Did you know… that on average you check your phone 80 times PER DAY?! That pesky little smartphone consumes 23 hours of your time each week. That’s 1,196 hours per year!

I’m willing to bet that during the work week, a majority of your “smartphone time” is probably spent in reaction mode (responding to emails and texts) or it’s spent on non-productive activities (browsing Instagram, Facebook and Twitter).

What if, when you reached for your phone, you opened a PRODUCTIVITY app instead of a REACTIVITY app? What if you spent just 15% of your time inside apps that focus your energy on what YOU are trying to achieve?

If you did, that would earn you an extra 22 days per year to focus on being productive!

Here are 5 apps that will get you out of reactivity mode and into productivity mode. 


If you read 10 personal development books, half of them would suggest you find a mentor. I agree, but that task is difficult and time consuming. Listening to podcasts is a shortcut to finding all the mentors you need to grow as a salesperson, a marketer, a leader…whatever life-skills you want to improve. Some of the most successful people in each field have podcasts where they literally tell you, step-by-step, exactly what made them successful. Comment below or shoot me an email for some podcast recommendations!


I’m not dead set specifically on evernote, but you should have a digital note taking app on your smartphone. For me, Evernote is my digital brain. Everything goes into this app, including my day-to-day task list, my long term goals, my book list (including notes from every book I’m reading), and detailed notes from customer meetings. 

The great thing about evernote (or any digital note taking platform), is that it contains notes on your priority list, not everyone else’s (i.e. email). 


If you’re not using a sale pipeline tool, PLEASE look into getting one. Or if your company is forcing you to use one, download the app to your phone and get excited about using it. Our close rate increased by 30% once we implemented Pipedrive. And having the app on your smartphone makes it easy to look at your opportunities, open deals, activities, etc, all on the go! 


The great thing about Kindle is you can have a sales book at your fingertips while you’re out and about. If you have a few spare minutes during your day, open Kindle instead of Instagram. The extra knowledge you pickup throughout your day will add up!


This app will turn any receipt or document into a PDF and you can quickly email or store in the cloud. Also, it syncs with Evernote, which isn’t a bad thing. 

What are your favorite sales or productivity apps? 

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Brad Telker
Vice President, Applied Systems Group at cfm Distributors, Inc.

Brad joined the cfm team in 2006, and now as the Vice President of the Applied Systems Group, he focuses on business development, as well as helping contractors and engineers find creative and unique solutions to any size HVAC project. When he’s not at work, Brad enjoys reading, running and spending time with his family