The last few weeks have certainly a deviation from the norm for all of us. Someone came unplanned vacation, while others (the majority) moved from home office. A work at home for the unprepared person can be a real problem: constantly having some trouble, need to order food, cook food, and if you have children, monitor them, find the lesson, and so on. Not surprisingly, many productivity plummeted, but those who were still able to pull myself together, opened up new possibilities. In many ways they helped a special application.

Task Manager for iPhone

That’s the main thing when working from home. Task managers are needed in the office, but at home they are particularly relevant. Depending on your needs, you can certainly use the Reminders app — it has become much better in iOS 13. But looking for something more advanced I use Todoist is a cool platform for doing projects on iOS, Android, OS X, Windows and even browser.

Todoist developers managed to find the perfect combination of minimalist interface and set of features. There are no extra buttons and no clutter — everything is clear, understandable and to the point. All app, in this case we are talking about iOS based on the principle of “one click access”: open the app and immediately see all your tasks — personal, work, project. You can conveniently sort tasks, view the number of open tasks, add new project and so on. Encouraged by the presence of labels, subtasks and filters — you can arrange immediate access to the tasks assigned to you, or to those where a specific label, or a label.

How to track time to work with the iPhone

Another app I found useful in this situation — the program for tracking the time. I am sure that if you are a freelancer or contractor, you probably already use such pieces, but even for “ordinary” employee, it is important to track the time you spend on your job.

For time tracking I use the app Keep, which you can use for free. I can clearly see how much time you spend on a particular task, and have come to the conclusion that early in the morning do the work much faster than in the evening. In this app you can trace the execution time of the same challenges to become more productive. I, for one, had more complex cases in the morning, and the problem is easier — for the evening.

How to separate work and personal email on iPhone

Since then, I switched to full-time work from home, I moved my work e-mail to another mail application, which is not used for personal. I personally use a Spark: one of its features — the Smart Inbox, which first shows your most important emails without displaying newsletters and other messages that can be left “for later”.

Have Spark have the tools to discuss and collaborate over email, and this is one of the few mail apps with such capabilities. Plus there are smart notifications, so you see the mail only when it’s something really important.

As for personal mail, she moved to the built-in Mail app. There I have come all the newsletters from the stores, receipts of delivery, and any spam that is not needed. Thus, this separation has enabled me to not only highlight your work mail, but to make it more “clean” — now there’s nothing to distract me from correspondence.

In addition to Spark, I discovered 3 more cool mail client on the iPhone.

Can certainly delete emails from iPhone and test it only on the computer. As for me, I use Spark on all your devices, as I often need to check work email after hours.

Why you need to “Screen time”

The last “app” I use is actually a function of iOS. Like many of us, I have a small (actually huge) technological dependence. I have it mainly expressed in the form of Twitter and reading the news. So I decided to use “Screen time” and limit the time on certain tasks, without which I can do.

The basics are pretty simple — I set a limit of 15 minutes for Instagram, 60 minutes for Twitter and 90 minutes for Google News. Over the past few weeks I have found that this is more than enough in working days,sometimes I had to click “Ignore limit”.

If I put my mind to, limit “Screen time” expel me from Twitter, Google News, or Instagram, if I spend too much time. This reminder me often enough to block the phone and get back to work.

Disable unnecessary notifications on iPhone

If you considered how many times a day distracted by push notifications that appear on the iPhone screen? Driving, on the subway, at work or studies — for a few seconds you can still switch their attention to the screen, and then, calculating the importance of the message, unlocks the smartphone or lay it aside. What if you remove all the extra alert?

As shown by my experience and the experience of many in the editorial, after that significantly increased productivity is not constantly distracted by the responses on Twitter, messages Vkontakte and Telegram, as well as many other notifications. iPhone stands still, waking up only during calls. When push notifications on the iPhone are disabled, and the desire to go to Twitter, Facebook or somewhere else much less. Social networks just don’t remind myself.

I have turned off all notifications on your iPhone. Why do I each time know when I ‘liked’ photo in Instagram, or to receive notification of newsletters by e-mail? IPhone constantly stands still with a black screen until I raise it (Raise to Wake a useful thing). Even in work chats have turned off notifications so I don’t know about the new message until you go to Telegram. And for unimportant chat I do all disabled to see what was written, I have to go directly to chat. This greatly increases productivity because you can focus on any one task. I noticed that if you are constantly distracted, the time for the same work spent a lot more. Not to mention the fact that you can forget to do something important.

Also, turn off notifications very positive effect on the Autonomous operation of the smartphone. In fact, he works in standby mode.