5 Free Apps To Up Your Productivity


Sometimes you need a little extra help to work smarter, not harder. As you ease back into the week post-Labor Day (RIP Summer Fridays) or are getting into the swing of the semester, here are five free apps to try out to get more done.


1) Grammarly
Spellcheck is one thing, but grammar mistakes are a lot tougher to spot. This free writing assistant catches all your grammatical errors, including more complex ones like missing articles and comma usage. Because it's a Chrome extension, you can use it across Gmail, LinkedIn, and wherever else you're writing (goodbye, errors in job applications!). Better yet, Grammarly provides explanations for its corrections so that your grammar improves—vs. you just becoming reliant on the app. 


2) Todoist
Who doesn't love a good to-do list? Todoist helps you organize and prioritize the things on your to-do list, be they work-related or personal. Set levels of urgency, reoccurring reminders, assign tasks to team members, and track your progress towards larger goals via data visualizations.


3) Pocket
Ever lose a thought piece or news article you wanted to read, but forgot to bookmark? Use Pocket to save articles, videos, and other content to consume later in an uncluttered, easy-to-read format. Everything you've saved syncs to all your devices, and can be read offline without internet. It's an easy way to carve out more time to read on your subway commute or over lunch.


If This Than That (IFTTT) helps connect your apps and devices, so you can automate certain actions and make your life easier. For example, have IFTTT add songs you like from YouTube videos to a Spotify playlist. Or automatically send an article to a Slack channel when you tag it with a specific tag in Pocket. Or create iPhone reminders about emails you've starred or marked as urgent. Check out some of the most popular functions and automate things you didn't even know you needed!


5) Bear
Upgrade your writing or note taking experience from Microsoft Word to Bear, a beautifully designed writing app. Use hashtags to find and organize notes, and cross-note links to reference notes between documents. It even has its own to-do list function, and a Focus Mode. Its core version is free for iOS and Mac, but a Bear Pro subscription ($1.49/month) allows you to sync your writing across devices, export your writing to PDF, HTML, DOCX, JPG, and choose from different themes and typography.

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