Productivity Apps: Use These to Stop Wasting Time

We’re all wasting time.. constantly!

Sometimes it’s a ping from our phones – notifications are probably the worst culprits! Other times we just spend hours scrolling mindlessly through Instagram, Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, Slack, or basically anything else we can use as a distraction.

But we have shit to do!! We need to stop wasting time and be productive!

Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

How else will we make money to buy food for our (fur) babies? To pay for our trips?

Our houses aren’t going to renovate themselves!! Our kids’ homework won’t check itself.

You get the idea.

You’ve got shit to do. You’re distractable. You’re distracted. You’re wasting time.

You want help to stop wasting time and be more productive.

I got you.

Here are:

The Best Productivity Apps (if you want to get stuff done!)

Free Productivity Apps

Many of the productivity apps listed below are FREE! You can find the free ones by checking the COST, and looking for the highlighted text that will look like this:

Cost: FREE!

Paid Productivity Apps

Other productivity apps listed here are paid, or have a paid upgrade option. Those will be listed under COST for each app.

Productivity Apps for Android

Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

The compatibility is listed under each app, BUT to make life easier for you, here’s a nice list of each productivity app I’ve included below that works on Android devices!

  • Trello
  • Evernote
  • Google Keep
  • Buffer
  • Notebook
  • MindMeister
  • OneNote
  • nTask
  • Scanbot
  • Any.do
  • Forest
  • Freedom
  • Todoist: To-Do List and Task Manager
  • Noisli
  • TMetric – Time Tracker & Productivity App
  • Taskade
  • AnyList: Grocery Shopping LIst

Productivity Apps for iOS

Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

The compatibility is listed under each app, BUT to make life easier for you, here’s a nice list of each productivity app I’ve included below that works on iOS devices!

  • Trello
  • Evernote
  • Google Keep
  • Buffer
  • Notebook
  • MindMeister
  • OneNote
  • nTask
  • Scanbot
  • Things 3
  • Any.do
  • Forest
  • Freedom
  • Todoist: To-Do List and Task Manager
  • Noisli
  • TMetric – Time Tracker & Productivity App
  • Taskade
  • AnyList: Grocery Shopping List

Productivity Chrome Extensions

Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

The compatibility is listed under each app, BUT to make life easier for you, here’s a nice list of each productivity extension I’ve included below that works in Chrome 🙂

  • Trello
  • Evernote
  • Google Keep
  • OneNote
  • Forest
  • Workona
  • Freedom
  • Todoist: To-Do List and Task Manager
  • Tide – Focus Timer & White Noise
  • Noisli
  • TMetric – Time Tracker & Productivity App
  • Taskade
  • Any.do

22 Productivity Apps for Getting Shit Done:

Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

Trello

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $9.99 / user / month or more for Business or Enterprise Plans

What it does: Create Boards of lists to store cards, to-do items, lists, ideas, quotes, web pages, etc. Share with team mates or friends, integrate into other productivity apps. Instantly sync across all devices.

Where to get it: Trello.com, Chrome web Store, App Store, Google Play

Compatible with: Android, iOS, Chrome, web


Evernote

Cost: FREE – for basic plan

Pay to Upgrade: $7.99 / month for Premium
$14.99 / user / month for Business

What it does:Take notes, make lists, clip text or articles from sites, digitize & organize files, photos, & voice memos – synced across multiple devices with secure cloud storage.

Where to get it: App Store, Google Play, Microsoft

Compatible with: Android, iOS, Chrome


Google Keep

Cost: FREE

What it does: Keep notes, lists, bookmark sites w/ notes. Organize with colors and labels. Record a voice memo with automatic transcription. Set reminders for important items. Share items with others, pin important items to the top. Sync items across devices. Runs offline.

Where to get it: Chrome Web Store, Google Play, App Store

Compatible with: Android, iOS, web, nearly all devices


Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

Buffer

Cost: $15 / month – $99 / month depending on which plan you choose

What it does: Plan & collaborate on social content. Plan & collaborate posts with a content calendar. Particularly helpful with Instagram marketing. Share a team inbox and reply to social conversations.

Where to get it: Buffer.com, App Store, Google Play

Compatible with: Android, iOS, web


Hootsuite

Cost: FREE (3 profiles, 1 user)

Pay to Upgrade: $29 / month – Professional Plan (10 profiles, 1 user)
$129 / month – Team Plan (20 profiles, 3 users)
$599 / month – Business Plan (35 profiles, 5-10 users)

What it does: Schedule all social media posts, manage social content, track social media results and learn data-based insights, filter by hashtag, location, and more.

Where to get it: Hootsuite.com

Compatible with: Web – connect with 35 social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram, Linkedin, Pinterest, etc.


Notebook

Cost: FREE

What it does: Take notes, lists, record & store audio files (voice memos, etc), store photos, store files (PDF’s word documents, spreadsheets, etc), sketch & store sketches, save web content. Syncs across multiple devices

Where to get it: App Store, Google Play, Mac App Store, Windows, Linux

Compatible with: All devices


Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

MindMeister

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $4.99 / month Personal plan
$8.25 / user / month Pro plan
$12.49 / user / month Business plan

What it does: Develop mind maps (provides templates) for brainstorming and sharing ideas, allows team collaboration, assign tasks to different members, attach files, assign priorities and due dates, color themes and presentations.

Where to get it: App Store, Google Play

Compatible with: Android, iOS, Web


OneNote

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $7.99 / month Premium
$14.99 / user / month Business

What it does: Take notes, keep lists, organize tasks, jot down ideas. Collaborate with teammates or employees, clip articles and websites and save them for later. Sync across multiple devices and share with friends. (The Microsoft version of Evernote, basically)

Where to get it: Onenote.com, App Store, Google Play, Windows, Chrome web Store

Compatible with: iOS, Android, PC, Mac


nTask

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $2.99 or $7.99 / user / month

What it does: Organize and track tasks, projects, time spent on tasks, schedule meetings, set priorities, set due dates for goals and tasks. In-app calendar allows you to track all upcoming tasks, meetings, and more. Track employee timesheets, issue time sheet approvals, and more.

Where to get it: App Store, Google Play

Compatible with: iOS, Android, Web


Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

Scanbot

Cost: FREE (QR codes & bar codes only)

Pay to Upgrade for document detection, color filters, PDF creation and more. $4-8 per month, depending on package

What it does: Scans documents, receipts, bills, whiteboards, sketchbooks, QR codes, etc., optimizes images, saves to PDF. It also allows PDF editing, document signing, photo editing & filters, sends faxes, allows upload to various cloud storage programs and sharing and more!

Where to get it: App Store, Google Play

Compatible with: Android, iOS


Zapier

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $19.99 / month – $599 / month depending on your plan

What it does: Integrate various apps to work together, to work for you. Engage with customer leads, notify team members about opportunities, import new customers, and track data from various platforms in one app.

Where to get it: Zapier.com

Compatible with: WordPress, Gmail, DropBox

Things 3

Cost: $9.99 +

What it does: Creates lists for daily activities and tasks, upcoming events & tasks, “someday” dreams and aspirations. Stay focused on daily tasks, but map out long term tasks as well. Syncs across devices. Share lists with others.

Where to get it: App Store

Compatible with: all Apple devices


Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

Forest

Cost: $1.99 (also offers in-app purchases)

What it does: Help save you from internet addiction, and block you from using distracting apps while working, studying, spending time with friends, etc. Spend 30 minutes at a time being present and off of your device, or distracting websites. For each 30 minute block, you “plant a tree” which later grows. If you come back to the distracting apps or sites, your tree withers and dies.

Forest is partnered with Trees for the Future to plan real trees on Earth. When users spend virtual coins they earn in the app, Forest donates to their partner who uses the money to plant trees.

Where to get it: App Store, Google Play, Chrome Web Store, Firefox Plugin

Compatible with: iOS, Android, Chrome, Firefox


Workona

Cost: FREE

What it does: Allows you to organize tabs in Google Chrome to stay focused on only one topic.

Where to get it: Chrome web Store

Compatible with: Chrome


Freedom

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $6.99 / month, $29.04 / year, or $129 Forever

Discount Code: NEW30 for 30% off Freedom Yearly or Forever

What it does: Block certain websites for certain blocks of the day. Stop browsing, scrolling, and shopping when you should be working or spending time with loved ones.

Where to get it: Chrome web Store, App Store, Google Play, Windows

Compatible with: Chrome, Linux, Firefox, Android, iOS, PC, Mac,


Todoist: To-Do List and Task Manager

Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $3 or $6 per month, depending on plan

What it does: Organize and plan your tasks, plan your day, save links or websites as to-do items (blogs, articles, etc.). Syncs across multiple devices. Available in team or group format to share tasks and accountability.

Where to get it: Microsoft, Mac App Store, App Store, Google Play, Chrome web Store, Firefox plugin, Gmail plugin, Outlook Plugin

Compatible with: All Apple devices, Android, web, etc. (basically everywhere)


Tide – Focus Timer and White Noise

Cost: FREE

What it does: Plays white noise for a period of time for focused work, then allows a break. Also tracks time on various websites so you can see your wasted time on social media, etc. Based on the Pomodoro technique.

Where to get it: Chrome Web Store

Compatible with: Chrome


Noisli

Cost: FREE

What it does: Plays sounds to help you Relax or Be Productive. There are random settings, pre-sets, or you can make your own from the layers of available sounds (white noise, rain, trains, fan, wind, coffee shop, etc.) Use the timer for productivity sessions, share your favorite combos with friends, and write Distraction-free in their in-site text editor.

Where to get it: Chrome Web Store, App Store, Google Play

Compatible with: Chrome, iOS, Android


Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

TMetric- Time Tracker & Productivity App

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $5 or $7 / month depending on plan

What it does: Tracks the time you spend doing web-based activities.

Where to get it: Chrome web Store, Firefox Plugin, App Store, Google Play

Compatible with: Desktop, iOS, Android


Taskade

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $7 / month for Premium

What it does: Make to do lists, mind maps, tasks, road maps / action plans. Capability of sharing with a team, live syncing, and more.

Where to get it: App Store, Google Play, Windows, Chrome web Store, Firefox plugin

Compatible with: Web, PC, Mac, iOS, Android


Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

AnyList: Grocery Shopping List

Cost: Free

What it does: Store & Organize Recipes, Create shopping lists, grocery lists, and other checklists. Add ingredients from stored recipes into grocery lists. Share lists with family & friends & sync across your group

Where to get it: App Store, Google Play, Online

Compatible with: Android, iOS, Web


Any.do

Cost: FREE

Pay to Upgrade: $5.99 / month

What it does: Organize tasks, lists, and reminders. Create tasks and subtasks, and easily move items around between lists. Sync across multiple devices. Track tasks and to-do items in an in-app calendar. Labels and colors help distinguish important items.

Where to get it: Google Play, App Store, Windows, Chrome web Store

Compatible with: Everything! Android, iOS, Mac, Desktop, Chrome, etc.


Productivity apps to help you stay focused and get stuff done!

I hope you can use one or two of these apps to help you be more productive, stay focused, achieve your goals, and generally get shit done!

Let me know what your favorite productivity app is in the comments below!

and remember, make good life choices!
~ Allison

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