5 Essential Time-Management Apps

Nannies, the self-employed, doctors, artists, teachers, stay-at-home parents, and high-powered Wall Street executives all have one thing in common: the need to manage a busy schedule effectively. Time management can make or break a business, a household, or an individual free agent, so whatever you do, check out these apps you shouldn’t be trying to manage your life without.

Time-Management Apps

1. Focus Booster

Perhaps the best way to ensure your time is well spent is to improve your focus. For people who have trouble sitting still — mentally or physically — Focus Booster is a welcome tool.

Employing the Pomodoro Technique, a method developed in the late 1900s that segments work into 25-minute intervals followed by a break, this technique actually improves your mind’s ability to focus. All the user has to do is set the timer.

2. Mind42

Love the idea of a method that helps you focus, but want to try something more involved? Mind42 (pronounced mind-four-two) is another app that promises to increase your productivity via mind mapping. A fascinating and remarkably effective way of achieving mental clarity and organization.

3. Remember The Milk

Endearing and straightforward, this app aims to consolidate and manage all those Evernotes, regular notes, calendar events, and reminders you’re constantly leaving for yourself. Having this app is a little like having a friend with an ironclad memory and nothing better to do than follow you around all day — only it’s less creepy.

4. Rescue Time

This clever app will help anyone who feels as if he or she blinks and half the day is gone. An excellent business tool, Rescue Time uses browser analytics to measure, chart, and report where your time is being spent. As a bonus, it encourages change by offering alarms (which can limit your time on social media), and allowing the user to set daily goals.

5. Toggl

Forget timesheets. Whether you’re working alone or on a team, Toggl provides all the resources you’ll need to track and manage the time needed, allotted, and actually devoted to your various projects. Since those numbers won’t always be consistent, Toggl also provides tools for analysis and planning.

The takeaway

Think of your time the way a manufacturer thinks of its inventory. If the firm doesn’t know how much time it has available, or is unable to control it quickly and effortlessly needed, the business will suffer.

Because of this, many business owners and operators use third-party inventory and warehousing solutions. Time management apps serve the same purpose, and provide an extra guarantee that regardless of what you do with it, your time is always your most valuable asset.

Drew Hendricks is a professional business and startup blogger that writes for a variety of sites including The Huffington Post, Forbes and Technorati. Drew has worked at a variety of different startups as well as large advertising agencies.