The New Year is typically the most popular time for a fresh start, but with the crisp, energizing fall air settling in, the season feels like the perfect time to buckle down and get things done. Because after a summer of beach days and trips, those overflowing to-do lists (unfortunately) aren’t going complete themselves.
The only problem? Getting through those tasks requires a certain level of discipline and productivity—and transitioning from the beach-bum life back to a conquer-the-world mind-set isn’t easy.
Luckily, there’s an app for that: With these helpful tools, you’ll be an unstoppable #girlboss in no time.
The next time your productivity needs a boost, try one of these 8 helpful apps.
You know that to-do list of yours? Well, it’ll be easier to finish if you keep all your tasks in one place (rather than not scattered on random pieces of paper or in your iPhone Notes). When you use Todoist, your tasks are listed out in a minimalist-style format that syncs to all your devices. It’ll not only help you stay on top of things, but also keep you super organized in the process.
It’s nearly impossible to get anything done with a cluttered inbox. (Just try it—dare ya.) Instead of spending all your time unsubscribing from newsletter upon newsletter, use Unroll.Me to clean up your e-mail situation. After signing up, you’ll get a list of all your subscription message—and you can instantly unsubscribe from the ones you no longer want.
You know how you can’t seem to get anything done when your favorite show is playing in the background? Turn off the TV and download Noisli. It lets you play different sounds that can help improve and boost your productivity levels, from nature noises like rain and waves to the hustling and bustling sounds of a coffeeshop. Added bonus: The ambient noise not only helps you get more done, but it also helps relieve anxiety.
If you tend have a zillion different projects going on at once, Trello will quickly become your new BFF. (Don’t worry, nothing could replace your real soul mate—your dog, duh!) Whether you’re just making a grocery list or are trying to keep track of your deadlines, this app will help with its highly-organized boards, workflows, and checklists.
Ready to focus? This app is here to help you buckle down, once and for all. After planning out your day and marking an estimated time you think it will take to complete each task, the app creates a schedule and helps you get through it by using a simple productivity technique. After selecting a task, you’ll have 25 minutes to work on it distraction-free until you get a five-minute break. Then, that cycle repeats until the task is done. You’ll be shocked by how much quicker you complete things when you aren’t also checking your e-mail, watching a YouTube video, or responding to texts.
If you like the idea of FocusList but really only need the timer, Forest is the perfect option. Whenever you want to focus, open the app and plant a tree—then, the tree will grow throughout the time you allotted yourself. If you leave the app, the tree will be killed, which is, like, super sad (especially if it’s free-range!). So, basically it forces you to stay on-task and rewards you with a beautiful, virtual forest you can build up over time. The app is partnered with the organization Trees for the Future and plants real trees through the credits you earn. (The count has already grown above 181,000 trees!)
You probably already use Google Calendar to keep track of your workouts and brunch dates, but one feature often goes unnoticed: the option to set reminders for yourself, as well as set goals. Whether you want the app to ping you when you’re getting close to a deadline or to make sure you stay on path to reach any long-term goals, having the info right on your calendar will help ensure sure the items don’t slip to the wayside.
Evernote is perfect for anyone who needs to lay out everything visually: It lets you keep all your notes, to-do lists, and ideas all in one place. Plus, it gives you a place to put all those thoughts that are keeping you from being productive. When you clear your head, your to-do list will get done in record time.