App stores are always suggesting new apps aimed at increasing productivity, but they’re not suited for everyone. We all work differently, so it’s important to use apps that boost productivity in a style that works for you. Here are a few of the most intriguing and helpful productivity apps that I tried, after reading this list you should be able to find one that’s perfect for your needs.

1. Timeful For people who don’t have enough hours in the week


Supported Platforms: iOS

Timeful is an app that uses intelligent scheduling technology to help you find time for activities you never knew you had time for. The app syncs with multiple calendars to keep track of all your tasks and events in the same place, but the drawing force behind Timeful is its smart suggestion feature. When adding a new activity, the app will automatically suggest times that would work best to fit in your schedule.

Timeful finds time for habits you’d like to develop (like meditating three times a week or reading more) by adapting to your schedule to find your most productive hours in the day. As you use the app more frequently, it becomes smarter by offering better suggestions to make the most of your time.

Unfortunately, it’s only available on iPhone right now – but an Android version is currently in the works.

2. LastPass Premium – For people who can’t keep track of all their passwords


Supported Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

It may sound crazy to log all your passwords in the same place, but LastPass is an exception. Not only does LastPass use leading encryption technology to protect your data, it also gives you the power to never remember new passwords again. As you browse the web, LastPass saves your login and password information securely and syncs it to your devices.

The only password you’ll need to remember is to your LastPass account, which you’ll use to log in to your synced websites. If you’re worried about their cloud network getting hacked, you’re not alone. But it’s definitely more secure than using the same password for multiple sites, and their network hasn’t had a major breach in security since its debut in 2008.

3. Convert Everything – For people who didn’t have the greatest retention in science class


Supported Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

The existence of apps like this is why we didn’t pay enough attention in science class. Convert Everything lets you convert any unit of measurement to another and was featured by LifeHacker because of how useful it really is. It can be used offline and you’ll find yourself using it for everything from cooking to finances. Stop asking Google your basic conversion questions – find your answer easier with Convert Everything.

4. Timr – For people who don’t like to waste time


Supported Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone 

If you made a list of all the things you did this week and the time you spent doing them, would you be surprised at how long you spent on certain tasks? With Timr, you can gauge your productivity by measuring the time you spend at work, on activities and much more. Timr’s GPS mileage tracking feature automatically detects if you are in a moving vehicle and records your gas mileage.

5. Wunderlist – For people who breathe easier after making a list


Supported Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Wunderlist isn’t your normal list-making app. Wunderlist gives users a way to easily collaborate on projects by creating a list that’s shared with others. Choose tasks from the list and assign due dates to specific people, or just browse public lists to see what others have compiled for you.  You can also have conversations within the app and set reminders for each task.

6. Assistant – For people who need a little management in their lives


Supported Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Always wanted a personal assistant but don’t have the cash? The Assistant (also known as Speaktoit Assistant) app uses artificial intelligence to adapt your phone to your preferences. It’s like Siri, but smarter. It allows you to use voice recognition to create custom commands like saying the word “bird” to open Twitter or “I’m hungry” for a list of nearby restaurants.  Assistant also learns your favorite services and places and offers the best suggestions based off your current schedule and location.

7. Forest – For people who can’t fight distractions


Supported Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Plant a tree, start a project, then grow with the Forest app. This app aims to help you avoid the distractions of your phone to help you stay focused. When you start a project, you plant a seed that grows into a tree over the next 30 minutes. If you can’t resist the temptation of checking your phone during that time, the tree dies. Over time, you’ll build a forest of trees that each represent 30 minutes of time that you spent being productive.

8. GetHuman – For people who don’t want to wait around on customer service


Supported Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Possibly one of the most genius app ideas in history, GetHuman is a directory of the fastest customer service numbers for almost every major company. No more of the runaround or waiting for hours in call queues, GetHuman lets you bypass the automated system by reaching direct numbers.

The app is still relatively new so it won’t always find the numbers you need, but when it does you won’t be disappointed with how fast you’re connected. You can search their online database to see what numbers they have available.

9. Papyrus – For people who are natural notetakers

Supported Platforms: Android, Windows Phone

Papyrus is a lot more than a notetaking app. With Papyrus, you can take notes and doodle the way you would on paper. It’s simple to use and senses pen strokes accurately, making it easy to take notes the natural way. You even have the ability to cut, copy, and paste elements between notes and export notes to PDF, PNG, and JPEG files for easy sharing.

Though at first I thought handwriting my notes would be too time consuming, Papyrus is actually great for when you need to jot down a quick phone number or memo. You’ll find yourself using it a lot more than the preinstalled notetaking apps on your phone, and feeling a little better about your eco-friendly habits by saving paper.

10. HabitRPG – For people who take down everyday tasks like a hero


Supported Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

HabitRPG turns everyday life into a world of quests, achievements, health and high scores. It’s a planner app that turns your chores into adventures and daily tasks into rewards. First, you create an avatar and add all of your tasks and goals you’d like to conquer. Then the game takes play, and as you increase your productivity your character succeeds. But slip up in life and you’ll lose your progress.

Use peer pressure to persuade your friends to download the app and gamify their lives, which will let you create teams to take down tasks together. If your friends aren’t easily persuaded or not nearly as nerdy as you are, don’t worry – you can still join guilds and find people with similar interests to share tips and cheer you on.


It can be hard to adjust to using these apps on a regular basis, but be persistent. I found that using a productivity app consistently boosts my capacity to get things done at work and gives me a higher sense of reward when I finish projects. Were there any apps that I missed? Leave a comment with your favorite productivity app to let others know what works for you!