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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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                                What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                                What Is Creativity? We All Have It, and Need It

                                Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences? Growing up, did you ever have that ‘artistic’ sibling or friend who excelled in drawing, playing instruments or literature? And you maybe wondered why you can’t even compose a birthday card greeting–or that drawing stick figures is the furthest you’ll ever get to drawing a family portrait. Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent; only a special group of people are inherently creative, and everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. You either have that creative flair or instinct, or you don’t. But, this is far from the truth! So what is creativity?

                                Can I Be Creative?

                                The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn and hone on. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so? You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Ironically, you have to be creative and ‘think out of the box’ with the definition! Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems. So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. In this role you have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

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                                How Creativity Works

                                Let me break another misconception about creativity, which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original. Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.From this perspective, you can see a lot of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by various styles of music, instruments and rhythms to create an entirely new type of song. All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

                                What Really Is Creativity?

                                Creativity Needs an Intention

                                Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state. Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question: “What problem am I trying to solve?” Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles. Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity. But, to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain–Right and Left–which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too. This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison. For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus. And when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So, logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

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                                Creativity Is a Skill

                                At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test. A skill can be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative! If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things. Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

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