Smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of how we work, communicate, and collaborate. It has even simplified how we manage our lives. To make it in the competitive app market, developers are constantly creating unique and functional applications. Over recent years, many apps have shot to the top but have fallen off just as quickly to be replaced by new comers who add more depth to the app category.

Brand new apps and updates crop up every day. In fact, Statista reported that Apple’s App Store receives a monthly average of 1,798 app submissions. The two largest platforms for application distributions are the Apple Store, which caters to iOS users, and Google Play, the official app store for the Android OS. Google Play alone has more than 2.2 million apps available while the App Store is not far behind with 2 million.

Today we’ll be looking at the best apps that are specially designed to help you boost your productivity and keep you on top of the game. Let’s take a look:

10.   Polymail
Rating: 3.5 stars
Get it on iOS

Email is the most common form of communication within teams. Polymail is a modern email client that allows you to master your inbox with powerful tools. The app features Email Tracking, Read Later Snooze, and Send Later Schedules. It also has Contact Profiles that informs you about who you’re emailing. Seamlessly declutter and manage all your email accounts with this one app!

9.       Paper by Fifty Three
Rating: 4 stars
Get it on iOS

Though initially a drawing and notebook application, Paper has integrated other functions into its system. You can create checklists, notes, and do some photo editing such as highlighting details. Paper also allows you to create diagrams and charts right from your smartphone. When you’re done, simply save your work in different formats such as PDF, Keynote, and PowerPoint!

8.       Asana
Rating: 4.1 stars
Get it on Android or iOS

Asana is the brainchild of two inventors—Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and Facebook and Google co-inventor Justin Rosenstein. The app has various features including Tasks and Project Management, Communication, Views, Team Management, and Integrations. For the most part, Asana is free but it also has a premium package that gives you privileged access to other features such as Admin Controls and Private Projects. The best part of the app is that it synchronizes with all your devices to keep you up-to-date!

7.       Do
Rating: 4.2 stars
Get it on Android or iOS

Do is a simple, user-friendly task management application that enables users to easily plan and see their daily to-do list at a glance. Everything you need to know from meetings to key information is at your fingertips.

On the app, you can prepare for upcoming meetings by setting agendas, sharing it with colleagues, and attaching files. You can also assign tasks to members through the app thus increasing transparency and accountability within the team. Meetings made easy!

6.       Remember the Milk
Rating: 4.4 stars
Get it on Android or iOS

Trying to remember everything you need to do for the day can be overwhelming. Get the to-dos out of your head and into an app! Remember The Milk will do all the remembering and reminding for you. The free app is a quick and easy solution to task listing, organizing, and prioritizing. Its streamlined design allows you to enter all the key information such as due dates, priority, repeats, and tags in one line. For reminders, it will ping you through other platforms such as Gmail, Twitter, Hangouts, and Skype!

5.       Slack
Rating: 4.4 stars
Get it on Android or iOS

Despite what its name suggests, the app is for anything but slacking! Slack is a tool that allows teams and leaders to seamlessly communicate with each other. Its features include Direct Messages between users, Drag-and-Drop File Sharing, and third-party sign-in such as Twitter, Google Drive, Hangouts, and Dropbox thus relieving you of having to switch between apps. It also indexes and archives all your files so that you can have it at your fingertips with a quick keyword search! Like most apps, Slack keeps all your data in sync across all your devices. It will keep your place in the file so you can always pick up where you left off!

4.       Pocket
Rating: 4.5 stars
Get it on Android or iOS

Pocket is a handy app that allows you to save articles, links, videos, and more for future references. The app is available on a wide range of devices from desktop web browsers to more than 1500 apps. It doesn’t matter where you save it from because Pocket synchronizes your saved content on all your devices! Don’t have internet connection? No problem! Pocket saves it for you for offline viewing. No more losing important links. Keep it all in Pocket.

3.       Any.do
Rating: 4.5 stars
Get it on Android or iOS

Any.do is packed with features that are designed to help you stay on track with your daily tasks. Its features include reminders, events, to-do lists, and notes. It also has a sharing and syncing feature that allows you to connect with others.

The app has an easy task input which can be done by manually typing or voice recognition. In addition, it has a touch interface that allows you to drag-and-drop tasks into different categories. Any.do can help keep you ahead of your deadlines by reminding you about time sensitive items. As the developers said, the app helps you have a “clear path moving forward.”

2.       Fleep
Rating: 4.6 stars
Get it on Android or iOS

Communication is vital within a team. With so many emails and threads, misunderstanding and blunders are bound to happen. That’s where Fleep comes in handy. This app is a messenger for teams and projects. It is designed to enable crystal clear communication within and across organizations. From team chats to one-on-one conversations, Fleep has got you covered. One of its best features is that it doesn’t restrict you from contacting non-Fleep users. Simply message them using their email address and they’ll receive it as normal emails.

1.       Freedom
Rating: 5 stars
Get it on iOS

Most of us are easily distracted by social media and websites while working. Thankfully there is an app that works like horse blinders! Freedom is a free app that allows you to block distracting websites and apps when you want to be more productive. You can Schedule Freedom Sessions that will start automatically across all your devices. You have the power to set the time frame, the block list, and the frequency of the schedule. It’s time to stop wasting time and get productive!

These are only some of the best and most handy productivity apps in the market. There are still hundreds more out there. From team emails and messages to presentations, there’s an app out there waiting to be discovered! With these smartphone apps, you just might find yourself working more productively throughout your workday!

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