This app awesomely harnesses the power of HTML5, enabling offline access (and the ability to add more tasks offline) and even auto syncs across devices when it detects you’re back on the Interwebs.
Definitely have a go with Todoist, just ignore the very cheesy demo video!
I’m only using the free version since I am particularly fused about the additional features such as adding comments, but leave me a comment if you think it’s worth paying for the added benefits.
Now you have your list of tasks sorted, pick one and aim to work solidly for a predefined amount of time. It’s recommended to work in ‘chunks’ of around 15 to 45 minutes followed by a 5 to 15 minute rest, personally I prefer to reverse those figures and work for 5 minutes before taking a well deserved 45 minute break. Either way it’s fun to use Kukuklok as an alarm to let you know when you’ve earnt your break, especially as you can set some Slayer trash metal to be the alarm chime!
Obviously before any work can begin you need to set the mood. Youarelistening.to plays ambient music with US emergency services radio chatter overlaid in random bursts. You can select various US cities which changes the background picture, music and radio chatter – although I have found some cities don’t always work. You really need a decent pair of headphones to make out the chatter clearly, some are even quite funny such as officers ordering their lunch… surprisingly not donuts!
4. If That Then This (IFTTT)
It That Then This (Pronounced IFT) allows you to create ‘recipes’ by defining the That and This parameters. For example one of my recipes is:
If The weather outside >25°C then SMS me
Obviously the weather in England is crap so we need to make the most of every bit of sun we have, you can always work when it rains. On a side note, I think this service would be useful for home automation and could get me closer to creating Jarvis (the computer running the Iron Man house).
So there are my 4 productivity tools, reading this has probably taken you a few minutes, it’s time for a well earned break!