5 Apps I’m Using For Ultimate Productivity In 2021

December 16, 2020
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Would you believe me if I told you I was a productive procrastinator after reading the title of today’s post?

Well, as much as I hate to admit it, it’s true. Making lists and thinking through processes are two of my superpowers. However, when it comes to actually doing the things I’ve listed, procrastination likes to take over. I always get it done though! A big cause of my procrastination is being on my phone a lot more than I need to. 

But wait a minute, why am I writing about productivity apps if my phone is the problem?

It’s not necessarily the phone that is the problem as much as the apps I am frequenting. My plan in 2021 is to fill my phone with more apps that promote productivity rather than disturb it. So here are the five productivity apps that will help you acomplish your to-do list in 2021. 

Trello

I was late to the Trello party, but I’m so glad I finally started using it. I’m sure there are things I still haven’t learned that the app can do. I like using it to keep track of big projects and plan my social media content. You can even get templates that others have created. That way all you have to do is input your information.

If a physical planner hasn’t helped you, or you just prefer digital for ease of access, Trello is an app you need to try. Some of the highlights are being able to create lists, attach links and pictures, and even share it with others to make it collaborative. This makes Trello a great option for group projects.

Focus Matrix

I discovered the Eisenhower Matrix earlier this year. I even wrote an article all about it for GenTwenty. Focus Matrix is a virtual Eisenhower Matrix and it is easy to use.

If you don’t know what the Eisenhower Matrix is I’ll give you a quick introduction to it. This is a productivity tool that segments your to-do list to determine the urgency and importance of each of your tasks. Read that blog post for more information. It is my new favorite way to make a to-do list.

Focus Keeper

If you have a hard time with distractions while working, Focus Keeper will be your productivity life-savor. With this app the goal is to focus on one task at a time, after a short period of time, usually 25 minutes, you take a quick break, and then get back to work. After you’ve done a few rounds you’ll take a longer break.

This also helps for people that tend to overwork themselves and not take breaks. I’m talking to myself here. This helps you become more aware of your time. I haven’t used this method in a while, this app will help me bring it back in 2021.

Google Calendar

Next up on the list of productivity apps is Google Calendar. This app is kind of self-explanatory. Everyone needs a calendar on their phone. I like Google Calendar because it connects on all my devices. I also love getting to color code my tasks. I don’t utilize it as much as I should, so that is another productivity app I’m bringing into 2021.

Screen Time/Moment

I have a bad habit of staying on social media for longer than I need to. This has definitely impacted my productivity this year, and I don’t want it to follow me into 2021. To be more aware I plan on checking my Screen Time stats more often, and making adjustments when needed.

I also downloaded a new app, Moment, that looks to be a digital detoxing app. I could definitely use more of that in 2021. I’ll update you all on what I think once I’ve used it more.

Intentional Home Screen

Okay, so this isn’t an app, but a great tool to utilize. If you have the latest update of the iPhone, I’m sure you have heard about the customizable home screen. It’s my new favorite thing. I can use this feature to my advantage by prioritizing all my productive-focused apps at the very front, and the distracting apps either on the last page. I’m even considering leaving them in the App Library. Here is a video of what my home screen looks like now, to give you an idea of how much you can do with this feature.

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Obsessed with how this turned out! 😍 It was definitely worth the time it took to create it. #iphone14homescreen #christmastiktok

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Which of the productivity apps are your favorite? What productivity apps did I miss? Let me know in the comments. I’ve got another freebie coming your way tomorrow that you don’t want to miss.

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