TOP-10 Apps To Increase Your Productivity In 2020

We all want to be productive. In fact, over the past few years, everyone has only been talking about productivity and ways to become more productive, as well as the relationship between productivity and success, sharing their own experience of improving productivity and all that. How many times did we mention the word "productivity" in the previous sentence? Quite a lot. Productivity has become our mantra and something every person strives for. Will this be the trend of 2020? Definitely yes! Therefore, today we’ll talk about which applications can become your faithful assistant on the way to increase personal productivity. But first, let's figure out what we mean by the term "productivity app."

Productivity App: What’s a Stranger? 

Before answering the question about “productivity application,” let's understand what the most important factor and indicator of your productivity is. Undoubtedly, it’s time. The amount of time that you spend on solving a particular problem will be your productivity. So, any tool that one way or another can save you time could become a productivity assistant in.

Now everything has become clear! A productivity application is nothing more than some software that you can install on your device, which will help you better manage your time. Some applications from our list will help to solve simple routine tasks, others you can use for planning. In any case, no matter what they do, you will definitely become more productive with them in the new year!

Rescue time

Rescue time app screenshot

Developer: Rescue Time Team
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: free

Rescue time app was released for Android and iOS devices. You can get it for free on Google Play and Apple Store, respectively. The app is a powerful time-management tool that tracks how do you spend time every day. With Rescue Time, users can get rich insights into what they do and how much time they spend on a particular task or activity, analyze it, and start building new healthy habits. 

To give a more illustrative example: try to treat your personal time as a business metric that needs to be optimized. How would you start this process? Of course, from the analysis of the status quo Before you begin to increase productivity, analyze what is happening now and determine where exactly your time is spent unproductively. At this stage, Rescue time is an indispensable assistant.

Any.do

Any.do app screenshot

Developer: Any.do
Platforms: Android, iOS, macOS, web, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Microsoft Windows, Wear OS, Apple Watch
Price: free

When people talk about productivity, they simply cannot go without mentioning the planning of their own time. Many books have been written about time management, and a million lectures have been given. We just want to introduce you to an application that can become your favorite and indispensable tool for planning your tasks — Any.do. What makes it ‘shine like a diamond’ among other similar to-do applications? 

The most powerful thing, in our opinion, is that the app automatically integrates with your calendar on the device to create a single interface. Users can see the planned events and appointments from the calendar and a to-do list on one screen. Besides this, Any.do has plenty of other useful and nifty features, such as location-based reminders, integrations with other apps, and productivity reports. 

Productive - Habit Tracker

Productive - Habit Tracker app screenshot

Developer: Any.do
Platforms: iOS
Price: free

With modern technology, it has become very easy to motivate yourself, build new habits, and, of course, track your own progress. And with the Productive app, it becomes even more interesting and fun! The clear and beautiful interface of the application allows you to focus on setting up and building your habits to increase productivity, not on figuring out how the app works. A variety of customization tools provides you with an easy-to-use tool for creating, editing, and deleting habits. Also, the Productive app has a statistical section where you can see your own progress and identify the activities in which you turned out great and the ones in which you need to push a little more.

Trello

Trello ios app screenshot

Developer: Atlassian Corporation Plc
Platforms: iOS, Android, web, macOS, Microsoft Windows
Price: free

Developed by the American software company, Trello is one of the most recognizable and widely used planning tools around the world. It utilizes the Kanban approach for list-making. Trello greatly suits for individual purposes as well as for working in teams of different sizes. Here, users can create task boards with several columns that can be easily moved. Inside the column, you can create blocks with tasks and assign them to anybody from your team. In addition, the application has a variety of work and personal templates, including web design, accounting, lesson planning, and so on. 

Edison Mail

Edison Mail app screenshot

Developer: Edison Software
Platforms: iOS, Android, macOS
Price: free

Have you ever tried to count the number of messages that come to your mail daily? How many are there? Units, tens, hundreds, maybe thousands? At some point in time, reading and filtering them becomes very difficult and tedious. But this significantly affects our productivity. What if you had such an assistant who would filter all the messages for you for absolutely free? Don’t believe this is possible? Yet it is true! Download Edison mail and see the magic in your mailbox. This free application can integrate with the vast majority of popular email providers and make your mailbox clear and beautiful. Still in doubt about the power of this app? Look at the number of rewards it has and what the largest media platforms say about Edison Mail. That says a lot! 

  • Google Play Store 2017: Android Excellence Program Winner
  • TheVerge - “The fastest email app around...”
  • Android Authority - “…useful features...great user interface…”
  • TechCrunch- “…like you’ve given the mail app an upgrade…”
  • CNET- “…imposes order on an unruly inbox…” 

Google Alerts

Developer: Google
Platforms: web
Price: free

Google Alerts by Google is a content change detection and notification service. If you are working in PR or marketing, you most probably know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the latest news. Sometimes only a couple of minutes can change the reputation of the whole company. But even if you are not a PR specialist, it is still important to read the news on a regular basis. Our world, like news sites, is full of information, so keeping track of everything is unrealistic for sure. Do you remember how much time you had to spend to find news about something that interests you? Google Alerts solves this problem. All you need to do is set up topics that interest you and subscribe to the update. Google will automatically collect, analyze and send you news from various sources and sites. 

Pocket 

Pocket app screenshot

Developer: Mozilla Corporation
Platforms: web, iOS, Android, macOS, Microsoft Windows, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Kobo eReaders
Price: free

Pocket is another useful application that helps you to consume news and content from various sources. Unlike Google Alerts, it has mobile applications for the Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and iOS devices. Pocket does not aggregate news for you, but it helps to consume them more smartly. Users can save the articles to Pocket lists for later reading. And the application allows you to read them even offline!

Forest

Forest app screenshot

Developer: Seekrtech
Platforms: Android, iOS, web
Price: free

Forest is a free application for Android and iOS mobile platforms. You can also install Forest extension on Google Chrome. Besides the fact that this application can be a good friend when it comes to focusing, Forest has another advantage that separates it from other applications on our list. It uses an unusual game timer where the time, while you focus, is a magical force for plant growth. Each plant has its own necessary time for growth. We often use this application in our team, and by the end of the evening, compare who could grow what. Try it, it's really very addictive!

LastPass

LastPass password manager app screenshot

Developer: LogMeIn
Platforms: web, Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux
Price: free

There is another productivity killer that we haven't talked about yet. But you do it every day! Imagine you go to work, turn on a computer, and what awaits you there? User account password. Next, you need to enter the program that you use to work. And, of course, not just one. And in your phone, there is also a lot of applications and services with passwords! People are used to inventing passwords, hoping that they will remember it for sure. But that doesn't work. Therefore, the next time you need to log in to any platform, you will have to search for a password for a long time. All this is detrimental to your productivity. The LastPass app allows you to keep and manage your passwords in one place. Besides passwords, you can also keep any other personal information. 

Google Assistant

Google Assistant ios app screenshot

Developer: LogMeIn
Platforms: web, Android, iOS, iPadOS, KaiOS, Linux
Price: free

We are sure that you have already heard about Google Assistant. It seems that only the lazy did not talk about the power of voice assistants. We will not be lazy and remind you about them too. What can you do with Google Assistant? Almost everything! Turn on background music, send messages, receive a call, listen to the news, set the alarm, add an appointment to the calendar and much more. And remember that all this is possible with the help of voice commands. Awesome!

Ready To Be Super-Productive In 2020?

After our list of applications, you simply cannot say no. We’ve gathered everything that will help you to focus, plan time, filter incoming information and much more. Share in the comments below which apps let you increase productivity.

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