Resources

Here is where I put lists of items, articles and links that I have found useful to me in some way. I hope they are as helpful to you as they were to me.


Apps

  • Way of Life –  This is the simplest and best app I have found for habit tracking. It’s free to track 3 habits and costs about £3 to upgrade and track as many as you want. I really enjoy the graphs it shows you after tracking your habits for a few weeks. The trend line is also a good way of seeing how you are doing overall. You can also leave notes on each of your habits to add details to your habit journals if necessary.

 

  • Todoist – This is an excellent app for task management. It syncs well across devices and has a useful tag system that helps to categorise tasks well. It’s smart with dates and it’s easy to set up repeating tasks. The Karma feature adds a little gamification flare to your productivity. It’s great. The free version is pretty good and the annual subscription service is definitely worth the extra cost.

 

  • Forest – Addicted to your smartphone? Do you look at it every few seconds and think you hear it ping even when it doesn’t? Forest could help you out. It trains you to not look at your phone by growing a virtual tree on your screen. If you move away from the app the tree dies. The idea is to grow as many trees as possible. It works like this. It lets you set a timer for a period between 10 and 120 minutes. During that time a tree grows on your screen, preventing you from checking your phone and allowing you to focus on a task of your choosing. The longer time you have set the bigger and more detailed the tree is. If you leave the app, the tree dies. It uses the brains reward seeking mechanism to increase focus and helps you avoid being distracted by your phone. Some would say this is an overly pedantic way to manage time and that you should just put your phone away but I found growing a tree and anticipating the reward of a nice animated tree makes focusing on my work way more fun and it makes me less likely to check my phone for no reason. It also has a function that allows you to tag trees and write a note on each tree so you can record what tasks you were focused on throughout the day. This makes an end of day progress report easier to write up and it makes recalling the day’s tasks easier when your writing in your journal at the end of the day. A glance at a list of your trees & what you did whilst each of them was growing feels very satisfying and affirms that I did good work that day.