Tend to use your smartphone for Words With Friends and Facebook messages? Here’s how you can use it to strengthen your career
Glued to your smartphone? Whether you’re walking down the street, on the train or sitting in the carpool on the way home, you (and everyone around you) are probably heads down, checking the latest activity on your social networks, catching up on news or texting loved ones.
The average American has approximately . While the last thing you may want to do is download another app, consider just a few more to boost your productivity, stay organized, and reduce stress — so you can focus on that game of Words With Friends without worrying about what you need to do tomorrow at the office. ( to tweet this list.)
Tired of taking notes via the default note taking app on your smartphone? Evernote has emerged as one of the most popular programs for entrepreneurs and entry-level admins alike to organize their thoughts. The app, which is available for desktop and mobile devices, allow you to create notebooks in which to organize notes, which can be manually entered text, clipped data from elsewhere, pictures, and more.
You can even tag each note in Evernote to cross-reference notes across notebooks, so if you wanted, for example, to reference certain people, you could find all the notes about your boss — which may be scattered across different notebooks or projects — with just a few clicks. The cross-device syncing makes finding and adding notes a breeze, especially when you need to switch devices on the fly.
Everyone has their own method of managing daily tasks, whether through a multitude of Post-It notes next to your computer or an ever-growingGoogle doc. Some companies work with group-based task managers such as and , but if you’re looking for an easy to manage your daily tasks, look no further than the free Any.do. This app, which also syncs between desktop and mobile devices, is clean and simple, and it allows you to easily add and complete tasks with reminders based on location, time of day and urgency.
If you use Chrome, you can also add an extension to manage your tasks right within your browser — a great feature for those who live and breathe within the scope of the Internet during the day.
Speaking of using the internet, it can be easy to get lost and lose track of all productivity when someone messages you on Facebook. If you just don’t know where the time goes, consider using RescueTime, which is available for desktops and Android smartphones, to track what exactly you do all day.
You may be surprised just how much time you spend on Facebook or trapped in . Recognizing these bad habits is the first step to changing them, thereby helping to increase your productivity, get more done, and hopefully land that promotion you deserve.
We’ve all heard about LinkedIn, but you may not know just how powerful it can be on your phone. With the LinkedIn app, which just received , your can easily find information about people you’re about to meet or Skype in just a quick minute.
With the LinkedIn app on your smartphone, you’ll have smarter meetings, as you’ll be able to access background information without spending several minutes on Google. For those looking for a job, the LinkedIn app can be crucial to establishing a personal connection with those who are interviewing you — something that could make or break a potential opportunity.
Finally, if you are, in fact, looking for a job, you’ll want to be sure you have Jobr installed on your smartphone. Billed as the “Tinder for job seekers,” this app syncs with your LinkedIn profile and curates from job boards. Jobr creates a profile based on your LinkedIn profile, and from there, you can swipe right or left on jobs the apps thinks you might be interested in. If you swipe right, your profile will be sent to a recruiter representing that job. It’s an easy way to quickly scan through open positions.
Though it functions similarly as Tinder, job seekers should not take it as lightly; looking for a job is a serious process, and you should be cautious about what info you put into your profile, as well as what messages you send via this app. However, it does break down the often complicated process of applying for a job and could be an easy way to with companies you’re interested in working for.
What other smartphone apps would you list as must-haves for young professionals?
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