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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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                                Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                How to Be More Self-Assured and Get More Done During the Week

                                How to Be More Self-Assured and Get More Done During the Week

                                Time is a great leveler isn’t it? We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Even if you’re self-assured, the day may never feel quite long enough.

                                Why is it that some people can be so much more productive and achieve so much more in a typical day, while others struggle to achieve anything apart from feeling time crunched and overwhelmed?

                                Everyone I know and work with wants to make the best use of their time. They want to learn how to be more self-assured, happier, and work less—all while growing in their career.

                                How effectively we use our time—and how we actually work in our business—can make a huge difference to the amount we accomplish in a day or week. It can also make us more focused and more confident.

                                Do you want to have more thinking and creative time? Do you want to spend more time working on your business rather than working at or in your business? In this article, we’ll show you how.

                                Get More Done by Gaining Confidence

                                What if you had a strategy for making the best use of your time that brings you more joy and allows you to focus on the biggest activities and opportunities in your business? You may find the following outline below to be helpful:

                                1. Create an Exciting Vision

                                If you don’t know where you’re going, how do you know when you get there?

                                You want to be more productive and spend more time getting the right stuff done. Well, you need to create a compelling and exciting vision of your future.

                                What does this future look like? How will you feel when you get there?

                                Creating a new vision, especially one that is a lot bigger than where you are right now, has a way of igniting your passion. It may be something that feels hard to achieve, but every step you take towards that bigger vision will certainly build your confidence.

                                Create a vision board to feel more self-assured.

                                  Commitment to this vision, and accomplishing continual daily progress depends on your ability to look at any situation you’re faced with or currently in, feel self-assured, and see something bigger ahead.

                                  Also, when you know where you’re headed, you will instinctively start to see all the new opportunities and connections that will get you there.

                                  Make a vision map to get you started on the path to better productivity. This doesn’t have to be fully actualized, but you should know at least what direction you are heading.

                                  2. Build a Strategic Plan

                                  Once you have your future vision mapped out, the next step is to build a strategic plan to get you there.

                                  Your future vision may be for 3 years or 5 years, or you may choose a longer time frame. Any timeframe over 3 years may feel like a long way away.

                                  You may wonder how you are ever going to feel confident and motivated on this bigger future years from now when you feel as though you have so much to accomplish today.

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                                  The first step is to decide on some specific goals for the next 12 months. Don’t list too many or you may begin to feel overwhelmed.

                                  The magic number for me and my clients is usually five annual goals.

                                  These are big goals that will create massive change in your business and life and bridge your current situation to your bigger future; accomplishing these goals one by one will help to increase your confidence on a daily basis.

                                  3. Get on Goal Planning

                                  Get yourself a piece of blank paper and a pen and divide the paper into 4 columns: A, B, C, and D.

                                  Ask yourself the question: What is great in my business and life right now? Write these things down in Column A. This might be a couple of things, five things, ten things, whatever feels right to you.

                                  Then ask yourself: What things are happening right now that I don’t want in my future? Write these things down in Column B.

                                  This is your opportunity to take a step back and look at the things that are simply not working. You may list people that are bringing you down or projects that you don’t want to work on any more. Maybe you’ll include a service offering that’s going nowhere. It could be the people you’re working with, or it could be your pricing.

                                  Now, let’s look at your personal strengths. Write down everything that you’re great at in Column C.

                                  These could be things that you’re doing right now and having success with. It could also be things you know you’re awesome at but you’re not spending enough time on.

                                  Column D is for your biggest opportunities. Is there a new service/product you could offer your ideal customers? Is there a new innovation you could bring to market? Just take some time out and really think and list these things in Column D.

                                  Once you’ve analyzed everything you’ve written down, take some time to really think about what goals you want to set for your business and life in the next 12 months.

                                  4. Set Outcomes to Build Confidence

                                  You now have your goals, and you’ll feel self-assured and raring to go. They are written down and you’re committed to achieving them. You feel self-assured and motivated.

                                  But how do you ensure that you stay on the correct course to achieve these goals?

                                  Managing and juggling day-to-day projects can get in the way. Dealing with problems can get in the way. Staying on top of orders, managing cash flow, and handling day-to-day stuff can move your ship off course.

                                  You want to be productive and achieve your goals, but you also need to ensure the day and week runs smoothly.

                                  One way to ensure this happens is to set 90 Day Outcome Goals; within those Outcome Goals, put some specific process goals that need to be undertaken.

                                  Let’s say you want to get 10 more speaking jobs in the next 90 days, and you know that you typically convert 50% of opportunities.

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                                  Therefore, your process goal needs to be to have 20 conversations in the next 90 Days to deliver the 10 new pieces of work. You will then work out who you can have those conversations with.

                                  It’s smart to overshoot, so you will more easily hit your target. This is a clear plan to work through because with every win, your confidence will grow.

                                  5. Completely Commit to Your Success

                                  If you are not truly committed to achieving your goals, then chances are that you won’t reach them.

                                  Motivation can only take you so far. It is the intentional commitment[1] and emotional investment in your future success that will move you forward.

                                  Think back to any time that you really committed to achieving something. There must have been a reason you actually achieved what you set out to achieve. What motivated you?

                                  Were you fully invested? Why did it matter? Did you have to be really courageous to achieve it?

                                  How did it feel when you achieved it? What difference did it make?

                                  When have you felt truly self-assured? When you are committed to something, then you are propelled into action. Your mindset is focused, and your body follows; you want to get it done.

                                  And, when you do get it done, your confidence goes through the roof. You feel a level of certainty in achieving the goal you set out to accomplish.

                                  6. Focus on Your Strengths

                                  To feel self-assured and build up the confidence needed to achieve our biggest goals, we need to focus on our strengths.

                                  What are you best at? What are your unique skills? You want to spend as much time as you can working in the areas that you’re great at.

                                  Multiply your strengths. These areas are where you add the biggest value. They often bring you the biggest amount of joy, and you feel more and more confident when you are using your unique skills.

                                  If you think there is a specific capability you need to learn or be better at, spend more focused time in that area.

                                  Many of us want to do it all. We want to be good at everything. We want to offer a lot of services. But, in reality, there are some very specific things we are great at; nobody is good at everything!

                                  Spending more time adding value in the areas where you excel can create breakthrough results and boost confidence.

                                  7. Embrace the Present

                                  Sometimes we spend so much time thinking about the future or worrying about the past that we forget the present moment[2].

                                  Are you spending most of your day reacting to things, or have you taken the time to think about what your perfect day looks like?

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                                  We all have the opportunity to create rather than react, to decide what we do with our day. All of our future success can be created in the present moment if we just take a step back and take action.

                                  Sometimes, doing it now is more important than doing it perfectly. There are hidden opportunities in every moment. We need to make sure we don’t miss them if we want to feel self-assured.

                                  8. Calm the Whirlwind

                                  The day-to-day life in business and life can be hard, which leads us to feel less self-assured.

                                  Your mind may be full to bursting with all of the things you feel you have to do. The phrase “I don’t have time” has almost become an instant reaction by so many people when new opportunities are presented.

                                  There is a whirlwind happening inside our minds.

                                  Appointments, notifications, tasks, phone calls, errands, cash flow, staffing issues, networking, marketing all can clutter up our timeline. The sheer volume of things we feel we should do creates procrastination, stopping us from pursuing the projects and people that matter.

                                  Many of us feel we have to do everything within our business.

                                  Rather than simplifying things and doing less, we do more. We work longer, which creates a lack of energy and focus. Because of this, we lose clarity on our biggest opportunities. If you feel this way, take some well-deserved time off.

                                  Look at where you’re spending your time. How much of your time is being spent moving your ideas forward?

                                  In the next 90 days, if you could delegate or outsource more daily tasks and spend more time focusing on where you add the biggest value, what difference would it make?

                                  Calm the whirlwind by slowing down and doing less.

                                  Focus on areas that you add the biggest amount of value. By doing this, your energy levels will increase, your confidence will grow and you will have more success.

                                  9. Take More Time off

                                  This may seem counterintuitive, but taking more time off to recharge and refocus can pay huge dividends.

                                  If you are constantly fighting fires and caught up in the myriad of different activities that you have to do each day, then how can you move your business forward?

                                  You may be being pulled in difference directions without any focused time on your biggest projects. If that’s the case, then it’s almost impossible to gain any real momentum in moving your business forward and hitting your goals.

                                  The best way to get off that treadmill is to take more creative time out of the business.

                                  Could you realistically take one day off per month to work on your business? If you could, what would you do with this time?

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                                  Just imagine no distractions, only focused time on the strategic development and growth of your business.

                                  Every day off per month could have a different focus: New product innovation; Thinking about your biggest clients; Improving operations.

                                  Add to this a quarterly review to check in with your goals progress, and this could have a dramatic effect on where you spend your valuable time.

                                  10. Celebrate Wins

                                  Sometimes you just want to get through the day, right?

                                  You have so much to do. There are so many things on your task list that you just complete what you can and then start another day. But what would happen if, at the end of each day, you took some time out to look at what you’ve accomplished?

                                  Celebrating success keeps you motivated and helps you become more self-assured. It is not just another day. It’s a day that included things that should be celebrated.

                                  If you’re struggling to feel motivated, try celebrating a couple of wins each day.

                                  Celebrating success combined with the gratitude you have for achieving those wins will boost your confidence and inspire you for the next day.

                                  11. Give Yourself More Space

                                  When was the last time you gave yourself time to think?

                                  Within the hustle and bustle, it can be difficult to give yourself a little bit of space and time to just think[3].

                                  Imagine giving yourself just an hour a day to just let your mind wander or think about a specific thing.

                                  If you think about it, we can all free up an hour a day for something without really losing any efficiency or really impacting our business.

                                  In fact, that hour could be transformational for your business and life.

                                  A new idea for a product could form, or an idea for adding value to your existing clients could materialize. Perhaps you could do a check in to your ideal future and your goals. You could decide that you want to take your business in a new direction.

                                  Try this: Just sit alone for an hour with a notebook and let it be your creative thinking time. See what happens.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Ultimately, being self-assured happens when you have a clear direction.

                                  This, coupled with having clear goals and working in your unique skill-set, gives you the biggest opportunity to be more productive and get more of the right things done.

                                  The old mantra that “less is more” is right on the money. By giving yourself more time to work on your goals, you will inevitably increase your confidence; at this point, your ideal future can be anything you want it to be.

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