When you look online for the best productivity apps, you’ll come across a lot of articles praising various time-tracking apps, calendars, and to-do lists.
Personally, I don’t rate any of those because they’re just more apps I have to install, spend time on learning how to use, and then continuously update.
That’s not productive.
Not only that, but time-tracking apps will stress you out, which means you’ll now have to download a separate app like Headspace to calm you down again.
What is productive are apps that save you time by automating tasks, synchronizing data across devices, and facilitating easy communication with your friends and colleagues.
If you own a smartphone then you already have an app to track your schedule and an app to take notes with. That’s why I’ve disregarded a lot of similar apps in this article.
The best part about all of these productivity apps? They’re free to use! They all have paid options (of course, they’re businesses!) but you can still use them without spending a dime.
Ready to do more in less time?
Let’s have a look at some of the best apps to organize your life and increase your productivity.
Buffer is a social media scheduling tool that allows you to plan your posts, images, and videos far in advance. This app will save you loads of time updating your social media profiles.
Trello is a project management tool that helps you create to-do lists, share files, and collaborate with a team. You can also sync Trello with your calendar app so you never miss a reminder.
3. Google Drive
Google Drive is a cloud-based storage app you can use to access any file from any device. It’s also integrated with Google Docs and Google Sheets, which kills three birds with one stone.
Canva is a graphic design tool that takes the hassle out of creating visual designs. It comes with ready-made templates for just about anything so can make an image or brochure in minutes.
Pushbullet is a notification tool that synchronizes all notifications, messages, and reminders across your devices. Note that it’s available for Mac, but works best with Android and Windows.
Grammarly is a spell-checker app that is far superior to any other spell-checker. It’ll take the hassle out of writing and will provide suggestions for the best way to write your sentences.
CloudConvert is an online file converter that’ll let you open over 200 different file types. Forget about hunting online for a way convert that .xls or .psd file you were sent by a colleague.
Evernote is an app that allows you to collect any images, articles, and links you come across in one place. You can also use it to set reminders so you don’t forget to follow up on your notes.
Slack is a communication app that allows you to chat with your team and share files you’re working on. Its best feature is that it integrates with many other apps like Google Drive.
Zapier is a synchronization app that connects all your other apps. You can set up triggers that for example saves incoming email attachments to your Google Drive automatically.
What are you waiting for?
Download any or all of these productivity apps and you’ll not only save time, but you’ll also save some cognitive energy for the stuff that actually matters: work, family, friends, and leisure.
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