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Did you know that there are literally thousands of apps that will help you become a more productive person? This can be a huge problem, though, because you'd have to waste at least a few weeks of your life testing them all. And that's exactly why I have built this site: to save you time and help you take the right software-related decisions. So, let's explore the best productivity apps out there.

1. Microsoft To Do

I didn't like Microsoft's philosophy that much in the past, but I've got to admit that my opinion changed when the company began to contribute to the software community a few years ago. Who would have thought that the software giant will sponsor Linux development? And they're doing many other good things. They are offering a 100% free, fully functional version of Visual Studio, for example.

Microsoft's task management app, which has replaced Wunderlist, incorporates the ability to create lists, set reminders, take notes, plan events, and more. And with a rating of 4.6 out of 100K+ votes, it means that their software is really good.

The app also incorporates an intelligent daily planner, using AI to integrate tasks which may be relevant to you, while having the ability to keep all the data and lists synchronized across several devices. You can also share lists with family members, friends, or coworkers.

2. Trello

If you plan to organize a big project, no matter if we are talking about personal or professional life, Trello has got all the needed tools. The app makes use of Kanban boards, cards, and lists to help you go from ideas to actions.

Since you can add calendars, photos, descriptions, locations, etc. to all the cards, your big projects can be broken down into individual, easy to manage pieces. And each card can trigger alerts when it is created, assigned, or completed.

Trello can also work offline, sending new data to the cloud when your device can connect to the Internet again. I guarantee that people who want to organize big family projects will love the simplicity of this app.

3. Evernote

Want to be able to capture your ideas as soon as inspiration strikes? If the answer is affirmative, Evernote has got your back. The notes are stored locally, synchronized to the cloud and can be shared with anyone.

The app's most important feature (at least for me) is the powerful note search engine, though. With Evernote, you will be able to find whatever you are looking for within seconds, no matter if you are searching notes, notebooks, checklists, scanned documents, handwritten notes, to-do lists, drawings, etc.

If you are like me, you discover interesting content on the Internet each day. Fortunately, you can use this app to save useful web pages and important documents. With Evernote Premium, which is priced at $69.99 per year, you can upload up to 10 GB of new data each month. I'd say it's a very good deal.

4. RescueTime

This useful application will tell you how much time you're spending using each app on your phone. By making use of it, you will rediscover what you already knew: you are wasting a lot of time online ;)

RescueTime includes a free desktop-based companion application, which will help you track time on your computer as well. The program will break down the applications into categories automatically, telling you how much time you've spent doing actual work.

With RescueTime, you can set desired screen time goals each day, and you will receive notifications as soon as you exceed them. The premium version will also allow you to add offline activities to the app's list.

5. Slack

The last app presented in this article is essential for companies of all sizes. With Slack, you can get projects done faster by improving team communication.

Use this mobile application to communicate with your team through messages or phone calls, and then organize conversations by projects, topics, and so on. Edit documents together with others and save them to a central database which indexes them automatically. Use the powerful search function to retrieve any piece of information fast.

Slack will synchronize all the data across your team members' devices, so you'll be able to work easily even when you are away from the office. If you need access to the files that are stored on your computer on the go, this app has all the features you will ever need.