Apps to Help You Handle Mental Clutter
When your brain is trying to remember too many things, important things can get forgotten. You can also experience difficulty trying to concentrate on your work. Your brain, although amazing, can really only handle so much information at once. Clearing your mind of the mental clutter can help you focus better at work, and be able to get more done.
There are a few ways you can clear your brain of this mental clutter, and most of the things that are taking up space in your mind can be downloaded right to your phone. Let the device you typically have with you at all times keep all the clutter, and free your mind to concentrate on the task at hand.
Everyone should utilize a to-do list on your phone. There are several options to choose from. Most have similar features so it will be up to you to figure out which app is the right one for you. The most popular choices are Todoist, TickTick, Any.do, and Microsoft’s own ToDo. One of the main things you want to look for in a to-do list is ease of entry. Your to-do list is only going to help if you if it is easy to add tasks to your lists. Integration with voice assistants like Alexa and Google can help make adding items to your list as easy as possible. Mostly, it will come down to which app’s user interface makes the most sense for you.
Along with a to-do list, another easy way to take information out of your head is by using a note taking application. We broke down a few of our favorites recently, to give you an idea of how to utilize digital note-taking. You will want to be able to organize your notes in a way that will make it easy to find those notes again in the future when you need to refer back to them.
These days a digital calendar is essential. We would even venture to say that multiple digital calendars are essential. Whether you use Office 365, or Google products, you have the ability to create multiple calendars and share them. This can help make sure co-workers and family members are on the same page with everyone’s schedule. Not only does it help with coordinating schedules, it will take all of those appointments out of your head and into the phone, where it will notify you when the appointment is coming up.
In the past, you used to memorize the phone numbers of the people you contact the most. These days, we are lucky if we are able to remember our own phone number. Keeping all of your contacts tied with your email platform will make sure that you never lose an important contact again. Storing them with a cloud service will ensure that even if you lose or damage your phone, you will always be able to get a hold of the people you need.
These 4 areas are the basic “day planner” solutions because they are the essential parts of your day. When you are constantly trying to remember everything you have to do, where you have to be, and how to get a hold of the person for your next appointment, you are going to miss tasks and appointments, and you won’t be able to concentrate on the things you need to get done today.
Eric is the owner and CEO of Protek Support and is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional). He graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business with an emphasis in Information Technology (IT). He is an IT Services expert in a variety of technology related fields. Some of these fields include document management software/hardware, enterprise level networking and VoIP phone systems, as well as large scale software implementation projects and the setup of small business networks.