Top 10 Best Apps to Skyrocket Your Productivity and Organization

Work from home and be efficient by using these simple tools

Working from home with all your technical gadgets can be quite distracting at some point, so here are our solutions to using technology towards a more organised and productive working day.

"Being organised will give you more free time, contribute to a cheerful nature, and add to the peace and security of your home."- Deniece Schofield

If you work from home or at least use a lot of tech gadgets in your daily routine, organising tasks, projects, emails and time management is probably hell. Fortunately, there are apps for everything, including keeping chaos out of your work life. We have collected the 10 best apps to cover all your needs.

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Evernote

This is a digital notebook that can be turned into your life journal. In Evernote you can collect everything you want to come back to later, save or remember in general. The app can store notes, images, PDF files and other documents, web pages and even emails.
With using the paid premium version, all the info can be automatically synced across devices even offline and shared with colleagues in a discussion.

Who is it for

Evernote is perfect for pretty much everyone, since it can be turned into a virtual workspace, where everything can be found, reviewed, discussed and kept a priority.

Price and OS

Free (Basic version); Available for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows

 

Trello

A very popular project management tool, which is perfect in visualising tasks and progress. It help you organise everything into cards and boards, group them, share them or sync them. It is a great collaboration tool, since it gives an overview of who is doing what and shows the progress made.

Who is it for

It can be used by any teams, either student or organisational, the perfect tool for project managers to monitor team member activity and assess performance. It can also be used for individual projects and tasks.

Price and OS

Free; Android and iOS

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Timeful

This is an interesting mixture between a calendar and a task manager. What is special about it is that it’s a smart app, learning from your interaction with it. Over the time, the app understands your manner of doing things and comes up with suggestions to create better habits and increase productivity.

Who is it for

It is perfect for the busy worker, with time-management issues, since the app not only organises tasks and appointments, but also helps you get rid of your habits, standing in the way of your productivity and see yourself become the organised person your mom would be proud of.

Price and OS

Free; iOS only, Timeful has announced the development of an Android app

 

Slack

This app is claimed to revolutionise teamwork and it is a sort of chat room, making group communication much easier than before. The app lets you upload your files from Google Drive, Twitter, Asana and many other services so everything will be at the same place.
It also makes it way easier to search and navigate through messages and files, follow the team discussion while still focusing on your work and has non-distracting notifications.

Who is it for

It is perfect for big and small teams, project managers or even students engaged in group work. What makes it special is that it removes the communication barrier of emails and distraction of talking via social media, by providing instant messages between team members with all the project information only a swipe away.

Price and OS

Free; Available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS

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Anti-social

This is the perfect app to get rid of distractions during the work day. It helps you block distracting websites for a certain amount of time so you can stay focused on your work. The app has a very easy to use interface, unlimited number of blocked websites and a block-time range between 15 minutes and 8 hours.

Who is it for

It is perfect for people working from home, stay at home moms and dads and students. It can also be used by anyone, wanting to eliminate their web procrastination and do something productive with their time.

Price and OS

Less than £10, for £13 it comes in a package with Freedom- a similar app, which can block entire internet access; Available for Mac and Windows

 

Stand up!

If you have already read our article on how sitting too much is killing you, then this is golden for you. Stand up! is an app to remind you to have regular breaks in order to not get carried away with working. It gives you the option to customise your working hours, break interval and location.

Who is it for

It is perfect for workaholics or home workers who often lose track of time in front of the computer. The app will help you remember your healthy breaks, needed to keep your productivity and concentration intact.

Price and OS

Free; Android and iOS

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Things

One widely used and talked about task manager. It has a simple to use interface, a lot of features and aims to help you plan your daily, weekly or monthly tasks by creating different to do lists,reminders and projects.

Who is it for

This app is perfect for the busy, chaotic worker, for whom daily planning is a nightmare. As long as you put in your tasks into Things, the app will make sure you don’t miss deadlines, meetings, project works and family dinners.

Price and OS

Available for Mac(£ 32) and iOS(£ 7) only.

 

Mint

A wonderful personal finance management app, allowing a full understanding of your finances, bank accounts, credit card and budgets. It will also provide you with detailed reports of your financial progress in the form of colourful and easy to understand charts. All your sensitive information is secure and if your phone gets lost or stolen, their system allows deleting all your information remotely.

Who is it for

Basically everyone can benefit from an app like this, it is also useful for managers with a business account to keep track of projects and perfect for all the self-employed home workers to keep track of their expenses.

Price and OS

Free; Android and iOS

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Dragon dictation

A great tool to avoid annoying chat conversations when you have other things to do. This genius app allows you to speak your words and then automatically send them anywhere you want on your device. This gives you a hands free experience and dictating chat messages is multiple times faster than actually typing them.

Who is it for

Everyone on the run, having a busy schedule and no time to waste. You can also use this if you’re working from home and don’t want to get distracted by typing on your phone and just speak your mind and remain focused on what you’re doing.

Price and OS

Free; iOs and Android (Android version called Dragon Remote Microphone)

 

Wunderlist

This is also a time and task management app, but more functional and with great design. It also allows you to share your to do lists with family and friends, print them out, set reminders and sync to all your devices.You can also nicely organise your files into folders and other unites to make sure nothing ever gets neglected.

Who is it for

Every worker that likes to keep track of their tasks but is also great for teams to share their to-dos on projects and track progress.

Price and OS

Free; Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, iPad

So there you have it- all you need to keep yourself organised and never miss out on work progress or another deadline again. Good luck!