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Which Productivity Apps Do We Really Need?

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It’s not surprising that a new app claiming to help you become productive surfaces what seems like daily at this point. Which ones actually work? This list may help you out.

Most of us are slaves to our smartphones. Who knows how much time you spend mindlessly scrolling and tapping all day. In case you were wondering, there’s an app for that, too. An app called Moment will tell you just how much of your life you’re wasting on your phone. CNBC’s Todd Haselton used it for a week and got a pretty big dose of reality.

This screen shows how much time you spend on your phone per day. Anything over 3 hours turns the bar red, which means you’re using it too much. Oops.

Okay, so we know that you don’t want to waste precious time and energy that you’re probably already spending being on your phone. So what are the apps that we really need? The Guardian posted an article claiming to have 15 applications you can download to see an increase in your productivity. From their list, I’ve chosen 5 because really that’s just super overwhelming. The apps I’ve chosen are good to go for both Android and iOS. Check them out below!

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Boomerang is probably the most necessary app on this list. Have you found yourself working away on your phone only to be completely distracted by a new email? Then, you figure you’d better hurry up and check it out before you forget to go back to it later, only to lose track of what you were working on in the first place. Boomerang let’s you temporarily dismiss messages so that they’ll pop up later at a more convenient time.

You can also pause your inbox entirely, to suspend the torrent of interruptions while you’re busy, and schedule outgoing messages to be sent at specified times.


To-Do lists are great and all, but in today’s technology-driven world, there has to be something better out there than pen and paper, right? FocusList will do that and more. It plans your day by dividing your tasks into timed slots, encouraging the use of the Pomodoro Technique, which we’re pretty big fans of here at AccelaWork.

At the end of the day, you can review how much time you spent on each task and track your productivity over weeks and months.

Teleconferences are becoming more and more common as many companies are beginning to see the benefits of having remote workers. A good portion of big organizations have workers all around the globe so having a way to speak to one another is a pretty big deal. lets you bypass downloading a bunch of software and instead hosts meetings directly on their website.

And as well as video and audio, the service supports virtual whiteboard and screen-sharing features.

Genius Scan

How many times have you been out and about and wished you had a scanner? Maybe the one you use is broken? Or maybe, like me, you’ve still not found the funds to set aside to buy a fancy printer or scanner (though they’re usually combined now) so you have no way of getting important information to people when they need it. Genius Scan turns your phone into a personal document scanner.

Perspective and colour correction are automatically applied and a batch mode helps you quickly capture multi-page documents.


Managing a team and their workflow can seem pretty daunting because it really is hard to manage other people’s time and your own. Trello steps in and takes the reins. Each task is made into a card which is then grouped into boards that can be assigned to individuals or teams.

Cards can be updated with comments, links, attachments and other relevant information and automatic notifications ensure you’re kept in the loop.

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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