To be a successful writer at Contentgather, maintaining a good productivity rate is paramount. With all the distractions and pitfalls that are out there, it's easy to get caught off-guard and end up missing a deadline. Sometimes you might slop through an assignment in a rush, only to have it rejected. Thankfully, there are apps and software available for you to manage your productivity and ensure your work is high-quality.
OpenOffice has been among the top recommended free software for writers for a long time, and for good reason. OpenOffice refers to itself as a "free, open productivity suite" - that's because, in one download, it provides you with a powerful writing software, as well separate applications to produce spreadsheets, presentations, databases, formulas, and drawings. Almost anything that'd you'd need to get done for a job can be completed with OpenOffice.
If you don't have a perfect grasp of grammar, there are apps and software available to help you out. Grammarly is a free Google Chrome extension which checks the grammar in anything you type. It can correct things such as incorrect verb tenses, confusion of "than" and "then", etc. This is a very useful tool for any writer who wants to make sure that their writing is the best that it can be before submission.
Making sure that jobs get done, even those not related to writing is another important part of life. Wouldn't it be nice if you could turn productivity into a game of sorts?
Meet Habitica. Habitica is a role-playing game (RPG) for your to-do list. By completing items on your to-do list, you will be able to progress further in the game, as well as receive coins for both in-game and real-life rewards. If you can set up a "party" in Habitica through other people you know, you will also have a group of people you will have to be accountable to. When your productivity affects other people, it is much more likely that you'll get your to-do list completed. Habitica is available in both a free online version and app for Apple and Android devices.
For the less nerdy, there is Any.do, another task manager available online and for Apple and Android. Any.do's bright, simple interface makes it easy to see what you have to do based on three time periods: "today", "tomorrow", and "later". You can also start off every morning by opening the "Moment" section of the app, which will give you a brief overview/refresher on your upcoming tasks.
If you work online a lot (which most writers tend to do), you may suffer from distractions. It's very easy to get distracted by social media or a browser game in another tab if nothing's there to stop you.
Meet StayFocusd. StayFocusd is a free Chrome extension which allows you to block distractions from your work. You can set it to block specific distracting websites, or every other website which isn't your work, for a period of time. It's even possible to only block specific sections of sites - say if you need a site for research, but the site also has distracting videos on it.
Managing your finances is an important part of any career or hobby. If you're making money from writing, it's important that you're able to easily manage and keep track of that money.
Mint is a free personal finance software and app that manages your budget, payments, bills, and pretty much anything money-related you could throw at it. It places all your online payments in one place and allows for automated payments, saving you the stress of remembering multiple logins. Over time, Mint will analyze your lifestyle and give you recommendations for the best ways of saving money. You can also use Mint to see any transactions that occur on your financial accounts, making sure you're up-to-date and protected from any possible fraud or hacking.
Part of making sure that your writing is in tip-top shape is your mental health. If you're suffering, stressed or overworked as a writer, it will show in your work. As such, relaxing applications and software are also worth trying out.
Noisli is a free website dedicated to helping you increase your productivity and relax easier. The site generates soothing, customizable white noise and color schemes. Putting a pair of headphones on and blocking the outside world with these comforting sounds can help your productivity as well as your stress level. Some people are able to get into the writing "zone" much easier with the assistance of soothing sounds.
I hope this list has helped you as a writer be able to explore options to increase your productivity. Keep in mind this isn't a complete list, and exploring software and applications on your own is recommended to help you find what's right for you. Just remember to not spend too much time looking and not enough time working!