Whether you work at home or in a traditional office — it’s important to stay on task and be productive. This way, you can genuinely enjoy your free time without having to worry about unfinished work.
For the remainder of the year, let’s crush procrastination and stay on track towards our goals. Mix and match these top 6 productivity apps to make your productivity life a whole lot easier!
It’s time to ditch traditional paper to-do lists and even the ones on your default notes app. Todolist is a simple and intuitive upgrade to the default notes app. It allows users to record and group tasks together based on projects and has a variety of additional features (e.g. notifications, quick add, reminders).
Todoist is a free app, but there is a premium feature with all features unlocked.
Everyone loves Google Docs. In fact, we’re working on this blog post on Google Docs as we speak. Create, share, and collaborate on documents at the snap of a finger. Best of all? You don’t need to worry about saving or transferring edited files back and forth.
Consider Google Sheets and Google Slides which have the same exact advantages too.
Google Doc is completely free (and so is the rest of the Google Suite).
Did you know there’s music designed for the brain? Combining neuroscience with specific frequencies can stimulate the brain to behave a certain way. Brain.fm is an app that plays music that enhances productivity, focus, relaxation, and even nap quality. Let the tunes work their magic!
Brain.fm is free to download and there’s a pro version too.
IFTTT (If This Then That)
Automation is incredibly valuable for productivity, and now there’s a perfect app for the task. IFTTT integrates with the other apps on your phone to set up different automations. It could be as simple as telling Google to remind you to drink water each day at a certain time or tracking your work hours.
By automating repetitive tasks, you get more time to spend with family and doing the things you love.
IFTTT is a free app.
Ever heard of the Pomodoro technique? It’s a structured way of being productive — with the most common setup being intervals of 25-minute work bursts and 5-minute rests. Engross has many time management features, but one of the most notable features is its Pomodoro technique. There’s also a nifty distraction tracker, which can compile when you are most distracted throughout the day.
Engross is free to download and use, but there is a premium version.
Forest is one of the most popular productivity app “games”. Whenever you want to focus, you simply open up the Forest app and plant a tree. The longer you resist the urge to go back on your phone, the bigger your tree will be. If you do leave before the timer ends, your tree will wither and die. To encourage a bit more fun, players are rewarded with new tree species and calming music as they progress.
One nifty feature is Forest’s partnership with Trees for the Future. As users play this game and rack up coins, they can exchange these coins to plant trees in real life.
Forest currently costs $3.99 with the option for additional in-app purchases. There are also frequent sales on the game, so be on the lookout.