Working from home can increase the layers of communication you need between you and your teammates, an increase in distractions and let’s admit it, a dip in productivity. It is a different environment that you’re working in and besides seeking help from productivity playlists on Spotify, productivity apps can be your next best bet.

These apps ensure communications stay robust and intact between teams and help keep track of projects and tasks. Management tools, project prioritization, scheduling and any work task can be easily tracked on these apps.

Best of all? They are free for your use!

1. Evernote

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Photo: Evernote on App Store

Having a conducive workspace is one thing, keeping track of your tasks and completing them is another.

As a writer, there are random sparks of inspiration that hits me and I have to note them down – but the traditional writing tools or my laptop aren’t with me. Which is why Evernote comes in so handy. You can create a variety of notes that ranges from to-do lists to inspirations and ideas to a whole essay. Anything you want to write down can be digitised onto Evernote.

It makes life easier and more convenient as notes can be synced across your devices. So you can easily add on to your to-do list as you recount another to-do.

There are limited features that you can access with the free version. And if you’re looking for a more comprehensive notetaking app, you can opt for in-app purchases which allows you to organize your notes better.

Evernote is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for free.

2. Trello

Besides Evernote, another productivity app that I use on a daily basis is Trello.

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Photo: Trello on App Store

It’s striking ability to manage, organize and arrange tasks mean that it is great for project management and even simple to-dos. You can add cards, set deadlines and assign cards to specific members, attach images, screenshots and include Google Drive folders to share.

You can customise each column to represent project status, keep them in the archives. Literally, anything you want to do, Trello can do it for you.  You can also upgrade to a business version to enjoy premium features – much like the business class of flights!

Trello is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for free. You can also upgrade to a business version to enjoy premium features – much like the business class of flights!

3. Buffer

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Photo: Buffer

If you’re a social media influencer, manager, or just an avid fan of social media, Buffer is the unparalleled productivity app you will need.

At Buffer, you can create and schedule posts, and then track their performance – all in one app! You get utmost flexibility when it comes to scheduling, rescheduling, and editing your social media posts (yes, including Instagram).

I know that social media captions can be tough to curate, which is why you can create posts at any time and Buffer will automatically add to queue and publish according to schedule.

Buffer is free for a single user with 3 social media accounts and you can upgrade to 8 social media accounts and more at a fee.

Buffer is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for free.

 

4. Flat Tomato

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Photo: Flat Tomato

As much as I wish this was a cooking app, it’s actually a productivity app that leverages on the Pomodoro Technique. And no, it’s not on how to cook the perfect Pomodoro pasta.

The Pomodoro Technique has been in use since the 1980s. The concept of breaking time up into 25-minute pockets followed by a short break. These 25-minute pockets (or intervals) are otherwise known as Pomodoro, which is the Italian word for tomato.

Working in the 25-minute intervals is said to optimise your productivity and focus in that short span of time. Allowing you to get more things done in a shorter span of time.

Plus, you get to change the themes and track your progress on a daily calendar. All for free.

The Flat Tomato app is only available on iOS devices.

 

5. Remember The Milk

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Photo: Remember The Milk

Remember The Milk gets my stomach growling and my to-do list rolling. It may sound simple but simplicity is often what disorganised people (like me) needs.

You get to create tasks, sub-tasks, tag them, manage them for both work and non-work related to-dos. Which is great because working from home means you have more household responsibilities, like remembering the milk.

Furthermore, Remember The Milk allows integration with Google Calendar, Evernote and even Gmail to make life easier for you.

Download the Remember The Milk app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, and never forget the milk again.

Remember The Milk is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for free.

 

6. Monday.com

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Photo: Monday.com on App Store

Monday blues? No such thing here at Monday.com.

With names like Uber, eBay and Paypal all using Monday.com as their team management platform, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t hop on the ship as well.

Monday.com helps to shape projects and workflows in just minutes. With easy templates and drag-and-drop blocks, organizing and managing tasks in a team has never been easier.

Especially useful for remote work, Monday.com allows you to customize and automate your board and workflows. You’ll no longer different teammates working on the same task, and the communications barrier will thin with the help of Monday.com.

Monday.com is available on the App Store and Google Play Store for free.

As we stand strong during this period of time, it is important that we stay focused on what we need to complete. From Spotify playlists to Work From Home Essentials and a complete list on Online Grocers, we’re here to support you throughout the tough times (even with Cashback).

We hope the productivity apps help you stay focused and stay safe everyone!