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Ten productivity apps you won’t want to live without

Whether you’re freelance or not, most of us have to manage an increasingly multifaceted workload that often includes everything from building our network and keeping up with new developments in the industry to project management.

Luckily there are brilliant apps to help you stay on top of your workload. The ones below all have a useful free version, so you’ll only pay after the app has proven its worth.

  • Todoist – The to do list

To do lists work, not only because you’re less likely to forget tasks, but also because once you have written down all the things you need to do, you can fully focus on the task at hand, safe in the knowledge that you won’t forget that critical email. And then, there is the joy of ticking off items on your to-do list. There are countless To Do List apps, but Todoist is one of the most popular ones, and you can integrate it with many other apps. It also allows you to assign tasks to different projects, which can be useful.

  • Trello – Organise – everything

This project management app takes to do lists a few steps further. The result is a simple, yet versatile way of organising different projects through boards, lists and cards, each with a due date, checklists, comments and the possibility to attach documents. You can use it to manage your own workload or share boards with members of your team, allowing you to coordinate various people working on one project. It has a generous free version and is simple, yet very effective when it comes to keeping on top of deadlines, pitches and projects.


  • Pomodoro timers – Stay focused

The Pomodoro Technique is simple and really comes into its own when you have no clear deadline and a particularly fascinating Facebook newsfeed. Basically, you set a timer for 25 minutes, during which you work, before allowing yourself five minutes rest. After four blocks, you treat yourself to a longer break. There are many Pomodoro apps and online focus keepers, which are pleasant to use and often come with additional features. With Pomodone you can link the timer to tasks (it’s also compatible with Trello), which useful if you invoice by the hour, or if you want to keep an eye on how long you spend on each task.


  • Rescue time – Even more focus

Still finding yourself googling the differences between a newt and a salamander? This app can block distracting websites and track and report how you spend your working time. Just be prepared to find out that social media eats more of your time than you thought.

  • Cloze – Digital PA

If you rely on an extensive network, your contacts, correspondence and documents are likely to be splattered across a myriad of apps, email accounts and social media channels. Cloze will pull everything together in one digital address book and calendar. The app can prepare briefing notes, presenting relevant email correspondence, information or mentions. It’s practical as well as somewhat unsettling when an app that uses artificial intelligence knows more about your projects than you.


  • Everynote – Digital scrapbook and more

This programme allows you to collect everything, including photos, notes, clippings, drawings as well as voice and video recordings. But it’s not just for brainstorming creative projects, you can use this popular app to do everything from compiling multi-media travel reports to photographing your receipts for your tax return.


  • Google Docs – Word processing and sharing

Google Docs is neither fun nor exciting, but incredibly useful. It’s a solid word processing app that allows you to work on documents stored in the cloud and share them with others. Depending on the settings you choose, anybody with internet access can read, edit or comment in the same document. It’s a very effective way of getting feedback from different stakeholders, saving you endlessly emailing documents back and forth.


  • Diigolet – Your digital library

Diigolet allows you to bookmark web pages, highlight text and even add sticky notes. You can then search the resulting database, creating your own online reference library. For a reading list, Pocket also works well across different devices.


  • Grammarly – Spellchecker

This superb spell checker uses AI to find errors and improve your writing. Once it’s installed on your computer, it will correct spelling as you type in many programmes. The paid version is especially useful if you write regularly and will make a lot more suggestions than standard spell checkers.


  • Last Pass – Password manager

With this app, you’ll just have to lot into this app on your browser once, and Last Pass suggests (and remembers!) secure passwords for the sites you use and remember them. While it feels less safe to put all your password-eggs into one app-basket, expert advise that’s it’s safer than having the same passwords for different accounts or storing passwords on or off-line.

What are the best apps you have used? Please share in the comments below.