10 Top-Notch Productivity Apps - dummies

10 Top-Notch Productivity Apps

By Ciara Conlon

Taking control of your time, attention and habits can be made easier by trying out some of these cool apps. While they may not all be specifically designed with productivity in mind, using them will help you to get organised, exercise more for energy and meditate for greater focus and concentration.

  • Evernote: Remember everything with Evernote, a note-capture app that you can also use as a task manager. Evernote can run your life and your work, giving you a virtual space to store everything.

  • Todoist: This app is a simple yet effective task manager that has full integration with most email clients. Save your tasks in different projects and get more work done.

  • Dropbox: Cloud storage is essential in a world of multiple devices. Save a document to Dropbox, and access it on your computer, tablet, or phone.

  • MyFitnessPal: Stay in control of your diet and exercise with this essential app. Become aware of the composition of the meals you eat, and track your steps and daily exercise. Tracking is a great way to increase awareness and encourage you to stick to your goals.

  • Lift: If you want to create a new habit, Lift is a great way to track and monitor what you’re doing. Don’t fool yourself — get the facts.

  • Headspace: If you need help meditating or learning how to live more mindfully, Headspace can help with that. A small monthly fee gives you all the benefits of a personal Zen master.

  • Asana: A wonderful team task management tool, Asana is easy to use and free for small teams. The website comes with lots of easy-to-follow videos to help you get up and running and gives you ideas for how you can become a more effective company.

  • Eisenhower: This little app helps you to figure out what’s urgent and what’s important. It also has a Pomodoro timer to help you to focus in short bursts of time.

  • focus@will: focus@will is a music app created in conjunction with neuroscientists. The makers have digitally remastered music to help people to focus.

  • Pomodoro Keeper: A free timer app based on the Pomodoro technique. Pomodoro keeper helps you to focus your work efforts in timed 25-minute chunks with a 5-minute break in between.