Getting It All Done: 7 Apps to Improve Your Productivity

Getting It All Done: 7 Apps to Improve Your Productivity Does it feel like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done? Do you sometimes wish you could clone yourself or hire a personal assistant in order to complete everything on your to do list? If you answered yes, keep reading.

We often talk about unplugging as a way to get ourselves back on track and get things done. The increase in technology and our constant need to be connected sometimes hinders our ability to accomplish tasks. One survey estimated that we spend approximately 23 days a year looking at our phones—and let’s be honest, during those times we are not being very productive. But, this constant connection to our smartphones and other devices is not all bad and can actually be helpful.

Loaded with the proper apps, your smartphone can be an unbelievably helpful tool for simplifying tasks and organizing your work and personal life. There are a number of productivity apps on the market for all of the major smartphone platforms, you have to find out which ones work best for you. We have compiled a short list of some of the top apps on the market for managing your time and boosting your productivity to help you get started on the road to a more organized life.



If you are like me and work better when you create yourself a daily “things to do list”, then this app is for you. Dubbed “iPhone’s most beautiful to-do list app” by The Verge and “perfect for busy people” by Gizmodo, Clear is an incredibly user-friendly list-keeping app for those who care just as much about aesthetics as they do functionality. Clear is designed with simplicity and flexibility in mind and works great with any list—work tasks, shopping list, personal goals, etc.

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Do you know how much time you waste in a day by getting sidetracked? Not managing your time can kill your productivity. Yast is a time tracker app that can help add some much needed discipline into your daily routine. Yast keeps track of the time spent on projects and tasks. Do you work on projects where you have to bill your client for time spent? Yast can help you keep track of the amount of time individuals and entire teams spend.


Evernote is one of the more popular productivity apps out there.  Evernote helps you “remember everything”. Listed by New York Times as ‘Top 10 Must-Have App’, Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.  If you see something you like online or in the real world, Evernote lets you use your smartphone to take a picture of it, record audio, and any other notes and save them. And if you want to share the information with colleagues, you can do so with ease thanks to Evernote.


Have you ever been in a pinch and needed to access a Microsoft Office® file, but were nowhere near your computer? Fear no more!  Recommended by Mashable for boosting work productivity, CloudOn puts Microsoft Office® on your favorite devices to create documents on the go. Users can sync with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts, and also email files to contacts directly from mobile devices.  And if that wasn’t enough, the built-in Adobe Reader and File Viewer lets you open and view virtually any file type, including PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.


This app allows you to create reminders based on time and location. Dubbed by LifeHacker as the best location-based app around, Checkmark is the fastest way to remind yourself of all the things you have to do in your busy life. So how does it work? Just add your favorite locations to the app (like your house, the bank, the grocery store, and work), and create tasks for any of those locations when you think of them. When you pass by or enter one of those locations, Checkmark will remind you of what you have to do. How cool is that?


Have you ever saved important data to your computer at work or home, only to find out that you need it once you’re out on the road?  That’s where the Dropbox app comes in to save the day.  Dropbox lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, smartphone devices, tablets and even the Dropbox website. This is a lifesaver for busy people who are constantly on the go. Concerned about security? All of your Dropbox files are secured with advanced encryption as well as two-step verification.


The Skitch smartphone app is all about collaboration.  In short, if you need to share feedback or important ideas, Skitch allows you to do just that.  You can communicate visually with your co-workers in an instant with this app. Annotate images and documents with arrows, shapes, text, and more. Use Skitch to sketch something new, mark up maps, screen captures, or even a photo. Then save or share your Skitch annotation to help others see and understand your ideas. Getting everyone on the same page has never been easier.

Have you used any of the apps listed above, what do you like or dislike? What other apps do you use to help you be more productive? Share your favorites in the comments.

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  • Appsicum

    Just awesome sharing!! iPhone apps are always be providing
    great quality and interesting apps for his users and all these are amazing.
    Thanks for posting such keen information. Future
    Scheduler and Location Alerts Productivity apps (Paid).

    • LetsTalkWork

      That’s for your comment!

  • Stephie Daniel


    Hey, I think so the most trusted brand in the time tracking industry is missing here. The one from Replicon – which has unique features to cope up with the situation to manage well the time tracking job in the move. I would like the same software as well to be included in the list.


    • LetsTalkWork

      Hey Stephie!

      Thanks for letting us know about Replicon’s product. Maybe we can include this in a follow-up post.