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The productivity apps that get things done

We all need a little help sometimes—whether it's tracking goals or scheduling too many meetings

Before you spiral into a to-do list paralysis, take a deep breath and open your phone. Phones and apps are way too smart these days, so there’s a very big possibility that you can find an app or a program that can help you out of your productivity funk. To make things a little bit easier—because if you’re here, you’re already probably pressed for time and hoping to beat a really tight deadline—here’s a list of productivity apps to get you out of your inefficiency fix. 

Focus 10

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If you’ve been on the hunt for productivity techniques before, then you’ve probably already heard of the Pomodoro Technique. This time management system helps you schedule your tasks around 25-minute chunks of time with five minute breaks in between. Focus 10 takes Pomodoro and makes it easier for you. Just list all of the tasks you have to accomplish and the app will time you on the 25 minutes of work and the five-minute breaks. For people who really need to get a lot of things done in a day, Focus 10 can help you accomplish all of them methodically and on time.

Todoist

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A to-do list can be a blessing and a curse. It might help you remember all the tasks you need to do but when left unchecked, can become a source of pressure and anxiety.  But a feature of Todoist that lifts the burden of achievement is its progress check. This way, especially if there’s a lot of layers to a task or an assignment, you always feel productive and motivated to continue seeing the task to completion. 

Freedom

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Distraction kills productivity and if not used wisely, your phone is just one big distraction waiting to happen. If you’re having a difficult time breaking up with your phone and its numerous mobile games and social media apps, Freedom is here to make it easier. Their block feature can extend to everything on your phone that can take up your time, from looking at past memories in your gallery and even searching random Wikipedia pages on your internet browser. If you’ve ever wanted to hunker down on your work table and go cold turkey on distractions, Freedom will do the job. 

Be Focused

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Motivation is a really big factor that can affect your productivity. The Be Focused app plays into that by allowing you to set weekly goals to hopefully get even more motivated to do more. This app also allows you to set work interval periods to best fit your bursts of productivity. You can track the progress of all your tasks and goals, so you’ll always be on top of everything that needs to be done without much effort. 

 Nirvana

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It can be hard to set priorities especially when everything seems so urgent but that’s where Nirvana comes in handy. Their filter feature allows users to tag tasks that should be given first priority based on deadlines and deliverables. Perfect for when you really have a hard time balancing the overflowing tasks on your plate. 

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