December 11, 2020
As we approach the start of a new year, increasing productivity is something on a lot of peoples’ minds. There are many apps that can help you with this. Here are a couple:
HabitHub is a great app if you are looking to make or break habits. It has a very simple interface that allows you to choose a habit you either want to increase or decrease, such as dining at home more to save money, and every day that you complete an action (eating at home), you mark the day as “Done.” You are able to set a target for how many consecutive days that you want to continue this habit, and it even has graphs that track your progress over an extended period of time.
After the target is reached, you can enjoy a reward that you set for yourself in the app (like a trip to the movies). Not only does the reward help motivate you; it can also help your ultimate goal of saving money by waiting to go to the movies until you earn the reward.
This free app is available from the Google Play Store for Android devices (an iOS version is in development). A paid version is available to track more than five habits. The HabitHub website has more information about the app.
Forest is another app that can help you increase your productivity. This app allows you to focus on an activity for a pre-determined length of time. You do this by “planting” a tree in the app and setting time for how long it will take the tree to “grow.” While the tree is growing, you focus on your task. If you leave the app, your tree dies, and you have to start over again.
It’s a great way to get into the habit of doing something for a specific period of time. The longer you stay focused, the more points you earn. The more points you earn, the more you have to spend on building your “forest” using a vast variety of trees in the app. There are also special events throughout the year that allow you to get rare trees such as “ice cream trees.”
This is all available through the free version of the app. You can also upgrade to the “Pro” version for a one-time purchase of $2, which allows you to continue your progress over multiple devices and run certain apps while your trees are growing as well. The Pro version also allows you to use the coins that you earned in the app to plant real trees (limit of five trees per person). Forest is available on the Google Play Store for Android devices and the Apple App Store for iOS.
To find more resources about increasing your productivity, consider subscribing to MCPL’s YouTube channel, which offers videos on a variety of different topics including technology videos, or check out some of the great productivity classes through the Library’s online learning services, such as Lynda.com and Universal Class. MCPL also has many physical resources and eBooks for you to choose from!
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