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10 Smartphone Apps that Help You Become More Productive

Updated on June 8, 2015
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Believe it or not, productivity apps actually work, and they can help you get organized, steamlined and become more efficient overall.

There are all kinds of productivity apps, from the kind that helps you whip your email inbox into ship shape condition to the kind that allow you to monitor your finances and keep track of your daily expenses.

There are smartphone apps that focus on efficiency, and there are smartphone apps that help you to avoid the death trap that is procrastination. So, without further delay, let's take a look 10 smartphone apps that will keep you productive.


Apps for Email Management

The Swizzle helps you unsubscribe from nuisance emails and and newsletters, you know the type - you start off subscribing to them because of some giveaway that you perceived as being valuable at the time you set it up, or because you thought the newsletter or email was going to be helpful, bit it turns it you can't even remember where the freebie is, and you don't even read any of the newsletters or emails.

Dispatch is a great little smartphone app that helps you clear the clutter out of your email inbox. This little gem goes through your inbox and cleans house, then it archives, favorites (star) or leaves items unread.

Dispatch is action-based email that is based on Based on developer Merlin Mann's idea of managing your inbox; check out the product video below:

Dispatch Email Productivity App

Apps that Keep You Focused

Lack of focus has been my worst enemy my entire life. I have ADHD: Inattentive Type, and I would pay money for anything that helps me to focus on the necessary activities of my life - fortunately, there are plenty of people who will take my money to do just that, especially smartphone app developers.

If you are not afflicted with Adult ADD, but you'd still appreciate a device that might help keep you focused, check out these nifty little focus based apps and see if one of them may be right for you:

Focus@Will is a music streaming service that is designed to continuously play tunes that will boost your concentration and get you in "the zone."

YouMail is a visual voicemail intelligent assistant application that allows you to reply by text, auto forward, it can transcribe and even block or re-route phone calls that might intrude on your daily grind and knock you out of focus.

Apps to Help You Stay on Task

"Task Management," it sounds like something you put on your resume to make potential employers believe you know how to get stuff done in an effective and efficient manner. However, for those of us who are not naturally gifted in the area of managing our time wisely, these apps can certainly help us appear that we are: grabs you by the hand and forces you to look over your to-do list every day, and then it makes you decide which of your tasks to complete, hand off to someone else, or push to the back burner. This little baby even lists the people you have to connect with in order to complete certain tasks.

ZenDay offers a clean, 3D user interface that helps you to visualize your daily tasks. Tasks are added to the calendar whenever a slot is available, and once a task is completed it is cleared to pave the way for the next task in line.

Sociidot is a creative little app that allows you to create a "story" for each of your goals, the goal is then populated with the tasks to move your story along (get the tasks done) in the form of little dots.

Apps for Tracking Expenses and Creating Videos

Keeping a close watch on daily spending habits is something all of us probably need to find a way to do, this is why Abukai is an ideal resource. Abukai is an expense tracking app that creates an expense report based on receipts you enter into its system by taking a photograph. The report is broken down and categorized and it makes you feel as though you have a mini accountant in your back pocket.

In addition to creating Hubs here on Hubpages, I also create video content and add it to my ever growing online money-making passive income stream. Any resource that will allow me to create videos faster and on the fly is a resource worth its weight in gold, and Videoshop is one such resource.

Videoshop allows you to stitch together mobile videos and create slideshows and presentations on the go. This handy little resource allows you to add and trim music, create slow motion videos, record voice overs and sound effects.

According to a CNET, the list of features for tweaking and stylizing your videos with VideoShop is exhaustive. You can add filters and video effects, text overlays, apply styles or themes, do voiceovers, music, sound effects, splice and trim clips, add photos, crop both photos and video, speed up or slow down a clip, apply a slow-motion effect, play a clip in reverse, capture stop-motion content, adjust exposure, copy clips, and add transitions.

I am hard pressed to imagine anything else I could possibly want in a mobile video editing app. Videoshop is a must-have if you are a YouTuber.

Mobile App to Curb Procrastination

Some of us are professional procrastinators. We have taken the phrase, "I'll get to it in a minute," to higher heights . Luckily for us, a little mobile app called Carrot is here to save the day.

Carrot is based on a punishment and reward basis - it punishes you for prograstination and rewards you for productivity. It accomplishes its main goal by awarding you with points for productivity, and you can take those points and redeem them for prizes - what could be better than that?

Well folks, that's it, that's all. These are all the smartphone apps I have that might help you become more productive. I hope something on this list of 10 apps that help you become more productive will help you out. If you know of a productivity app I haven't covered here on this list, please don't hesitate to leave a comment.

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    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      3 years ago from New Zealand

      Very useful information if you have a smartphone, which I don't have, maybe one day soon.

      I have twittered this article, it will be very good for people that don't know about these apps.

      Happy days writing.


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