We always have too many things that we want to do but lack time to do them. This results from our poor planning or from the fact that we plan but fail to follow our own rules.
Many apps have been designed that can act as your personal time assistants if you have this problem.
Let’s have a look at some of these apps:
Timeful for iPhone:
This is a free iPhone app available in the U.S. and Canada. It uses artificial intelligence to schedule tasks in your calendar based on events you are already committed to.
Timeful will allow you to connect to your Google, iCloud or Outlook calendars to integrate your existing events. You can also add the habits you would like to establish and the to-do items.
Tempo for iPhone:
Although Tempo does not create schedules, it includes additional context about meetings. Apart from these, it also provides drive times and insights about companies and people associated with each event.
Sunrise for iPhone and Android:
Sunrise is more or less like Tempo. It doesn’t create schedules but includes additional context about meetings, such as directions which can help to improve productivity.
Proponents of these apps say they are effective in time management but some critics disagree.
Mark Ellwood, the president of Toronto-based Pace Productivity says that an app could be helpful, but productivity has more to do with the discipline of planning than the use of a particular tool.
“We have found time spent with planning correlates with results, regardless of whether someone is using an app, a piece of paper, or the back of an envelope,” he said.
The apps may alert you to perform a particular activity but it will be upon you to decide whether to do it or not. So the decision to be productive needs to be in your head and not in a machine.