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5 Apps That Will Help Boost Your Productivity

appsIt’s all too easy to get distracted. When we’re surrounded by smartphones, television, and the Internet, the potential to lose focus is all too great no matter what we need to work on. Luckily, there’s a few apps out there that can help keep you on track throughout the day, allowing you to boost your productivity without any pain or sweat. Here are some of our favorites for iPhone and Android devices.

Pomodoro Timer
If you’ve never heard of the Pomodoro method, it was a trick devised by self-help guru Francesco Cirilo where you’re supposed to break down work into small, manageable increments of work with plenty of breaks in between. This app offers a timer which uses the Pomodoro method, allowing you to effectively manage your time. Not only is the app free but it’s very easy to use and provides a low stress way of making sure you’re staying on track.

Available for: iOS

Highster Mobile
Highster Mobile is a spying app that will allow someone to monitor another person’s phone. Whether you want to have someone watch what you’re doing to keep you on track or you’re the boss trying to make sure you’re employees are doing what they’re supposed to do. This app allows you to spy cell phone without accessing phone so spying on the person is a breeze. Highster Mobile is a one-time fee product, which is unlike any other product of its kind.

Available for: Android, iOS

Forest
Forest aims to help you avoid one of the biggest distractions of all- your iPhone. The app works by making you set a timer for a period of time which can be anything from five minutes to an hour. While the timer’s on, you’re supposed to avoid using your phone, or any other electronics for that matter, during the entire time. As the name implies, a little tree will actually grow within the app and your goal is to keep it from dying by not picking up your phone for however long you set the timer. The app isn’t free (you can pick it up for about but it can be a valuable tool for anyone who’s haplessly addicted to their smartphones.

Available for: iOS

Wunderlist
Sometimes, staying on track is a matter of knowing what you still have to do. Wunderlist, allows users to create to-do lists of tasks they need to complete. You can set due dates for certain lists, allowing you to keep track of important deadlines. If you’re working on a group project you can even allow other people to edit your lists, making coordinating at work that much easier. You can even use Wunderlist for things like grocery lists, making your time at the grocery store that much more productive. It’s free and since the device syncs all your information in the cloud, you can access your lists from many other devices, making it a no-brainer.

Available for: Android, iOS

Sunrise
Make your calendars even better with this handy app. Sunrise isn’t just a calendar app though. The extensive, powerful app comes complete with a planner, maps, a weather forecast, and more. While the app was recently acquired by Microsoft, that hasn’t stopped it from being a virtual powerhouse when it comes to helping users manage their day-to-day lives. You can even hook up Sunrise with many of your other apps and social media accounts, allowing Sunrise to help you organize practically everything. Definitely worth a look no matter what you need it for.

Available for: Android, iOS

Slack
One of the best team messaging apps ever, Slack is used by thousands of companies both big and small. Consider recommending Slack to your boss. He’ll be glad he listened. Slack offers a powerful messaging system that allows you to instantly get in touch with either the entire office or one person. You can send files, create projects, and you can even integrate Slack with other programs and apps like Dropbox and Evernote in order to do lots of powerful things from one platform. If you’re looking for a user friendly platform with a lot to offer, consider letting Slack join the team.

Available for: Android, iOS