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Best Productivity Apps to Help You Achieve More in 2020

Productivity apps will help you manage your schedule and daily tasks. In today’s fast-paced and busy world, we are increasingly depending on apps to boost our productivity. 

Productivity tools are tailored to different lifestyles, and different interests. It ranges from time management apps, project management apps, online planners and calendars.These apps will definitely help make life a little easier when it comes to getting things done.

We have rounded up a list of some of the best productivity apps to help you become organized, focused to become successful in 2020 and beyond. 

    Earnit is a task management application for parents and their children. Tasks can be assigned to children and rewards can be received when the tasks have been completed. A complete task management system including notification, task schedules, task approval, messaging, goal setting, screen time limits and so much more.  The app is available on both iOS and Android devices and is free to download. The application is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. However, the free edition may have some application restrictions as a paid version grants full access.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    AskUltra app is a guide and support tool for teaching kids about business and entrepreneurship. It provides knowledge and encouragement for children who are interested in turning their ideas and skills into a business either now or in the future. It is available for both Android and iOS devices. The app is free to download and the full content is available by taking out a subscription.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The application ‘PDF Reader Pro - Sign, Edit PDF’ is a versatile PDF Reader for users who wish to read, highlight, sign and fill out PDFs on their mobile devices. This feature packed application is ideal for personal use and business and is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases. The app ‘PDF Reader Pro - Sign, Edit PDF’ is a one time paid application and supports over 50 languages. This application is also available on an iOS/windows platform where the user can find an array of other unique features.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad , Windows , Mac


    The application ‘S’moresUp – Best chores App’ is a modern-tool for modern-day parenting. The application offers a number of key features that enable parents, single-parents and guardians to manage everyday activities such as chores, family calendars, rewards, a playdate planner, goals and so much more. The application is free but requires a user account for full accessibility. The application is free from in-app adverts and in-app purchases.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The application Boomerang Parental Control is a unique piece of software that gives parents remote control of their non-iOS devices. This application is also available on the iOS platform however there are some limitations. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    The Typesy app that supports the unique typing software that will improve your typing speed and proficiency.  In an ever growing society of digital platforms, student e-portfolio assignments and digital dissertations the requirement in school and the working environment to become more proficient in typing has never been greater. This software is free from in-app adverts and has a one-off payment for both home and office. Educational institutions and businesses may benefit from generous discounts when the software is used on a larger scale. Check-out the Typesy free download from the App store for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and for Mac desktop computers and MacBooks. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    30/30 app is a must-have time-management app that will help you organize and utilize your time in a more effective way.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Genius Scan is a simple, flexible, scanner app with a nice set of features. Once you scan your document, contract, or note, you can export it as a JPEG or multiple-page PDF file, which is handy. If being able to fine tune everything about your scanned documents is the way you want to go, Genius Scan is an excellent option.  Genius Scan is a good scanner app for iOS and Android devices. Easily scan documents by taking a picture with your phone. GeniusScan turns them into a scan and you can then email them out from the app. Like most people, I don’t have a scanner when I need one. Genius Scan definitely makes life a bit easier when you are on the go.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Grammarly is one of the best writing apps that can help anyone improve their quality of writing. Grammarly is an online grammar checker and proofreading tool that can help avoid embarrassing typos and grammatical errors. It’s also a robust spell check tool that keeps your writing mistake-free. It can be used on the web, as a Windows or Mac app, or as a Chrome, Safari, Edge, or Firefox browser extension. 

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Wunderlist is a handy task manager with a fun and simple interface. This app is great for work, home and play. Users will accomplish more during the day by using Wunderlist to organize tasks, create lists, set goals, save notes, share lists and more.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Tiny Scanner - PDF Scanner app is a free scanning app that can quickly capture your receipts, documents, or anything else you need to scan as either an image or a PDF. You can quickly toggle between photograph, black and white, or greyscale. The app can save the scanned files in the folders to keep yourself organized and then share your scans in just a few taps. Tiny Scanner app scans the document with the camera of your iPad or iPhone or Android, and you can send them to Google Drive, Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud and One Drive, or you can save them on your device. You can also use AirDrop in order to share your scans to other iPhones and iPads. Batch mode can also let you scan multiple pages into a single PDF.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Free YouTube Downloader is a simple but effective application that quickly downloads videos without any hiccups. It's simple to use, highly customizable, ad-free, and doesn't include any bundled extra software. 

    Devices: Windows


    GoodNotes 4 - Notes & PDF lets students create a digital notebook, and then fill it with pages upon pages of digital notes. Rather than being limited to a blank page or lined page, kids can customize the background with different styles of lined paper, graphing paper, and even custom images. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Drawborad PDF is available for Windows devices. The app costs £7.69 to download and there are no in-app purchases. Drawboard PDF helps with organizational and productivity skills and is best suited for students in secondary school and post-secondary. Drawboard PDF for Android and Drawboard iPad are not currently available.  After doing a full Drawboard PDF review we believe it is a fantastic tool for creating and amending PDF documents which allows users to add notes, bookmarks and even images. Drawboard PDF feels very smooth and keeping with the Windows 8 style, and makes use of intuitive gestures to improve workflow and ease of use. The interface is packaged very smartly, and hides its vast suite of tools away in a clever little pie chart-like control. Tools for collaboration would be the cherry on top, but this app has received an EAS Certification of 5 stars.  

    Devices: Windows


    Noteshelf is an app designed to take written notes on an iPad, but it is so much more than that. It is so perfectly designed, so ingenious, so intuitive that it has to be considered one of the quintessential iPad apps. It’s a must-have tool and gets a 4.5/5 rating.   Noteshelf gets its name from the idea that you create notebooks, and they reside on a bookshelf in a style similar to iBooks.   The creation of a notebook is via the New button the the Bookshelf/Noteshelf. Here is where you select the title of the notebook, the cover and and the design of the paper. For example, graph paper, legal paper, etc.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Securely store, manage and share all your files, photos and documents with 10GB of free cloud storage from Box.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Poll everywhere is a student response app that allows students to give instant answers or feedback on presented content or offer assessment through teacher-designed surveys, polls, and discussion boards. Teachers can use text or images to relay responses and students can react to the real-time responses from their peers. The app can bring more interactivity into your classes to further engage students in the learning experience.  

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Help the Earth further by changing how you shop and what you buy. GoodGuide is an excellent iPhone app that has ratings and information for over 175,000 personal care items, food (including pet food), household cleaners, toys, paper products, and more. You will learn which products are less toxic than others and what companies have the most environmentally friendly track records. Simply use your iPhone's camera to scan bar codes and find out if the items rate high or low based on health, environmental, and social impact. If you have chosen an item that rates low, GoodGuide now provides alternative options by the same brands.

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Protecting the environment is a collective effort, and it can be fun. JouleBug turns your sustainable habits into a game and makes it social. Share the steps you're taking to go green with your social networks, join local communities, like and comment on others' sustainability efforts, and earn points and score achievements to see how green you are compared to your community.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    PDF Expert 5, developed by Readdle, is the most downloaded app for iPhone and iPad with all-in-one PDF solution. It is very easy for you to highlight some words, draw figures with your fingers and make your own personal notes. Now editing PDF is not a tiresome task anymore, PDF expert offers features like smart zoom and intelligent snapping to help you to edit your PDF documents in the way you want. Moreover, there is a mode known as sepia mode which makes the reading experience more than ever on the phone. PDF Expert 5 is designed in such a way that it seems like that made for iOS. It looks neat and beautiful with every minor detail. PDF expert 5 has so many tools to use and they are all just one tap away. PDF expert 5 is a place where you can store all your files including the online services like Google drive and Drop box, email attachments or any local file on the desktop. However, PDF Expert 5 is not available to Android users so Android users may have to find its alternatives in the Android market. 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Mindly is one of the most beautiful mind-mapping apps enables you to create several different mind maps for planning a project, though structuring, idea collection, etc. If you are a visual learner, Mindly is a great app for planning and developing ideas via mind-mapping. It allows you to develop ideas quickly and expand on ideas easily.  Besides from creating logical and complex mind maps, you can use it for simpler things like writing a quick summary, preparing for a speech or meeting, etc. Mindly has all the necessary features you will ever need like the support for hierarchy between elements, ability to add colors, icons, and images to elements, ability to reorganize content, PDF or OPML or Text exporting, visual clipboard, password protection, Dropbox sync, etc. So, if you are looking for simple, beautiful, and capable mind mapping app then Mindly is for you. Mindly is a great tool for organizing ideas on the fly, or quickly taking notes and impressions from a speech or conversation. Available for iOS and Android.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    This free app from Zoho gives you virtual notebooks with designer covers to store card style notes. The covers make it easy to segregate and identify different notebooks. You can also choose fonts, font size and colours as per your preference.    The app lets you create notes in 6 categories: text notes, checklists, audio notes, photo notes, sketches and document notes. On iOS, the app integrates with Siri. You can ask Siri to search through notes, for instance.    If you want to have your notes synced across your devices, you need to sign-up for a free account. Its not mandatory to sign up if you don't want to back up online and only want to keep notes on your current device.    Overall, the free app gets our recommendation if you are looking for a simple yet feature-rich notes app.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    Bear - beautiful writing app for notes and prose (Free) by Shiny Frog di Matteo Rattotti e C. S.N.C. is a gorgeous new app for writers and note-takers. If you are looking for a replacement for Evernote or Apple Notes, then Bear is definitely one that you should take a look at, though it may not be for everyone.   Bear is downright beautiful and one of the prettier writing apps I’ve had the pleasure of using. Like most writing apps, Bear is composed of three parts: the Sidebar (on the left), the Notes List (in the middle), and the Editor (on the right).    Bear doesn’t provide this notebook system. Instead, you can use a tag system (like Evernote) to manage your notes. But you can easily mimic the notebook format by using sub tag.   The todo is one another nice features of Bear. You can create a task just by highlighting a line, and clicking on T. You can also move the task wherever you want in your notes. While it won’t replace a task manager like Todoist, Wunderlist, Trello, etc., it can be convenient to have this in your notes.    Bear if you are a writer and want a simple, clean, and fast writing app that is super flexible and just works. You can find Bear – beautiful writing app for notes and prose on the App Store as a universal app for the iPhone and iPad for free . 

    Devices: iPhone iPad


    Simplenote is a simple but neat way to coordinate all of your notes. Very simple in design, but the app allows you to add notes, add tags, share notes and make lists + tasks + reminders.   Simplenote allows you to save notes in plain text. All you need to do is sign up for an account and you can start using it right away. Recently Simplenote has added markdown syntax. Simplenotes’ synchronization is blazing fast. Changes you make on other devices will sync nearly instantly on other devices. There’s not too much functionality around everything… but more of a blank slate approach.

    Devices: Android iPhone iPad


    ScanBee’s interface is clutter-free, making it easy to get the job done quickly. Just tap the “New Scan” button at the bottom of the screen and snap a photo of your document. You’re then able to manually adjust the borders and crop it down. Multiple scans can be included in a single PDF file, and you’re able to share them via email or open them within other apps. Scans can also be stored within ScanBee for later use.

    Devices: iPhone iPad