5 life hack apps to make entrepreneurs more productive

The smartphone in your pocket can help maximise what you get done each day.

by MT Staff
Last Updated: 09 Aug 2017

Most of us struggle with time management on occasion, but the struggle is especially real for those building their own business. From chasing up invoices to interviewing new recruits and keeping your books up to date, there’s often not enough hours in the day.

But thanks to the smartphone in your pocket, staying productive is easier than it used to be. Here are a few apps to help you save time and keep on top of everything you need to do.

Trello

Stay on top of all your projects with Trello, which lets you manage tasks according to the ‘Kanban’ system first popularised by Toyota. You can share project boards with colleagues and set reminders so you won’t forget what needs doing when.

Citymapper

Get where you’re going faster with Citymapper, which can tell you the best route (and your other options) from A to B in dozens of cities, including London, Birmingham and Manchester in the UK. The app uses live data from buses, trains, tubes, trams and ferries, and also includes cycle hire schemes and cabs.

Feedly

There are so many news outlets these days that staying up to date can be a real challenge. Feedly lets you browse your favourite newspapers, blogs, trade publications and even your own company’s internal information, all from one app.

When I Work

Still organising your staff rotas on Excel or sheets of paper? When I Work brings the process into the 21st century, letting you fill empty shifts and approve time off requests directly from your phone.

Spark

Always feel like you’re drowning in emails? Spark’s smart inbox makes it easier to focus on your most important messages by highlighting those it reckons matter most to you. Plus you can hit the ‘snooze button’ on emails you want to deal with later.

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