What are the best productivity apps?

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Francis86

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Not endorsing it or anything, but I've been using Basecamp for a while now, especially for coordination with freelance teams, and all I can say is it works. Highly recommended for project management. I think it's available on Android and iOS. As for team coordination, I'm using an in-house messaging tool developed as part of the package of free business tools of my company, semilimes. I don't know if it counts as an app, but it's accessible via web (browser based,) iOS, and soon on Android.
For a paid productivity app, I had the most experience with Zoho, when I was still a part of a large company. Not really sure about the price, but I think we were using an enterprise-level account. This is beneficial especially if you have multiple teams with overlapping tasks and other special considerations.
 

djbaxter

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I've recently been introduced to Slack.

Works well. I use the desktop version (installs in the system tray with notifications just like email) but also have it installed on as an iPhone app for when I'm away from my desk (again with notifications enabled). It's also available as an Android app.

You can also integrate a large number of other apps into Slack (Google Drive, Dropbox, Salesforce, etc.) if you wish.
 

Francis86

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You can also integrate a large number of other apps into Slack (Google Drive, Dropbox, Salesforce, etc.) if you wish.
I forgot this part! Productivity apps SHOULD really integrate with other apps. The user is not limited to just one tool, and that's really what productivity is about--having the best tools at your disposal, so you could work intelligently and efficiently.
 

Shail Akhil

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In my business, I usually have several projects I'm working on, and so I was searching for something to help me organise and manage it all. Essentially, I needed something that could help me :
  1. Manage projects and clients
  2. Manage tasks & ideas
  3. Prioritise those projects/clients/tasks/ideas
  4. Keep notes for each task
  5. Record time I spent working on tasks (for billing purposes, as well as to get an idea of how accurate my time estimations for each task were)
  6. See the impact active tasks have on my workload for the next 4 weeks, so I could decide whether to take more work on or not
  7. Provide a report that showed the time I planned to spend on tasks, and the time I actually spent, so that I could improve my time estimations, and therefore quotes, for future projects
Everything I looked at was either too pricey, too convoluted, or just too heavy on “hip” and “fluff” and too light on functionality and usefulness.

So I just went ahead and built my own, and because it is tailored to my own preferences, I find it very useful.

I've made it available as a free service to anyone else who might want to use it, so I hope it's ok for me to post a link to it here:

www.priority-zero.com
 

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