So you want to level up your earning potential, move towards work that’s more fulfilling, and do more with less effort. That’s awesome.
Here is a great article by Will Chou, originally posted on Dumb Little Man.
Over the years, I have kept up to date with all the productivity apps and some have stood the test of time and actually produced results. However, more and more new apps pop up every day.
It’s my duty to sift through the noise for your to find out which ones are actually worth your time. Is it the simplistic one? Or is it the complicated and hard to use one? Is it the free version? Or the paid version?
So let’s begin. Here is the master guide to productivity with the best twenty productivity apps I have come across:
1. Momentum App
This browser extension is a life saver. A lot of successful people emphasize the power of focusing on one task. This app greets you and asks you what your main focus is. Each time you open up a new tab, the app pops up and reminds you to stay on track. It replaces the browser tab that is there by default that usually tempts you to go to unproductive websites.
2. Harvest App
This browser extension measures your time. Being successful means being brutally honest with how you spend your time. You can set a timer for each activity you do and label what you are doing. At the end of the day, you can check how long you spend on each activity and adjust from there. What’s great about this is that it syncs in with other productivity apps like Asana.
3. Forest App
This is an extension that uses the power of the Pomodoro Technique and gamification. When you start the timer, it will grow a tree from a seed. Your goal is to focus on one task for 25 minutes until the tree is fully grown. It makes productivity more fun. It’s customizable so that you can change the 25 minutes to whatever you want. I recommend the free version because the paid version is unnecessary. It just gives you more pretty trees to choose from and lets you use this on your phone.
4. Site Block
This extension does what it sounds like. It blocks the websites you do not want to visit. One day, I tried logging how much time I wasted on social media websites. I thought it was nothing. It felt like five or ten minutes here and there. But it turned out to be a huge chunk of my day. These websites psychologically suck you in so that one quick video turns into ten. This site blocker has been so helpful.
It also tells you how many times you visited that site while it’s blocked. This has opened my eyes to how often websites like Facebook and Youtube are almost a reflex to me when I get bored.
A lot of people say they will not use this because they are scared to see how much time they waste. So they sit there in ignorance and continue to waste massive amounts of time. I suggest using the Nibble technique to get over this qualm. You do not have to get rid of hours of wasted time at once. But what about starting at just one less minute?
5. Time Tracker
This extension does what it says as well: it tracks your time. What’s great about this one is that it logs every different website you go to. You can check it out in detail to see where you spend your time. You will be surprised sometimes how much a certain website sucks your time and adjust.
6. Time Stats
Similar to Time Tracker, but with a twist. It graphs out your time into a pie chart. It’s very accurate and the interface is a lot cleaner. One problem it has though is how it bunches all the activities under 1% under a single category.
7. Ad Blocker Plus
Do you know there are free extensions that block all ads that play on a website or video? This has been available for so many years and yet I am still amazed how many people still do not know about it. This has probably saved me years of my life. I still cannot believe it exists.
8. Pomodoro Timer
One of the most well-known productivity techniques is the Pomodoro Technique. Basically, you focus on just one task for 25 minutes and then take a forced 5-minute break. This extension is just like the Forest App but there is no animated tree involved (just a timer).
No productivity list is complete without Evernote. But what is it?
It basically lets you write and store documents, sketches, memos, pictures, and more online through the cloud. You can access it on your phone or on a computer. I like to use Evernote for storing important work-related documents, notes, or pictures. Usually, these are long-form material and what’s great about it is that I can pull it up on my phone or any computer and continue to add to it.
10. Google Keep
This is a new one I just found, yet so useful. It’s available and accessible on your phone or your computer as long as you have a Google account. It’s a great way to store quick notes or voice memos. I jump to this every time I have a quick idea for an article, song, or video. This has helped me save so many ideas I would have forgotten about.
What’s great about it is that it’s stored online so if you lose your phone or computer, it’s safe. It’s also accessible anywhere with Internet access. And the best part is that you can color the notes, share them, and they organize themselves in a pretty manner.
It’s intentionally made to be a very simple platform with few options. Therefore, you cannot format your text in any way.