use it for both work and my personal life, I even have one for this blog. If you’re looking for some inspiration, there are lots of mock-up boards that can help you get started.

Forest

If you’re like me (which you obviously are), you struggle with phone addiction. You know, constantly picking up your phone to check whether you have a new notification? It’s so frustrating considering I don’t actually have most of my notifications on (more about that here).

However, I’ve found myself checking my phone more often so I thought I’d give Forest ago. You basically grow little pixel trees by not checking your phone for a set amount of time. It’s a silly concept but it works. When I pick up my phone and my tree is still growing, I feel bad killing it just to check Twitter.

I’ve managed to stop looking at my phone for around six hours a day using this app and my productivity at work has increased massively.

If you do decide to give it a go, I’d recommend turning off your internet so you’re not distracted by the little notifications in the top bar. Also, put your phone out of sight because honestly – out of sight, out of mind.

 

Do you use any of these apps or (even better) do you have any other apps that have been a game-changer? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @amyjmcdonnell 🐦

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