Now that many of us are working from home, it's so easy to get distracted by pretty much everything.
Though we can't control things like kids asking us about multiplication, a partner's conference call or needy pets, we can try to control our time management. To help with that, we tested a few productivity applications to keep us on task while we work from home.
So whether it's organizing assignments or not wasting time on the internet, here are some apps we recommend.
Create habits: Streaks
I can get very lazy about the simplest things: flossing, drinking water, exercising. But I'm also pretty competitive, which is why I've used Streaks since long before the coronavirus quarantine.
The app is very simple but beautifully designed (it's an Apple Design Awards winner). Instead of a list, your tasks appear as circles with cute, matching graphics in each. The idea is to keep your streak of tasks going for as long as possible.
The way it works is you pick a variety of things you want to do (or don't want to do) and once you complete each one, you press the circle. You can pick something generic, like reading, or you can assign a length of time to your reading, and how many days per week you'd like to do it.
If you do your task everyday, yes, you create new habits, but you also build streaks. Like, I've had vegetables every day for 16 days! The thought of losing my streak often forces me out of bed to floss just to keep it going.
Streaks is only available for iOS and it costs $4.99. (Garin)
Manage tasks: Todoist