The 10 Best Gadgets and Apps for a Productive Commute
If you have a long daily commute to the office, there are many ways to make it more productive and get work done while you travel. For instance, you can turn your smartphone into a mobile hotspot and log onto your laptop while riding the train or bus. Or, you can get a Bluetooth headset and return business calls while driving. Try out these gadgets and apps - you might even start enjoying your trips to and from the office.
1) Treblab Z2 Headphones
Focus and smash your goals or enjoy your commute in total silence with no more disruptive noise. Treblab Z2 headphones neutralize the noise, which is perfect for those long journeys. Unwanted noises from your surroundings are drowned out, allowing you to relax and experience uninterrupted sound as though you are listening in silence. The high-performance neodymium-backed 40mm speakers submerge you in dynamic sound, sealing out distractions.
Treblab Z2s were designed with comfort in mind. The fully enclosing ear cups offer comfort thanks to their ergonomic construction using super soft materials. They gently hug the natural outline of your ear and deliver a flawless fit with swiveling ear-cups. These Bluetooth headphones will make your commute more productive without the need for messy wires, due to their huge 38-foot range of powerful wireless connectivity and 35-hour battery life.
2) The Pocket App
Even if you turn your phone into a hotspot, download times while you travel can be painfully slow. And if you are underground on a subway or on a plane, you will probably be without an Internet connection altogether. The Pocket App solves these common commuter problems by allowing you to save videos, articles and other items to view offline. You can drag stuff into Pocket from your computer browser, your email, or even other apps like Twitter. Then, access it during your commute.
3) Earworms Musical Brain Trainer
If you want to learn something while commuting, Earworms Musical Brain Trainer combines music with words and phrases in an effort to work them into your brain. Utilizing the power of music, Earworms puts the words of a foreign language into your head! In recent years there have been a lot of advances in language learning techniques, supported by the findings of neurological science and linguistic pedagogy. Earworms bundles a lot of these findings into a powerful edutainment language learning system, unique in its teaching power.
4) Android Auto
The Android Auto app allows for safer driving by offering a simplified interface and large buttons for easy switching between GPS navigation, media, calls and messages. Android Auto is a simpler way to use your phone in the car. Whether on your phone screen or on your car display, Android Auto was designed with safety and convenience in mind. With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and your Google Assistant, it’s designed to minimize distraction so you can stay focused on the road.
For many drivers, commuting and business driving expenses used for tax deductions or charity go together. MileIQ uses your device’s system clock and GPS to automatically track and log each of your trips. It accurately notes the start and stop times as well as total miles driven down to a fraction of a mile. You can quickly categorize trips as business, personal or charity and the data can be quickly exported as IRS compliant expense spreadsheets. Once MileIQ is installed, it works in the background. There are no buttons to press to start or stop. Your miles are automatically logged and recorded, creating a complete record of all your tax deductible and reimbursable mileage. Simply add your vehicles, purposes and locations.
If you like to get organized first thing in the morning, use your commuting time to list the things you need to accomplish that day using the Wunderlist app. Wunderlist syncs between your mobile devices and your personal computers, allowing you to drag and drop tasks between days and categories. Whether you are managing multiple work projects, planning a holiday or sharing a shopping list with a partner, Wunderlist will help you to list and tick off all your professional and personal to-dos.
It is very satisfying to arrive at the office with a clean inbox. Why not use your commuting time to go through emails and delete anything extraneous before even arriving at work? It will save you at least half an hour and a loss of momentum during the most productive time of day.
While you are driving, you can now use ASAM to read your emails. The app will read your emails out loud word-for-word including disclaimers, signatures, and other information you might have skipped otherwise. When the message is finished, the app will ding and you have the option to dictate a reply.
8) HubSpot Mobile
Thanks in part to apps like HubSpot Mobile, it is no longer absolutely necessary to be at your desk to get your work done. Those days are close to being gone. Using this app, you can take advantage of your HubSpot software, even while you are commuting. It starts with a customizable dashboard that gives you an at-a-glance breakdown of the most important metrics to you - landing page, blog, and email performance, as well as deals and sales tasks.
You can also easily access your contacts database, marketing insights like email analytics, and your sales pipeline. For that last part, you can use the app to add notes, activities, or tasks, and keep track of deal stages.
9) Daily Commute
The best predictor for your daily commute is your past commutes. The Daily Commute app lets you mine that data so that you can plan your departure accordingly to optimize your commute. It is essentially a timer and tracks how long you take to get to and from work - including any delays - and records the data. It then uses the information to give you a more accurate estimate of when you need to leave each day, and how long your trip will be. Stats provide an eye-opening look at your punctuality. You can even add notes about your commute. The more data it compiles, the more accurate its predictions, so you will get the best results if you use it regularly.
You can now take charge of your to-do list before the work day even starts with Trello. Ease your stress, and arrive at work feeling less frenzied. It is a free, easy to use to-do list app, available on smartphones, computers and tablets. Trello is simple to use with a drag-and-drop functionality and the ability to share and edit to-do lists within a team. Organize your to-do lists by topic, assign due dates, and integrate with Google Docs.
Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way. Dive into the details by adding comments, attachments and more directly to Trello cards. You can collaborate on projects from beginning to end, even during your commute