3 Smart Apps That Harvard Loves

By Reader's Digest Editors from original

A recent poll of some of the hardest-working, tech-savviest bloggers revealed the tools they use to stay on track. Here’s the list from Harvard Business Review—which you can also find in our upcoming November issue:

GarminFit
“Some people use this app to monitor progress toward fitness goals, but I use it as a tool to boost my job performance. For instance, the app tells me that my heart rate begins to rise an  hour before a high-stakes presentation. As a result, I’ve been looking for ways to calm down, such as chatting with a tranquil colleague or going on a short walk before the big talk. The app data shows that these steps do calm me.”—James Wilson, senior researcher at Babson Executive Education

iCal
“Each year, I select five areas I want to focus most of my time on and write them on a piece of paper. Each morning, I transfer the most important items to accomplish for the day into time slots in my calendar. That forces me to make strategic choices about fitting the most pressing items into the limited space of my day.”—Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done.

HootSuite
“This app is a social media “dashboard” that lets me monitor and post to all my networks simultaneously. When I’ve written
a new blog or read something I want to share, I can let everyone know with a single entry rather than having to log on to each network separately. I use it to manage my Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ accounts, and you can also use it with Tumblr, WordPress, and Foursquare.”—Heidi Grant Halvorson, PhD, whose blog, “The Science of Success,” is at heidigranthalvorson.com