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5 Apps to Increase Efficiency (Plus One Helpful Hack)

October 8, 2015 Bradford Group Administrator

Death_to_stock_photography_Vibrant (10 of 10)In case you haven’t heard, we focused on ways to increase efficiency last quarter here at the Bradford Group. Keeping with that trend, I thought I’d share some of my favorite apps to increase efficiency and productivity.

Sleep Cycle. I’m not a morning person, and I probably never will be. It’s highly unlikely I’ll ever be one of those people who pops out of bed in the morning rarin’ to go, but Sleep Cycle makes waking up in the morning a little less awful. The app analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you up during your lightest phase of sleep, so you spend less time groggily trying to remember what day of the week it is and more time getting on with your morning.

Better Haves. OK, so this budgeting app says it’s for couples, but don’t let that deter you – Better Haves works just fine for single folks as well. Users create customized categories such as groceries, utilities and “fun” money in virtual envelopes, which can be shared with other users. While it’s not as advanced as other personal finance apps (like Mint, for example), the simple interface makes staying on budget easier than ever.

Audible. I’ve recently discovered the joy of audiobooks (I know, I know, I’m late to the party with this one), and Audible is my go-to app. Listening to audiobooks is a great way to multitask and get some “reading” in when you normally wouldn’t be able to (for example: cleaning the house, your morning commute, etc.). Another perk – Audible is a branch of Amazon, so you can expect top-notch customer service, too.

Venmo. I was a little skeptical of Venmo at first, but now I’m definitely on board. Users can send and request money with the tap of a button, which means it’s never been easier to split the check at dinner or pay your friend back for that coffee. Say goodbye to asking if anyone has change to break a $20.

Google Drive. I love using Google Drive as a one-stop location for all my important documents and projects. The fact that it’s compatible for both desktop and mobile means it’s no problem to quickly access my files when I’m not at my desk and the share feature makes it easy to collaborate with team members. Also, Drive eliminates the need to download an attachment every time I want to edit a file and automatically saves your progress when working on a document. What’s not to love?

Twitter Lists. Okay, so this isn’t necessarily an app, but it’s a killer timesaver, and I honestly can’t believe I was oblivious to this feature for so long. If you aren’t taking advantage of Twitter’s list feature yet—seriously—what are you waiting for? Twitter lists allow users to curate private or public lists, grouping all the tweets from those on the list into one convenient place. You don’t have to follow a user to add them to a list, so the lists function does wonders for cutting down on clutter in your feed. For example, I have a list of news outlets that allows me to stay up on any breaking news without clogging up my timeline.

What are some of your favorite tech tools for increasing efficiency? Let us know below in the comments!

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