It’s hard not to be obsessed with productivity, especially when we’re bombarded with consumable media like the “Getting Things Done” podcast and books like Tim Ferris’ The 4-Hour Work Week. Our culture constantly preaches about being more efficient when we work so that we have more free time.
But finishing work more quickly with less effort isn’t quite that simple—if it were that simple, everyone would be masters of time management! Luckily, there are a number of productivity apps you can use to be a little more efficient during the day, regardless of your work style.
What are productivity apps?
If you’ve ever browsed the app store on your phone and gracefully skipped over the category for “productivity,” you aren’t alone. After a long workday, the last thing you want to do is download an app that’ll put you more in touch with your tasks, deadlines, and to-do lists.
However, productivity apps are there to make your life easier by putting you in touch with ways to improve your efficiency. The best productivity apps are the ones that save you hours of precious time, which you can then apply to your hobbies, social life, and free time.
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Top productivity apps in 2019
Todoist: To-Do List & Tasks
According to iMore, “If your goal is to spend as little time as possible organizing and more time doing, Todoist offers the simplicity you’re looking for.”
For those of us with lots of things to remember during the week, Todoist makes it easy to keep track of all of your tasks in one place. This app is essentially a super-organized to-do list that you can use personally or with a team.
From simple errands to your most pressing projects, Todoist can help you build a lasting habit of checking things off your list based on color-coordinated priority.
You’ll never miss a deadline again with this helpful app, which allows you to set recurring due dates like “every third Thursday.” Plus, Todoist integrates with 60+ popular apps like Amazon’s Alexa, Dropbox, Slack, and Zapier to even better organize your output.
Timepage by Moleskin
If you’re less of a to-do list person and more of a calendar-tracker type, Moleskin’s Timepage is a surefire app for managing your schedule like a pro. Unlike other calendar productivity apps, Timepage has one of the sleekest designs on the market that will make you want to add every single event in your life to its elegant little interface.
Some of the most notable features of Timepage include commuting/travel time estimates, a heatmap of your month’s busiest days, detailed weather forecasts, countdown clocks, and even a daily briefing.
This user-friendly app also lets you customize the colors and fonts to your liking. With such beautiful aesthetics, you’ll be so in-tune with your schedule that you’ll forget you ever showed up late to an event in the past.
In today’s web-driven world, there are few jobs that escape the use of email and online communication. With Grammarly, you will never have to worry about sending your boss a memo with grammar or spelling mistakes again.
Essentially, Grammarly acts as a second pair of eyes. As you type, it will automatically alert you if you’ve forgotten to capitalize a name or misplaced a punctuation mark, or if your sentence is unclear.
Grammarly is also a great tool for developing your writing skills, which will boost the amount of writing tasks you’ll get done during the day (and, subsequently, improve your productivity). That’s because Grammarly not only points out errors, but it also helps you understand your mistakes so you can avoid them in the future.
IFTTT: If This, Then That
With the motto of “Everything works better together,” this ingenious productivity app connects all of your favorite apps and services in one organized place. By automating your tasks, your devices will create seamless experiences for you that will free up your brainpower for more important things.
IFTTT, which stands for “If This, Then That,” lets you turn on connections between over 630 apps. You can choose from hundreds of pre-made “applets” or create your own.
For example, some popular IFTTT applets include:
- If I post a picture on Instagram, save it to Dropbox.
- Turn on my porch lights when I get home.
- Add new film releases (U.S.) to my Google Calendar.
- Send my partner a text when I leave work.
If you are looking for a way to track your progress toward a goal, Strides is a great way to make sure your eye is on the prize. You can choose from Stride’s library of popular goals—like “eat more veggies” or “spend less time on social media”—or you can create your own.
With four unique tracker types, you can easily customize Strides to fit your style of motivation. Before long, Strides will equip you with the perfect daily routine that leaves you feeling inspired by the visible progress you’re making.
By integrating one or more of these productivity apps into your daily work routine, you can get more done in less time. It’s a simple equation that, when mastered, will make your life more efficient than ever before.