Five tools to turbocharge the way you work

From accelerating your thought processes to prioritizing your workload, it’s well worth making time for our top five 21st century ways to streamline the way you work. We promise you’ll be more likely to hear the sweet sound of success.

1. Organize your thoughts

Grab a virtual notebook that works as seamlessly as the way you think. Amongst the latest and greatest are Evernote and OneNote. Both provide portable, taggable, indexable homes for all your ideas, notes, useful documents and web snippets; enabling you to marshal your thoughts in an actionable format, synced across your devices.

Use one to transform your research, create a daily journal, set up reminders and to-do lists, collaborate with colleagues, or just curate your own resource of inspirational stuff.

The possibilities are as big as your imagination.

2. Own your workload

When your commitments and tasks spill over into different devices and platforms, it’s time for an app like Todoist or Wunderlist that can help you take charge, prioritise your workload and simplify your days. To feel safe in the knowledge that your attention is on the right things in most efficient order, make this the next thing you do.

3. Improve your focus

The route to focus amongst the hustle and bustle of the open office has taken an interesting turn. Research has shown that the right sounds not only create pockets of calm, but useful states of mind. In fact, the sound of birdsong has been shown to improve concentration, paving the way for apps like Noisli. These provide a new way for workers to create their own customizable soundscapes to promote productivity, focus or relaxation. Remember where you heard it first.

4. Minimize distractions

Being ‘always on’ and connected at work and in our personal lives is useful, but can also be distracting. For some, it even gets overwhelming. A study by The Future Laboratory found that 73% of British workers feel they must be always available for work, increasing stress levels and their likelihood of leaving the job. But help is at hand, from ‘Quiet’ apps like Offtime, Flipd, or Moment (iOS only) that prioritize or hold back notifications. Helping you stay in the loop and in the zone.

5. Take your productivity further

Having the flexibility to get out of the office or move your workspace to wherever suits you can really boost productivity by decreasing distractions, reducing stress or simply being within easier reach of clients and off site meetings. And thanks to new apps like Nomad, workers can benefit from all of that by reserving desks at different offices, cafes and business locations. A way of working that’s set to become the place to be for a more mobile, motivated workforce.