5 Free & Cheap Apps to Keep You Productive & On-Time

4 Free & Cheap Apps {+ 1}

Recently Entrepeneur.com posted a great article on 4 apps to keep you on-task and on-time.  Here is a quick overview:

  1. Any.do Free voice-activated, swipe-able to-do listwith many features.   Any.do is available for Android, iPod touch, and iPad.
  2. Toodledo  Toodledo is an all-in-one taskmaster that helps you take control of your schedule, organize tasks and be more productive. The $2.99 fully-featured version comes with customizable task and appointment lists that seamlessly integrate with your email and calendar.  Toodledo is available for Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.
  3. Leave Now  This free app keeps you on time for your next meeting by telling you exactly when to leave. It posts a reminder message on your iOS device’s (iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) home screen precisely when it’s time to get up and go.  Using GPS, LeaveNow automatically calculates traffic for various modes of transportation, including walking, biking, driving and public transportation, and adjusts your departure times and reminders accordingly. When you’re running late, Leave Now sends “on my way” texts and emails on your behalf to let people know your estimated time of arrival — all in a single tap.
  4. CalAlarm   For $1.99, CalAlarm offers a no-frills, user-friendly calendar app that helps keep you on-task and on-time by sounding motivating reminder alarms. Easily create, snooze and repeat multiple alarms per event. Alarms can be set to recur on a per-minute, hourly, daily, weekly or monthly basis.

As great as these apps truly are, one more needs to be added to the list.  The average worker is distracted more than 2 hours every day.  She is interrupted more than 70 times a day.  This is not conducive to a great day of work or productivity.  That’s why many businesses have turned to sound masking- the use of white noise to cover unwanted and distracting sound.  But, for this list, we need a free or cheap “app”.  Thus, I present to you the free white noise generator

5.  Free White Noise Generator.  It’s free and customizable with 11 menus of sound and various backgrounds for visualization.  In its broadest sense, white noise is
like white color. Just as white color is made up of every color in the spectrum, so white noise is made up of thousands of frequencies, all in equal amounts. This is why
white noise is considered “unstructured sound.” Structured sound – voices, music – communicates information using specific frequencies. Because unstructured sound
communicates nothing, our minds quickly tune it out.