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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

15 Best Android Productivity Apps (2019 Version)

15 Best Android Productivity Apps (2019 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!

                                Create productive habits so your productive apps will actually work

                                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 a productivity machine

                                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

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

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                                Last Updated on December 2, 2019

                                How to Develop Mental Toughness And Stay Strong

                                How to Develop Mental Toughness And Stay Strong

                                Are you the kind of person who wants to achieve massive success in your life? Do you have the mental toughness to make that happen?

                                I think we can all agree that no matter your ambitions, achieving success can be difficult; and over time, the daily grind can take a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional energy.

                                Achievers and high performers from all walks of life face ups and downs along the path to success—they face failure, burnout, discouragement, fatigue, self-limiting beliefs, stress, and so much more.

                                How do some people continually strive towards their personal goals year after year while others give up on them? How do those people stay strong and persevere when there is so much stacked against them?

                                Studies now show that mental strength is a critical key to success. If you haven’t read Angela Duckworth’s book Grit, you should. In it, she shows that “the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls ‘grit.’” In other words, mental toughness plays a significant role when it comes to achieving goals.

                                Sometimes, our goals wear us down and leave us feeling exhausted. Other times, our goals get difficult, and success seems impossible, so we lose hope, become discouraged, and want to quit.

                                At its core, mental toughness is simply the ability to stick to something when the going gets tough. People with high levels of mental toughness can push beyond these obstacles and forge a path towards success while those with lower levels of mental toughness may abandon their dreams.

                                Want to know the good news?

                                No matter who you are, what you’ve been told, or what you currently believe, you can develop the mental toughness you need to be successful.

                                All you need to do is learn to develop a positive mindset, focus on your why, and utilize the people around you for support.

                                1. Develop a Positive Mindset

                                If you’re going to increase your mental toughness, the first thing you have to do is focus on building a strong, positive mindset.

                                According to the Cleveland Clinic, the average person has 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 95% of those thoughts repeat each day and, on average, 80% of repeated ideas are negative.[1]

                                That’s roughly 45,600 negative thoughts per day!

                                Carrying around these negative thoughts is like going on a hike in the mountains with a backpack full of rocks. The hike is hard enough on its own, but having extra junk weighing you down is a recipe for failure.

                                Sometimes, building mental toughness isn’t as much about building new strength as it is about saving your strength for the right tasks. Wouldn’t it be easier to dump the rocks out of the backpack instead of trying to get strong enough to carry the extra weight?

                                Absolutely!

                                But how can we learn to spot those 45,600 negative thoughts and get rid of them? How can we empty our metaphorical backpack?

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                                Well, it gets a whole lot easier if you know what you’re looking for. Some of the most prominent types of negative thoughts are self-limiting beliefs, all-or-nothing thinking, and dwelling.

                                Let Go of Self-Limiting Beliefs

                                It’s pretty hard to be mentally tough when you’re constantly beating yourself up. Self-limiting beliefs are any beliefs that hold you back in some way. Here are some examples:

                                “I’m not smart enough to…”

                                “I don’t have enough experience to…”

                                “I’ve tried that before, and it didn’t go well, so I must just be bad at…”

                                When we allow these self-limiting beliefs to flood our minds, negative self-talk runs rampant, and we crowd out our ability to think positively. We’re effectively working against ourselves.

                                If you want to keep your mind strong on your path to success, you have to overcome the self-limiting beliefs that are holding you back by realizing one key truth: self-limiting beliefs are thoughts, not facts.

                                When you recognize a self-limiting belief cropping up in your mind, quickly silence it by telling yourself that it’s not true and then back that up with some positive affirmations:

                                • “I am smart enough; I may just need to do some more research first.”
                                • “I may not have as much experience as someone else, but that’s not going to stop me from trying. I have enough experience to get started. I’ll figure the rest out on the way.”
                                • “Just because I failed at this last time doesn’t mean I’m going to fail this time. My past does not dictate my future.”

                                Get Rid of the All-or-Nothing Thinking

                                Another form of negative thinking that could be preventing you from building mental toughness is all-or-nothing thinking.

                                All-or-nothing thinking is the concept of thinking in extremes. You are either a success or a failure. Your performance was totally good or totally awful. If you’re not perfect, then you’re a failure.

                                But this isn’t true!

                                If you’re trying to lose 30 pounds and only lost 28, isn’t that still better than not losing any weight at all? I’d say so!

                                If you allow all-or-nothing thinking to rule your mind, you’ll be on cloud nine when you succeed, but you’ll beat yourself up when you “fail.” Acknowledging the shades of gray in between will allow you to see success more often and it will help you celebrate your smaller wins.

                                When you recognize an all-or-nothing thought, remember to look for the positive in the situation. What did you gain by trying? What would you have missed out on had you not tried? Could you do better if you were to try again?

                                Ditch the Dwelling

                                Self-Limiting Beliefs and All-or-Nothing Thinking can lead to a bad case of dwelling on the negative. If you want to build some mental toughness and keep your mind strong, you have to ditch the dwelling.

                                Every day, bad things happen to each of us, and while there’s nothing we can do to prevent that, we can control how we react to these situations.

                                When we dwell on our misfortunes, we waste massive amounts of energy that we could be using to achieve our goals. When this happens, we’re more likely to quit altogether.

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                                But that doesn’t mean you’re not mentally tough; it just means you’re misusing your energy.

                                The next time something bad happens, it’s important to allow yourself to feel the disappointment and frustration, but work on reducing the amount of time you dwell on the situation.

                                Easier said than done, right? Try these:

                                1. Call a friend or mentor and talk it through with them. Get some outside perspective on your situation.
                                2. Time block your dwelling by allowing yourself to dwell for no more than one hour.
                                3. Then, tell yourself to move on, that you’re human, and you’re allowed to make mistakes or experience setbacks.
                                4. If all else fails, find a good way to distract yourself until you can calm down and reexamine things with a clear mind.

                                The faster you can focus on the positives and move past the problem, the quicker you can get back to achieving success in your life.

                                Be Patient about the Process

                                No matter which negative thoughts tend to run around your mind, working to replace them with positive thoughts can take time.

                                Learning to spot self-limiting beliefs, all-or-nothing thinking, or dwelling is one thing, but learning to quiet those thoughts is another thing entirely.

                                If at first you don’t succeed, don’t fret. Instead, take a deep breath and try again. As you work towards improving your mindfulness and your mental toughness, remember that you’re going to get better with time.

                                To make things a little easier, it helps to connect with your purpose.

                                2. Connect with Your Purpose

                                One of the most critical elements to building mental toughness and keeping a strong and focused mind is having a strong ‘why’ for everything you want to do.

                                If you set out to achieve a huge goal that you don’t have a ‘why’ for, you’re going to find yourself distracted, discouraged, or disengaged as soon as you experience your first setback.

                                Think about the last time you were working on a goal or resolution and things weren’t going well, maybe you even wanted to quit. Perhaps you thought you didn’t have enough willpower. Maybe you told yourself that you didn’t have enough discipline.

                                Here’s the truth: you just didn’t have a strong enough why.

                                Simon Sinek has been spreading his message “Start with Why” across the globe.[2] In short, he says that:

                                “Your ‘why’ is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you.”

                                One of the biggest drains on your mental energy is pursuing a goal or a task that you don’t have a ‘why’ for. This is when we tend to look for external motivation or question our willpower, but those aren’t the issues.

                                Often, we set goals because we like the idea of the goal, not the reality of the goal. Without connecting to our why, we can’t intrinsically motivate ourselves to achieve our most challenging goals.

                                Find Intrinsic Motivation

                                Intrinsic motivation is our innate desire to do something and it comes when we work towards something that satisfies ourselves above all else—not our parents or our bosses or our teachers.

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                                Let’s say you think you want to quit smoking because you know it’s bad for you, but you really enjoy smoking. If you don’t truly want to quit smoking, it’s going to be nearly impossible, regardless of your willpower or mental toughness.

                                But if you want to quit smoking because you just had a baby, and you don’t want your baby growing up around smoke, then that ‘why’ is going to give you intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is far more powerful than sheer stubborn willpower, and it’s far easier to maintain over the long haul.

                                If you’re trying to develop mental toughness, connecting a why to everything you want to achieve will reduce the effort and energy it will take to achieve those things. Once you’ve found a strong why for all of your goals, you’ll find that you’ll have significantly more energy to pursue your more difficult challenges.

                                3. Find Strength in Unity

                                The final aspect of developing mental toughness is embracing the idea that you’re not in this alone. It’s a fact, anyone who’s ever achieved success in anything didn’t do so alone.

                                Bill Gates didn’t build Microsoft alone. Oprah didn’t build her network by herself. Steve Jobs didn’t invent the iPhone without a team. Michelle Obama didn’t implement the “Let’s Move” campaign on her own.

                                Behind all of these successful people were countless other people who were there offering support, mentorship, guidance, and encouragement.

                                If you want to develop unmatched mental toughness, you need to understand that you don’t have to go it alone. Even the toughest Navy Seals have a team backing them up.

                                If you want to stay strong in your endeavors, you need to build a team of supporters who will step in and back you up when it counts.

                                Find a Mentor or Committee of Mentors

                                The benefits of having a great mentor are far too many to list, but to boil it down to the basics, a mentor is someone who will help show you the path to success.

                                A good mentor will help you discover your greatest strengths, spot and overcome your blind spots, and work through your weaknesses.

                                If you’re struggling to deal with your internal negativity or with finding your purpose, talk it through with a mentor. Sometimes we lose the forest for the trees, and a mentor can help us take a step back and see the bigger picture.

                                Here’s how to find the right mentor for yourself: How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed

                                Recruit Some Cheerleaders

                                If you want to stay strong, it never hurts to have a group of personal cheerleaders. Unlike mentors who are going to jump in and help you address your problems, a group of cheerleaders will help keep your spirits up.

                                Even if you have a strong ‘why’ and a positive mindset, it’s nearly impossible to maintain a positive attitude 100% of the time. It doesn’t make you weak to need some help from time to time. Having a group of people cheering you on will make all the difference in the world.

                                As you work towards your goals, tell a few close friends about what you’re doing, and when things get tough, tell them about it. And when they give you the pep talk you need, don’t resist their positivity or counter it with your self-limiting beliefs or your all-or-nothing attitude.

                                Allow their optimism to refill your energy and use that energy to press on.

                                Form an Accountability Group

                                Cheerleaders are great, but sometimes we need someone to give us the kick we need to keep going. You might have a strong ‘why’ for running a marathon or losing 30 pounds, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy; and trying to force yourself to follow through is a sure way to tax your mental energy.

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                                Why not save some of your mental energy by forming an accountability group?

                                Find a person or a few people who have similar goals, or at the very least, the need for an accountability partner. Then, form an agreement within the group to push each other every day.

                                Even if your goals aren’t the same, accountability partners are great for giving us the push we need when we need it most.

                                Regardless of which relationships you choose, sometimes we have to be able to work through things on our own. Mentors, cheerleaders, and accountability partners are a great way for us to combat our naturally negative mindsets, but occasionally we have to be able to pick ourselves back up.

                                4. Learn to Pick Yourself Back Up After Setbacks

                                Building a strong mindset and developing mental toughness isn’t easy! Anyone who’s ever achieved massive success knows that obstacles, setbacks, and failure are inevitable, and you’re no different.

                                As you work on your goals, you’re going to face many ups and downs, but this doesn’t mean that you don’t have mental toughness, willpower, or discipline.

                                We all struggle. We all fail. It’s what we decide to do after we fail that truly counts.

                                When you find yourself in a low spot, ask yourself these questions:

                                • “Am I being too hard on myself?”
                                • “Are negative thoughts such as Self-Limiting Beliefs or All-or-Nothing Thinking distorting my view?”
                                • “What’s the positive side of this setback/obstacle/failure?”
                                • “Why was this goal important to me? What was my purpose?”
                                • “Is this goal still important to me? Do I still have a ‘why’?”
                                • “Who can I ask for help? Who can mentor me or cheer me on? Who can help hold me accountable?”

                                Asking yourself these questions is a great way to check in on your mindset. When we get lost in negative thinking or lose connection to our purpose, it’s far too easy to become discouraged. When we feel discouraged, we start feeling weak, maybe even a little hopeless.

                                Also, this article provides some useful tips to help you get back on track: How to Deal with Failure and Pick Yourself Back Up

                                Tying it All Together

                                Are you still with me? I know I’ve thrown a lot at you, from developing a positive mindset and combatting your internal voice to connecting with purpose and building a committee of mentors. It’s a lot to take it!

                                But here’s the bottom line:

                                A crucial part of developing mental toughness is learning to recognize these tendencies and taking action to correct them early on. Developing mental toughness is not about eliminating weakness, but learning how to deal with it and overcome it.

                                No one is perfect, but when we focus on the right things, we can develop a mental toughness worthy of life’s biggest challenges.

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