Posts Tagged ‘apps’

A quick review of some productivity apps

Monday, November 19th, 2012

I’m not quite as bad as Arnold J Rimmer about productivity – but I’m not far off at times, so I increasingly rely on apps & tasks lists to help – along with my trusty whiteboard – although if I could sync with my phone with my white board I’d be a very happy person. For ages I used Google Tasks, but for some reason, even though I love Google products, and I live by Google Calendar  for some reasons, the tasks, nestled away in Gmail just don’t work for me, even with unofficial, or official apps.

So first I played with a pretty app – Any.Do – and it’s very lovely an minimalistic, but as everything, over time, even with the widgets available I found I was using it less and less – not sure why, it just didn’t grab me.

Any.Do – I still haven’t made a Christmas pudding.

Which is why when I think I saw Task Hammer mentioned on Prof Hacker In thought I’d give it a go – being a great fan of RPG’s. It’s not as pretty as Any Do but you get a satisfying trumpet horn when you complete a task (tip, don’t do this in a full office, you look like a lunatic) but so far I’m enjoying it, and since it’s an app in it’s infancy hopefully some more interactive feature will appear.

This was a while ago – I’ve just reached level 3 thanks to writing this blogpost, which I’ve been meaning to do for ages.

Anyone else got any to do list apps they recommend.  As ever LifeHacker is a great source of productivity advice.

Productivity – The Best Solution so far…

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

I previously mentioned this comic – with regards to productivity but it is something I’m interested in, episodically in how you can apply productivity to education – hopefully making better students.

I’ve got some links here:

– I’ve mainly been using Delicious / Evernote & a Android app called Any.Do on my phone that links to my Google Tasks

But so far nothing has been as useful as this:

That and a white board and pens, everyone needs a whiteboard.

You can find a link to the Batman picture on the games wiki

(Thanks to my student @Ranooth who is also using this ‘technique’ and whoever originally added the word’s ‘Quit Procrastinating and Work on your Art’ to a bit of Bruce Timm Batman artwork – I can’t remember where the 2nd one came from at all – If only I’d have had Pinterest this time last year )