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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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                                15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

                                15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

                                Let me guess.

                                You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

                                Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

                                First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

                                Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

                                Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

                                1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

                                Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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                                The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

                                2. Use Red and Blue More Often

                                Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

                                3. Create a Break Agenda

                                List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

                                Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

                                4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

                                Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

                                9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
                                9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
                                10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
                                10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
                                11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

                                Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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                                5. Take It Outside!

                                Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

                                6. Become Productively Lazy

                                Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

                                7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

                                It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

                                8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

                                According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

                                Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

                                9. Prepping the Night

                                Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

                                Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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                                10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

                                Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

                                Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

                                11. Set-up Mini Tasks

                                If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

                                Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

                                12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

                                I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

                                Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

                                13. Redecorate Your Room

                                Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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                                14. Ready Your Nibbles

                                You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

                                Bonus productivity hacks you can do at home:

                                15. Schedule Your Chores

                                Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

                                For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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