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Use These 5 Apps for More Productivity and Less Stress 

Dr Henriette Smith.

Imagine a world where you are incredibly productive. You do everything efficiently. You go from wishing you could achieve more to being almost frightened because of the reality you can effortlessly create. The former you that embraced procrastination is gone. Now if you can imagine an accomplishment, you get started, and before you know it, you are successful.

That's the kind of miracle existence that applications promised us when they first became popular in 2007. That is when the first iPhone was born. By 2008 the Apple App Store had 500 applications. Now apps are everywhere, seemingly fulfilling the promise that "There's an app for that," an advertising campaign tagline introduced by Apple in 2009.

While there may not be an app for literally everything (organic squash gardening on Pluto, for example), there are plenty that can help you prevent procrastination. Here are five apps that can make you more productive, remove stress from your life, give you more free time, and make procrastination a thing of the past.

1 – Freedom 

Freedom is a preventive procrastination app for desktop computers, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. It makes you more productive by restricting access to websites you specify on a schedule you create.

2 – Write or Die 

Do you have to create lots of text-based content? If you do, this might be the app for you, though it is very strict. You set a target amount of words you want to produce in a specific time.

If you don't hit your quota, the software will remove all vowels from whatever you have created! That might sound tough, but it can make you focus because of the severe results of failure.

3 – Trello 

Trello is a task organization system, like many of the apps on this list. Instead of using lists, you create cards that you place on boards. You can assign boards and cards to others or to yourself. Trello is a productivity enhancer that works great if you have a team you rely on to get things done.

4 – RescueTime 

This productivity app might make you upset with yourself and how you spend your time. It reveals your time on websites and working with programs and software. You can then make the necessary changes to avoid wasting time on unproductive activities.

5 – ToDoist 

More than 13 million people use ToDoist to create to-do lists. It allows you to break a large task down into smaller mini-tasks. You can delegate responsibilities to others through the app and set and manage priority levels.

If these productivity apps don't float your proverbial boat, a quick web search for "top productivity apps" gives you access to many more. You can also search for "top procrastination apps" or something similar. Your phone is never far from you, so why not put it to work, harnessing the productivity-promoting power of these apps to help you accomplish more and stress less.

This post is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered therapy. This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental Health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393. 

This blog is only for informational and educational purposes and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local doctor/psychologist or psychiatrist or the SADAG Mental health Line on 011 234 4837. If necessary, please phone the Suicide Crisis Line on 0800 567 567 or sms 31393.