7 productivity apps to use during the workday

While your smartphone has a variety of enhanced features to help you get through your day, there are also a handful of must-have productivity apps that can easily take your productivity to that next level. We’ve compiled a short list of seven apps that can help you manage time, sort emails, take notes, and more. And luckily for you, many of these apps are available both on iOS devices and Android devices:

Blue Mail

Why you’ll love it: Blue Mail is one of the most popular apps for email because it works with Office 365, Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo. It offers several notification settings and has cool dark themes and smart features.

Download it from Google Play

Price: Free


Why you’ll love it: Because you’re busy and on the go, Any.do can help with all kinds of features like notes, reminders, to-do lists, lists for your to-do lists (kidding), and other helpful tools. You can sync it with any device, and the voice feature will let you add items on the go.

Download it from the iTunes Store or Google Play

Price: Free


Why you’ll love it: For anyone who needs to record shift schedules or work hours (or anyone who needs help with time management), this app is for you. This time-tracking app can send you reminders; it lets you set useful notifications (like timers and rules for time logs), and it gives you the option to view hours on your calendar.

Download it for iOS devices

Price: Free trial and then $7.99 per month

Newton Mail

Why you’ll love it: This is an email favorite because it works with iCloud, Office 365, Yahoo, Gmail, Outlook, and IMAP. Separate colors differentiate emails so you can view everything in one simple inbox. It includes helpful features like reading receipts, sender profiles, mail scheduling assistance, connected apps, and two-step authentication. Use it with OneNote, Zendesk, or Salesforce.

Download it for iOS and Android

Price: Free 14-day trial and then $49.99 per year


Why you’ll love it: If you’re sending posts, Buffer lets you work with LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, and other social media sites. If you use the free version, you can manage up to three accounts and send 10 scheduled posts for each account. For the pro plan, you can use eight accounts and send 100 posts. Business plans are either small (25 accounts), medium (50 accounts), or large (150 accounts), and all business plan categories max out at 2,000 scheduled posts per social account (and even offer advanced features like content creating tools and post approvals).

Download it for iOS and Android

Price: Free Pro plans are $15, Business plans range from $99 to $399


Why you’ll love it: If you’re delayed with too many repetitive tasks, you can automate tasks with IFTTT, which is an acronym for “If This Then That.” There are mini applets that can help with automating tasks – like backing up your photos or sending messages automatically to others. There are even applets that can turn on your smart lights when you arrive at home and ones that can send your spouse a message as you’re grocery shopping.

Download it for iOS and Android

Price: Free


Why you’ll love it: If you deal with a lot of day-to-day tasks and need help managing them, Trello is for you. You can use Trello for creating containers that you fill with lists. Within these lists, you can create cards that include notes, brainstorming ideas, tasks, photos, documents, and more. You can drag cards from list-to-list and even tag coworkers in a board, list, or individual card.

Download it for iOS and Android

Price: Free