Five apps to help CFOs boost their productivity


It never ceases to surprise us that many CFOs heading up the finance departments of massive organisations equipped with the bleeding edge of technology are content to limit themselves to the equivalent of an abacus when it comes to boosting their own productivity. Here are five apps to help you get a handle on your personal productivity.

As the most widely used eSignature and Digital Transaction Management Platform, DocuSign a great productivity tool for millions of people in 188 different countries. It allows you to send, sign, and approve documents, wherever you are, using mobile devices. So if you are working remotely and you need to sign a filing or review and sign a monthly closing, then you can do all of that simply from your smartphone. It is also more secure than paper and can help companies improve compliance.

With over 100 million users, Evernote is among the most popular apps in the world. The app stores digital notes that sync across desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Evernote is ideal for making to-dos and checklists. It also goes further by enabling you to save content from the web, create reminders and discuss work with others. Files such as office docs, PDFs and photos can be attached, and tags help you organise your notes, which are also searchable within the app.

Everyone has a routine or method that works best for them in terms of productivity, the app combines the classic Pomodoro technique (it provides a timer which schedules 25-minute work intervals with five-minute breaks in-between) with a to-do list that allows you to manage your tasks for the day. But Pomotodo recognises which times of day you're the most productive and allows you to review your progress over time.

If you consider yourself to be more of a numbers person than a wordsmith, you might struggle with catching any of those glaring errors in your messages. Grammarly will take care of that for you. It's the best app for finding and fixing spelling and grammar errors, so you can make sure your message is polished before hitting "send" and spend more time on your actual work instead of working on drafts.

In the helter-skelter world of finance, it would be a mistake to overlook your health. Meditation is a great stress-reliever and can help clear your mind to make better decisions. Studies show that 30 minutes of meditation per day will raise your energy levels considerably. Buddhify is the perfect meditation app for people with a busy lifestyle, with over 80 guided meditations and it can be customised for whatever you're doing and wherever you are - in the boardroom or bedroom.

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