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9 Apps to Help You Get Sh*t Done

Ever wish for more hours in a day? Of course you have. While we can’t stop the clock, we can help you make the most of every minute. These nine apps manage your time, prioritize tasks, stay focused and generally empower you to get more shit done. (You’re welcome.)


Sunrise Calendar

Sunrise Calendar

SUNRISE CALENDAR
Free, available for iOS, Android
sunrise.am
Step up your calendar game with Sunrise. This app works with your existing calendars, like Google calendar or iCal, to organize all of your events. It even integrates information from Facebook, LinkedIn and Google apps, so you have all the information you need about the people and places on your schedule at your fingertips.

Timeful

Timeful

TIMEFUL
Free, available for iOS
timeful.com
This app finds time in even the most jam-packed calendars for everything you want to tackle. Select an event, to-do or habit—which can be anything from work meetings to exercise to picking up your dry cleaning—as well as a frequency and preferred time of day, and Timeful will put it on your schedule, minding, of course, your existing appointments. To boot, as you check tasks off your list, Timeful learns about your preferences, so it can give you more informed suggestions about when to get stuff done.

Any.do

Any.do

ANY.DO
Free, available for iOS, Android and web
any.do
The blissfully simple interface of this app should take some of the stress out of your monster to-do list. You can tell it what you want to get done when, and you’ll receive reminders. Other features include breaking tasks into subtasks (for example, you can, for example, create a list of groceries nested under “Go to grocery store”), sharing and delegating tasks with coworkers or family and syncing across all of your devices.

Mailbox

Mailbox

MAILBOX (BY DROPBOX)
Free, available for OSX, iOS and Android
mailboxapp.com
How often do you intend to follow-up on a non-urgent email and then never look at it again? For most of us, this is the reality of overstuffed inboxes. Thankfully Mailbox streamlines your inbox, allowing you to delete, archive, scan, and organize messages with a swipe. You can also let Mailbox to put off an email for a designated amount of time—whether that’s later in the day, tomorrow, or weeks in the future. The more you use it, the smarter the app gets, and eventually Mailbox can automate your most common actions.

Pocket

Pocket

POCKET
Free, available for iOS, Android and web
getpocket.com
Just think how much smarter and savvier you’d come off if you could just remember to read everything on the internet you wanted to. Pocket saves all of the articles and videos you’ve been meaning to check out, so you can look at them whenever you have a spare moment. Plus, you can access your saved content on any of your devices and view it on- or offline.

Evernote

Evernote

EVERNOTE
Free, premium version $5 a month, available for iOS, Android and web
evernote.com
Good news to the jotters and doodlers out there: You don’t have to give up pen and paper to stay organized. Evernote collects all of your handwritten notes, as well as articles and images in one place, so you can keep track of all of your projects.

7-Minute Workout

7-Minute Workout

7-MINUTE WORKOUT APP
Free, available for iOS, Android and desktop
well.blogs.nytimes.com
Introducing a way for even the most time-pressed among us to squeeze in exercise. Chances are you saw the New York Times’ Scientific 7-Minute Workout floating around the internet when it first came out. The research-backed high-intensity routine was designed to help you burn calories and build strength, without cutting into your precious time. Now, you can access the speedy regimen from your device of choice.

Google Drive

Google Drive

GOOGLE DRIVE
Free, available for iOS, Android and web
google.com/drive
Keep all of your important documents, spreadsheets, images, PDFs, and more in the palm of your hand…or on your desktop…or on whatever device you use. A true team player? Then you’ll love how easy it is for others to collaborate. You’ll get 15 GB of storage space for free, which should be plenty for most people, but you can always pay for more.

Headspace

Headspace

HEADSPACE
Free or $7.99 a month, available for iOS and Android
headspace.com
Research indicates that meditation can decrease stress, boost focus and increase creativity, explaining why even Wall Street types and professional athletes have added it to their routines. And with Headspace, you, too, can easily implement this seemingly abstract practice. To start, the app takes you through a daily 10-minute guided meditation that also arms you with meditation basics. The goal is to do 10 days in a row, and you can visualize your progress in the app. You can keep repeating the intro meditations or buy a subscription for access to the meditation series’ and one-offs on topics like health and performance.


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