Want to work smarter instead of harder in the coming year? Of course you do!
We’ve compiled a list of 10 productivity apps that will help you better manage your projects and time.
Working with any combination of these tools is sure to streamline your processes and maximize your efficiency.
What Is a ‘Productivity App?’
For the sake of this list, we’re defining a productivity app as any software that makes your work quicker and easier. Productivity apps can save you precious hours when used consistently.
The following apps are in no particular order. The ones you choose to use will depend heavily on the areas in which you’d like to be more productive. So take inventory of your current projects, and then select the apps that will help you reach your goals.
AND.CO is a one-stop shop for freelancers and independent contractors. Send invoices, proposals, and contracts; track your time (which is incredibly helpful if you’re charging for a service by the hour); set aside money for taxes; and manage your client list.
You can also upload files to Shoebox, a place for receipts and other documents that you can then attach to individual projects.
The best part of AND.CO is that all the above features are included in their free version.
Upgrading to a PRO account for $18/month allows you unlimited active clients, removes all AND.CO branding, makes contracts and proposals editable, and provides you with priority support.
Subscription options: Free, PRO ($18/month)
Flock is an online collaboration app that organizes your team’s conversations in one convenient platform.
Easily access your company directory and begin a private chat, video conference, or channel with any and all members. Flock also makes sharing files or images simple through its drag-and-drop feature. Use the search bar to quickly find a particular conversation, file, or link, or set a reminder so you won’t miss an important deadline.
You can also convert discussions to tasks and invite guests to relevant channels, whether they be freelancers, vendors, or others working alongside you on a particular project. Not to mention, you can automate your workflow and integrate your most frequently used third-party apps.
Subscription options: Free plan, Pro plan ($4.50/month billed annually or $6/month billed monthly)
Asana is a straightforward work management platform that helps you stay focused on your objectives, projects, and daily tasks. Its visual project ‘Boards’ allow you to set priorities and deadlines and share details and assign tasks across your team—perfect for keeping everyone on the same page.
Features include ‘Calendar,’ ‘Timeline,’ and ‘Portfolios,’ which allow you to see how your projects are progressing in real time. This can be helpful for addressing risks and reporting updates to stakeholders and supervisors.
Lastly, you can integrate third-party apps. Currently, there are more than 100 compatible integrations.
Subscription options: Basic, Premium ($10.99/month billed annually or $13.49 billed monthly), Business ($24.99/month billed annually or $30.49 billed monthly)
ToDoist is a task manager that helps you make progress on what can seem like a never-ending to-do list. Not only does it track your tasks, but most importantly, it allows you to organize and prioritize them, so you’ll always know what to work on next. You can bookmark favorites, create recurring due dates, or add sections or subtasks.
If you’re working in a team, you can delegate or leave comments on tasks. There’s also a template library, which can help you select the best task management framework for your specific project.
Lastly, you'll receive ‘Karma’ for completing tasks and maintaining productivity streaks. You can visualize your progress through a nice, clean, line chart.
Subscription options: Free, Premium ($3/month billed annually), Business ($5/month billed annually)