Phone apps that will totally streamline your life

We’re chronically distracted people, and it can make life complicated. The biggest culprits are our phones, which are perpetually buzzing and beeping at us while we’re trying to complete a task.

Luckily, these same phones come equipped with awesome apps that can help you stay organized, break bad habits, form good ones, be more productive and more focused. Here are three that we totally recommend:

Cold Turkey for PCs and Android Phones

Cold Turkey is a great nuclear option for when you absolutely need to get something done. It works by essentially forcibly cutting you off of the device of your choice, letting you not be distracted while you work on your projects. The PC version allows you to set up timers, schedules and block lists so you can still use word processing and image software while being locked out of Tumblr and Pinterest. The Android version simply makes your phone stuck on one screen for up to an hour at a time, similarly defending you against wasting time when you need to work!

Habit Streak

Habit Streak is a useful little app that runs by the principle that any habit can be formed if you work at it every day. By offering you a checklist and a running tally of days you performed whatever habit you want to establish, it encourages you to continue so you don’t break the streak! If you’ve ever wanted to read more or work out in the mornings or develop any other kind of habit, this is definitely a winner.

ClearFocus

ClearFocus is an app that is a modified countdown timer. By leveraging the Pomodoro technique (where you perform a task for 25 minutes, take a five minute break, and start back up again), this app is a great way to stay focused with an assignment of any kind. It’s easy to work in periods of 25 minutes, and this timer tracks your progression and is customizable for any timeframes you could want.

It’s not easy to be productive and successful with whatever task you have in mind, but with a little help, anything is possible! These apps are only a sample of dozens that can be tailored to whatever needs you may have, so check them out and get started on something awesome.

Erin Cardone

Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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