Top 17 Apps to Make You More Productive

Technology is a double-sided blade in one big way. It can make you way more productive or it can do the exact opposite. Only one outcome is certain: Your productivity levels won't stay the same. Here's how to counteract your endless social media feeds and addictive YouTube rabbit holes with a few apps that are all designed to tip your attention span towards living its best life.

The Basics

Here's a quick look at the essential apps that everyone should know about, particularly the less efficient among us (you know who you are).

Evernote — take notes, sync them across all your platforms.

Pocket — save links all over the internet, read them all in this app later.

Slack — chat with team members or friends.

1Password — keep all your passwords in one place

Productivity at Work

Scanbot — quickly scan documents and keep them together

Dropbox and Google Drive — create and upload files, share them easily.

Newton — collect all your email accounts into one spot and handle them in the most productive way: At once. — this online meeting tool helps with the worst work problem: Lengthy meetings.

Doodle — and when you're planning out those meetings beforehand, just use this app to make sure everyone gets on the same page as quickly as possible.

Productivity at Home

Todoist — the only to-do list app you need.

Mindfulness, Headspace — meditation apps to help you slow down and destress

Blinkist — speed-reading app to help you learn more quickly. And possibly pick up some of that stress you just lost with your meditation app.

IFTTT — this meta-app will connect two seemingly unrelated services. It's great for streamlining your social media posts if you want to, say, autopost all the Instagram pics you hit “like” on to Twitter. More info here.

Buffer — speaking of social media streamlining, this application can help you plan out and schedule a ton of posts in advance.

Sleepytime — when you're ready to turn in for this night, turn to this site to let you know what your personal sleep cycle is, and when you should wake up.


Did you find this article helpful? Click on one of the following buttons
We're so happy you liked! Get more delivered to your inbox just like it.

We're sorry this article didn't help you today – we welcome feedback, so if there's any way you feel we could improve our content, please email us at

Written by:
Adam is a writer at and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for more than a decade. He was a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry, for which he was named a Digital Book World 2018 award finalist. His work has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect, and his art history book on 1970s sci-fi, 'Worlds Beyond Time,' is out from Abrams Books in July 2023. In the meantime, he's hunting down the latest news on VPNs, POS systems, and the future of tech.
Back to top