Productivity gets derailed by two virtues of modern living: technology and options. All the communication choices we have can hurt our efficiency - even if their purpose is to give us more hours in the day. Enter the time management app. This abundant category can help you track hours, spot inefficiencies, and even block distractions.
The only problem: Trying to sort through which one works for you can be itself a waste of time. "I find people are struggling with getting all these applications from these sources and they're trying to figure out how to integrate them into their world. People are overwhelmed," says Alix Longfellow, an organization and productivity consultant and member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. According to Longfellow, every person has a different organization style that works for them and that the best way to choose a time management app is by finding something that you find simple and efficient. She generally recommends programs and apps that offer big solutions, rather than having an app for every different task, like these ten great productivity apps.
This web service acts like a digital office manager and is particularly popular among at-home workers. You input how you (and others) spend your workday and Freckle creates a breakdown of how much activity is being done by each person and on each task while also creating a summary of billable and unbillable hours. It can also give you warnings if a task or project seems to be going off-track or if you've over-scheduled yourself. [From $19/month; web]