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Last Updated on January 2, 2020

15 Best Android Productivity Apps (2020 Version)

15 Best Android Productivity Apps (2020 Version)

You’re a busy person. Despite having the capability of installing dozens of apps, you only want to install the best. The problem is you’re not sure what the best is.

There are too many online articles referencing the same apps. And when you do install some of them, you find yourself cluttering your phone with apps you don’t use.

The solution? Install only the apps that will help you become more productive?

The truth is no app alone will help you become productive. You need to build the right mindset and become laser-focused with your goals.

So the real solution is to start by building a productive mindset.

In this article, I’ll not only look into the Android productivity apps you need, but some extra advice on how to be productive.

15 Best Android productivity apps

Here’s a list I’ve compiled of some the best apps to help you become a productivity machine.

1. Five Minute Journal

    What’s a better way to start your mornings or end your nights than scribbling down your thoughts? Backed up by research, journaling helps you live a happy and productive lifestyle. Express gratitude and set daily goals with this app.

    Features Summary:

    • Track important goals
    • Practice gratitude
    • Attach images to journal timeline

    Cost:

    $5

    Install Five Minute Journal here!

    2. Todoist

      Todoist allows you to manage your tasks throughout your day. It’s a minimalist service with a great design across all the applications.

      Features Summary:

      • Create lists, email in tasks, colour code
      • Manage tasks with friends
      • Assign and delegate tasks to colleagues.

      Cost:

      FREE with in-app purchases

      Install Todoist here!

      3. Headspace

        Stop living in the past or future and live in the present instead. Headspace provides guided meditation to help your mind relax at its peak state. You’ll learn focus and breathing techniques that will transform your daily awareness.

        Features Summary:

        • Guide and unguided meditation recordings
        • Robust library
        • Attach images to journal timeline

        Cost:

        $96 annually

        Install Headspace here!

        4. Personal Capital

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          Don’t know your net worth or have a retirement plan? Personal Capital has you covered.

          Sync several bank accounts and discover hidden fees. The best part is being able to view your cash flow, income, and expenses in one simple dashboard.

          Features Summary:

          • Sync many accounts
          • Track your net worth
          • Plan for your future with Retirement Planner

          Cost:

          FREE

          Install Personal Capital here!

          5. Audible

            Instead of listening to random tunes in traffic, why not learn something new? Audible has a diverse range of books from its 100,000 catalog of titles. Transform your daily commutes one of the most productive parts of your day.

            Features Summary:

            • Robust book library
            • Listen on many devices
            • Take notes within the app

            Cost:

            Starting at $15 per month

            Install Audible here!

            6. RadioPublic

              If you’re strapped for time in learning new skills, Podcasts are a great resource to have. They’re free and it’s where experts share their insights on a wide range of topics.

              Features Summary:

              • Downloadable episodes
              • Organize episodes with Smart Folders
              • Episodes automatically download

              Cost:

              FREE

              Install RadioPublic here!

              7. Google Calendar

                Stop storing your appointments in your head and put them in Google Calendar instead. With Google Calendar, you’re able to schedule individual or team events. You can create several calendars or invite others around their schedule.

                Features Summary:

                • Create several calendars
                • Color code different events
                • Integrated with Gmail & Google Tasks

                Cost:

                FREE

                Install Google Calendar here!

                8. ATracker

                  Do you know how much time you’ve spent doing actual work? If you’re not using ATracker, chances are that you don’t. Create custom categories and track how much time you spend being productive.

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                  Features Summary:

                  • Create custom tasks
                  • Bar and pie chart reporting
                  • UI customization

                  Cost:

                  $4.99

                  Install ATracker here!

                  9. Evernote

                    Never lose important notes again. Evernote allows you to capture, and organize your ideas on the go. Other capabilities include being able to attach documents, audio, and much more.

                    Features Summary:

                    • Organize text, audio, attachments and much more
                    • Clip material from the web
                    • Collaborate with team members

                    Cost:

                    FREE

                    Install Evernote here!

                    10. WorkFlowy

                      The best way to approach any task is by breaking it down into smaller chunks. WorkFlowy allows you to organize your tasks by making lists. The best part is that you can create detailed lists and not feel overwhelmed.

                      Features Summary:

                      • Easy to use interface
                      • Organize complex information in a friendly format
                      • Sync information through web and mobile applications

                      Cost:

                      $4.99 per month

                      Install WorkFlowy here!

                      11. Hootsuite

                        Logging in several social media accounts can get draining. Instead, sync all your social media platforms in one place. Schedule posts, track accounts and view your social analytics with Hootsuite.

                        Features Summary:

                        • Sync 35+ social media accounts
                        • Assign and approve workflows with team management
                        • Follow important topics with no hassle

                        Cost:

                        FREE (up to 3 social profiles)

                        Install Hoostsuite here!

                        12. PomoDone

                          The Pomodoro technique

                          is a management tactic used to work without burning out. PomoDone follows the Pomodoro technique, allowing you to sync tasks with popular apps. Track time spent on important tasks and do more without burning out.

                          Features Summary:

                          • Customize workflow intervals
                          • Automatic time logging
                          • Browser plugin to launch app quickly

                          Cost:

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                          Starting at $14.50 annually

                          Install PomoDone here!

                          13. Wunderlist

                            Create grocery lists, plan for a project, or share your to-do list with Wunderlist. Once you create tasks you can assign them due dates, and reminders to ensure they get completed. You can even turn email into tasks by sending them to Wunderlist.

                            Features Summary:

                            • Tasks sync with the calendar
                            • Share your tasks with friends and colleagues
                            • Personalized UI

                            Cost:

                            FREE for basic plan, $4.99 monthly for unlimited tasks

                            Install Wunderlist here!

                            14. Google Drive

                              Google drive allows you to store information from Gmail and Google Photos. Once stored you’re able to search objects within images or even text in scanned documents. Plus, you can collaborate with others using documents, presentations, or spreadsheets.

                              Features Summary:

                              • Customized file access restrictions
                              • Scanned documents automatically convert into PDF
                              • Make files available offline

                              Cost:

                               FREE for basic plan, starting at $1.99 per month

                              Install Google Driver here!

                              15. Voice Recorder

                                Stop letting important thoughts pass. Record important meetings or memos using your built-in microphone with Voice Recorder. Once finished you can replay all your recordings within this app.

                                Features Summary:

                                • Share recordings
                                • Simple to use interface

                                Cost:

                                FREE

                                Install Voice Recorder here!

                                So stick with the above apps that fuel you with productivity!

                                Bonus Tip: Create Productive Habits to Make These Apps Work for You

                                But besides using the above apps, start creating productive habits that I’m going to reveal to you.

                                1. Transform Your Mornings to Being Productive

                                Start your mornings with productivity.

                                Here’s what I mean, wake up an hour earlier each morning to organize your day before you get distracted. The problem is that if you start your mornings without intention you’ll do only what’s thrown at you.

                                For example, you’ll complete your assigned tasks at work and feel like you’ve had a productive day.

                                But was it productive? If you aren’t getting closer towards your most important goals each day then you didn’t do much. That’s why morning rituals are the most important part of your day.

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                                There’s a reason why successful people like Tim Ferris, Tony Robbins, and Oprah have morning rituals. Because they work. Morning rituals prime your mind for success by setting clear intentions.

                                Your morning ritual consists of many habits. But, the most important ones are journaling and meditating. Meditating will clear your mind from all mental distractions. And once your mind is clear you can begin setting your daily goals.

                                2. Increase Your Odds at Succeeding by Setting Goals

                                Setting goals is an art. Set the bar too high and you will never complete anything. But, set the bar low and you’ll only complete mediocre tasks.

                                So what’s the best way to set goals? Using a journal to write S.M.A.R.T goals you wish to do each day. Research has shown that people who set clear goals are more likely to succeed vs those who don’t.[1]

                                So how do you know which goals to set?

                                Start by asking yourself the following questions:

                                • Am I happy with my current job?
                                • What do I want to learn next?
                                • Am I content with my financial situation?

                                Your goal should be meaningful to you. Otherwise, it’s less likely that you’ll complete it.

                                Once you’ve settled on a few goals you’d like to do, start breaking them down into smaller chunks.

                                For example, if you plan to lose some weight and want to lose 10lbs in 3 months, set a goal to lose 3lbs each month. At the end of the day write down your progress in your journal, and repeat this process daily.

                                3. Beat Down Your Daily Distractions

                                You already know that waking up earlier helps you avoid completing unimportant tasks. But this isn’t enough. You need to cut most of your distractions.

                                What are they? It depends.

                                Somedays it can be your coworkers and others it can be your favorite TV show. The first step is to become aware of what distracts you the most.

                                But most people’s distraction is in their pocket. Your smartphone is a great tool to stay productive but more often than not it’s used for the wrong reasons. A recent study revealed that smartphone addiction leads to feeling more anxious and productivity loss.

                                So how can you cut distractions from your smartphone?

                                First, acknowledge that your smartphone it’s diminishing your productivity. If you’re constantly checking your smartphone throughout the day then that’s a problem. It may not seem like much, but 5 to 10 minutes of free time can equate to 1+ hours each day.

                                Then work your way towards eliminating other distractions. Don’t overthink this. Any task that prevents you from giving your full attention to an important task is a distraction.

                                Try these tips:

                                • Go on airplane mode when working on important tasks
                                • Reconfigure your phone’s notifications so not every single app’s notifications pop up to you
                                • Uninstall apps you haven’t used in the last 30 days
                                • Use apps that encourage productivity

                                Most importantly, be patient with yourself. You will fumble the first few weeks. Why?

                                Because you’re eliminating habits you’d built over the years.

                                Becoming Productive

                                Imagine completing your most important tasks each day and feeling in control. The best part is that your smartphone apps only contribute a small part of your success. You’ve eliminated bad habits and adopted a more productive lifestyle.

                                Amazing, right?

                                You now have a list of some of the best apps out there to help you become productive. But don’t rely solely on these apps. Instead, practice on setting your intentions each morning.

                                Set goals and plan for your future.

                                “If You Don’t Build Your Dream, Someone Will Hire You to Help Build Theirs” — Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

                                Make your mornings the most productive part of your day and watch great things happen.

                                Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

                                Reference

                                [1] Harvard University: Setting Goals: Who? Why? How?

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                                How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                                How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                                What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

                                When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

                                In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

                                While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

                                As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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                                  Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

                                  The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

                                  But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

                                  However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

                                  This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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                                  Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

                                  We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

                                  Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

                                  Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

                                  The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

                                  When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

                                  When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

                                  How to Make Decision Effectively

                                  Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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                                  1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

                                  You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

                                  Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

                                  Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

                                  2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

                                  You don’t have to choose all the time.

                                  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

                                  Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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                                  3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

                                  You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

                                  The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

                                  Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

                                  Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

                                  So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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