6 best productivity apps 2020

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The best productivity apps 2020 I use regularly. 

Before we start, I want to give you a heads up, that I don’t earn anything from this post and am not affiliated with any of these companies.

It’s 2020 and machines took over the planet. We have phones telling us where to go, playing music, and finding cute cat videos. We have incredibly powerful computers.

Because of the tons of apps and programs out there, it is hard to find the ones who increase our productivity. There are 2.96 million apps in the google play store, according to statista.com. This insane amount of choice makes it hard for one to choose from.

I want to show you the 6 best productivity apps 2020 I use regularly which help me be more productive. I will go into more detail in the future for the specific apps with a series called “Tools I use”. For now, you will get an overview and maybe some inspiration in the post down below.

I am using android and windows 10. But these are productivity apps for iPhone as well!

Table of Contents

The 6 best productivity apps 2020 I found so far are:

  • Google calendar

Which list doesn’t contain a good calendar app? I put all the things in there, where I have to be. Doctor’s appointments, gym sessions, and meetings with friends. For my workplace I have to use the IBM Notes calendar, so unfortunately I need another app for work. (iOS and android)

  • Todoist

While I have my “places to be” in my calendar, I have my “things to do” in my todoist. Todoist is a freemium app, which is a to-do list. The premium version, however, is much more powerful you can set up custom filters to show you only the tasks that you need or want to see at the moment.

I do have 2 filters I use daily, which are “Dashboard work” and “Dashboard private” which show me the tasks at hand for the next 3 days and my “someday/maybe” list (people who know GTD will understand!).

I do think it’s more important to get things done than to manage yourself to death, so you might be interested in my principles for a more efficient life.

(iOS and android)

  • notion

Who hasn’t heard of notion lately? I am writing my drafts in notion, I have my publishing checklist in notion, I have my projects in notion. I have so much stuff in notion, that this will be at least a topic on its own, if not a few more for some extra detail.

Since a few weeks notion unlocked the free plan so you can write as much as you want. This is incredibly useful for me, and I’ve read about many teams and companies using notion as a whole database and CRM system.

You can do a lot with notion once you managed to understand it’s functionality. (iOS and android)

  • Google drive

Google drive is my go-to cloud service. All my contracts and papers are in there – I do keep a physical copy of the most important ones and I am also using boxcryptor, an additional encryption service, for the most sensitive papers. It’s so good to have access to all your papers wherever you are whenever you want, I don’t want to miss that. I dream of a day where people do everything via e-mail, but I think this might take some time.

Using google drive can make things much easier and quicker – no more searching in the stacks of paper in the shoebox under your bed for this one receipt – you have it stored there. (iOS and android)

  • Timecap

Timecap is a wonderful app. I just found out about this jewel over on Reddit, I am using it for a few days now and it’s a blast. At its core, it’s a habit tracker, which you can customize for all your needs.

Currently, I am tracking my fitness, weight, supplements, no sweets, no snooze, Duolingo and meditation (I wanted to get started again since I wrote that I am barely doing it in the post about routines)

(iOS and android)

  • DND mode

Every phone has a do not disturb mode. Only my favorite contacts can reach me if something bad happens I want to be informed. Nobody else can call me, besides he or she is calling me twice within 3 minutes, then the call goes through. It’s vital to not get distracted and I am doing great with the DND mode (Set for the whole day, only from 3 to 5 p.m. everyone can call me.

Conclusion

These are the best productivity apps 2020 I use on a regular basis. Using them can be incredibly useful to supplement your life with technology and get more done in the same time.

Which apps are YOU using? Let me know in the comment section down below!

I hope you could learn something from this post and it made your life a little bit simpler – let me know! You can find more productivity-related posts on the right-hand side.

As always, I would be happy to hear some feedback on this post.

-Julian

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