13 July 2017 | Career Advice | Guest Author
Entering the workplace can be intimidating. It's vital to make a strong first impression by working hard and being productive whilst also forming strong social relationships with those around you. What your colleagues are looking for is someone that always seems to have extra time in the day, avoids the stress that others are consumed by, and always manages to get their work done on time. But they're also looking for someone who's up for a laugh, knows all the best restaurants and of course the latest place to grab a drink after a hard day! Fortunately, there are a number of fantastic apps than can help you to be productive at work, while making a great social impression too. Download the following to be everyone's favourite co-worker:
Whether you like it or not, when you enter the workplace, you'e going to be involved in a load of meetings. A lot of the time, you're going to be the one that's asked to organise them. If you're trying to co-ordinate a meeting at work or a team evening on the town, everyone's different commitments and timetables can make what appears a simple task seem impossible. Doodle saves you the time and stress. Avoid the inevitable, endless and unproductive email or WhatsApp chains and get a date in the diary with just one message. Easily create polls by suggesting possible dates and places, let others vote, and Doodle will do the rest, selecting the time and place that works for everyone. That's one to impress the manager.
It's common knowledge that a stressful day at work can leave you with a burning desire for a drink. What's more, heading down to a bar is a fantastic opportunity to spend some time with your colleagues outside of the office. However, the likelihood is that starting a new job has left you somewhat uprooted in an unfamiliar city. It's all good and well inviting people out, but it can be slightly embarrassing if you don't know where to take them! Fortunately, although it sounds more like a dating app, BarChick features all the best bars in over 60 cities worldwide. Whether you're looking for a smart and sophisticated rooftop, or a dirty downtown boozer, BarChick has you covered.
Everyone loves music; going to a concert is a fantastic way to unwind and have a great time with your friends and colleagues. So, if gigs are your thing then DICE is the app you need. DICE caters to the wide variety of music that people love whilst including up-and-coming artists as well as the big names that we've all heard of. A team of professionals handpicks each concert, introducing you and your colleagues to new and exciting artists you can discover together.
One of the most challenging things about the transition into working life is getting used to juggling multiple tasks to meet multiple deadlines. Staying on top of your work will seriously impress your colleagues (your boss in particular) and prove your worth as an organised and reliable employee. Remember The Milk is a brilliant app that helps you manage your tasks easily, allowing you to set subtasks, priorities, deadlines and reminders whilst tracking your progress. And if you're working in a group, you can even share lists and give tasks to others that may not be as organised as you are. Remember The Milk isn't just useful at work though; for those of us that have the tendency to forget things such as getting our clothes out of the washing machine or remembering to pick your sister up from school, Remember The Milk is a saviour!
Whether you're planning to go to one the bars around town, a gig or maybe even head to a client meeting, you're not going to impress anyone if you don't show up on time! Navigating your way through big cities whilst trying to get your head around timetables and tube maps can be difficult enough in itself, not to mention if there are delays or cancellations. Thankfully, CityMapper will do everything for you in a matter of seconds, saving you the time and stress. The handy app shows you the quickest route and a number of alternatives, will reroute for you if a train is cancelled, shows how much it'll cost you, and for the fitness gurus amongst us - how many calories you'll burn in the process.
Getting good quality sleep is the most important thing for being productive at work and enjoying your free time. Believe it or not, Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock is an app that analyses your sleep patterns and wakes you up in the lightest sleep phase, which they describe as “the natural way to wake up feeling rested”. Not only will your colleagues be jealous and impressed by how proactive and awake you are at work, but you'll have energy to spare for the weekend. Of course, you have to go to sleep in the first place.
Gabriele Ottino is a productivity expert and CEO of Doodle.