Get it done: 5 apps for focus & productivity

Last updated: July 19, 2019

Don’t let distractions or daunting to-do lists get you down: Our favorite productivity apps will keep you on task and on schedule. From the ultimate task list to a planner for the whole family, there’s a tool for everyone.
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Why we love this
  1. 1Start new habits and stick to your goals with the help of personalized trackers and reminders
  2. 2Customize your goals with flexible scheduling options like “every weekend” or “twice a week” and rewards you define (e.g., pizza and a movie)
  3. 3Visualize your progress and patterns: See habit-keeping streaks on a calendar, plus personal stats in graphs and charts
Why we love this
  1. 1This beautiful to-do list and reminder app makes organization intuitive, so you can focus on getting stuff done
  2. 2Create “My Day” with tasks from multiple lists (say, Groceries and Work), with the help of smart suggestions
  3. 3Add notes to tasks, and easily find what you need by searching your tasks, steps (subtasks), and notes

Forest: Stay focused

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Why we love this
  1. 1Stay focused with this endearing, forest-growing take on the Pomodoro Technique (a practice of breaking work down into 25-minute intervals)
  2. 2Fill your virtual forest with (free) cedars or premium species like banana trees, baobabs, and cacti
  3. 3“Plant together” with coworkers, family, or friends: Your communal tree will grow only with everyone’s participation
Why we love this
  1. 1Improve your productivity by tracking how you spend your time – from work projects to errands to your favorite form of procrastination
  2. 2See time spent per activity in a color-coded calendar view, plus reports revealing how many projects you’re tackling in a given time period and more
  3. 3Review how much time you spend on a given project per day, week, month, and year with detailed breakdowns
Why we love this
  1. 1Plan and manage personal and team projects with a visual representation of your workflow
  2. 2Cards represent tasks and are wonderfully flexible – fill them with text, files and more; and move them between and within lists
  3. 3Add “Power-Ups” like a map or calendar view of projects (you get one for free and more with a subscription)
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