Learn7 Tools to Keep You Organized and Productive


Mary McPherson
writes on January 14, 2016

I don’t know about you, but these days I need all the help I can get to stay organized. Especially for those Treehouse students looking to make a dent in courses that have been on your to-do list for awhile, don’t underestimate the power these apps can have in helping you reach your goals!



A well done, simple to-do list app with reminders and a daily planner feature that gives you a rundown of your day. Any.do can be used as a web or mobile app.




If you are looking for a to-do list app with more features, Wunderlist might be your best bet. From notes, comments, tags, and push to email capability, this app can be used to organize and collaborate.

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For all of you overachievers out there, Omnifocus is a dream come true. What really sets this app apart is the ability to organize and filter tasks by context (e.g., work, home) and perspective (e.g., planning, doing). There are also a bunch of fun features, like location awareness and Siri capture. The downside? It’s for Mac and iOS only, and is an investment at $39.99 for basic, $79.99 for pro.

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Do you really know how much time you spend on social media or email? Perhaps you need an intervention . . . RescueTime runs silently in the background of your computer and tracks time spent on applications and websites, that way you can take a look at reality and try and improve. I have to admit, this one terrifies me, but I probably need it the most.

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You’ve probably heard of Evernote, as it has been around for awhile now. It’s primarily a note-taking app, that has expanded over the years to include a ton of useful features. Think of it as searchable cloud storage for notes, photos, writing, web clippings and more. It’s extremely flexible, so you have control over how you can incorporate it into your life.




Pocket is a fantastic app for simply saving web content you want to view later. How often have you come across an article that you wanted to read, but didn’t want to get distracted from what you were already working on? With Pocket, you can save the article (or video, etc.) and view it on demand, even with no Internet connection.

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Focus Booster

This app is based on the pomodoro technique (if you haven’t heard of it, read this article). It helps users divide work up into manageable chunks to help get more done during the day. This app also has the bonus of built-in time tracking and productivity reports, so you can see what parts of the day you maintain your focus the best.

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There are so many tools out there to help keep you on track and make the most of your day! Do you have any favorites that you would add to this list?


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8 Responses to “7 Tools to Keep You Organized and Productive”

  1. Also check Freeter.io

  2. Tomas Rokos on January 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm said:

    If you use Trello as your task manager for the project you should totally checkout Pomello on Chrome web store. It’s like Pomodoro but with all the things from Trello – awesome!

  3. I love the design and universal use of Thrive’s Solo- it’s basically a secretary we all need: you can track time, use it for invoicing, taxes, customer address book …Complete project management.
    And it’s using Garamond!

  4. Im real surprised to not see Todoist on this list!
    I moved form Omnifocus 2 to Todoist for the simple reason of terrible syncing across devices and the price.
    Todoist is free ( to some extent before needing to pay premium plan for certain features) and the karma point system is a fantastic way to keep aiming to do more each day!

  5. Dave Huish on January 16, 2016 at 10:51 am said:

    I use and love Freedcamp.
    Freedcamp is a free web-based project management tool and organization system for single or multiple user collaboration. It’s very nicely done. Freedcamp.com

  6. I use Keep, Wunderlist and Evernote together. Each just different enough to compliment the others.

  7. Ezequias Rocha on January 14, 2016 at 3:21 pm said:

    Take a look on Meistertask.

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