25 Productivity Apps to Explore in 2018

The Official Yearly Toolkit to Get Organized

Francesco D'Alessio
Jan 5, 2018 · 5 min read

As we start 2018, there’s a lot of focus on New Year’s Resolutions and accomplishing your yearly goals over the next 12 months. Each year around this time, I put together a selection of applications to try out!

All of these applications are focused on getting things done. Classic productivity. This toolkit is designed to kickstart your year, get yourself organised and begin to manage your priorities.

So if it’s a small hobby you want to manage or your life’s goals. These 25 productivity applications will give you a range of choice to pick from.

► Watch Productivity App Reviews here: Keep Productive on YouTube

Here’s all the Productivity Apps to Explore in 2018:

Task Managers

1. TickTick (free)

The Todoist challenger continues to make headway! Available on iOS, Mac, Windows (Preview) and Android, TickTick is one to watch in 2018!

2. Things 3 ($49.99)

The most beautiful to-do list application of 2017 is always one to keep an eye on. Well-designed, a little pricey, but worth all the pennies. (iOS/Mac only)

3. Nirvana HQ (free) — Team Nirvana

Swarm GTD’ers. Nirvana is an easy to get started with GTD-focused tool. Pleasantly surprised, this tool does a great job at capturing the GTD workflow.

4. WeDo (free)

On Android, Web + iOS right now, WeDo is a new planner application. Simple in style, WeDo brings together shared lists, habits + calendar view.

5. Taskful (free)

Set a goal and progress towards it. Taskful helps you monitor “smart tasks” capturing all those micro-actions before a goal completion. (iOS/Android)

The Time-Shaving Tools

6. CloudApp (free, limited) (Mac/Windows)

Probably one app that saved minutes off my interactions with other people. CloudApp helps you capture screenshots + send them rapidly. It’s amazing!

7. Today (free) (iOS)

Tracking a new year goal!? Today helps to bring together your positive habits. From exercise to meditation — a starting point for your habit tracking.

8. Newton ($49.99/yr) (All platforms)

Paid email application that has saved me hours of time over the year. Scheduling emails, read receipts and sender profiles helps me get things done.

9. Moleskine Timepage ($11.99/yr) (iOS)

Now a subscription application, Timepage delivers the most beautiful calendar views and time-saving weather reports all inside on application.

10. HappyPlant (free)

A very specific app, but if you’re looking to avoid dead plants around your home. Try HappyPlant. Plants help offices to be more productive with oxygen.

The Project Managers

11. Zenkit (free, with pricing) (Web, iOS/Android)

A fairly new creative way to organise projects and activities. From Kanban boards to sheets, Zenkit brings all the layouts to the table.

12. Monday (formerly DaPulse) (free, with pricing)

Formerly DaPulse, Monday.com has sprung out of the water as a proactive project manager, giving your team a revised approach to getting things done.

13. Taskworld (free, with pricing)

An all-in-one Project management tool is tough to find. TaskWorld keeps it all in one place, with chat, planning tools, video calls and so much more together

14. Swipes Workspace (free, with pricing) — The way we work

A fresh-new tool to the project management space. Swipes is beautiful. It’s easy to get started and perfect for teams that want to plan with a clean design

15. Trello (free)

We all know Trello, but it’s kicking butt right now! Trello is an easy to get started with tool for planning/organising smaller projects + team goals too.

The Smooth & Cool

16. Notion (free, limited) (Mac/iOS)

Probably my favourite app of 2017. Notion brings a fresh approach to productivity with intranet-style layout. A blend of Trello + Paper + Evernote.

17. SetApp (paid, subscription)

Available for Mac, this subscription based service allows you to download a host of apps without the stress of upfront fees + hefty downloads.

18. Oak Meditation (free) (iOS)

Productivity comes in many forms. For me and many others meditation is one of those. Oak provides the most customised meditation process I know.

19. Habitica (free) (Web/iOS/Android)

RPG-style game for habit tracking and task management, Habitica has risen rapidly as one of the leading productivity tools for the geeks/nerds in you.

20. Timork (free)

An advanced Mac application hidden on the Mac App Store. This tool helps you to focus on your goals using advanced tracker timers and to-do list.

Ones to watch

21. aWriter (From $4.99)

Minimal writing application for Mac/Android & iOS, aWriter is well-designed and easy to get started with. Recommended for distraction free writing.

22. GoodNotes (iOS)

A note-taking on a mission. GoodNotes is one to keep an eye on. With plans to refresh design, GoodNotes combines digital drawing + notes.

23. Calendars 5 by Readdle ($6.99) (iOS)

With plans to launch Calendars 6 in 2018. Calendars 5 is one of my favourite creations from the Readdle team. Beautiful + easy calendar management.

24. Microsoft ToDo (free) (All platforms)

ToDo aims to be the replacement for Wunderlist. Things aren’t off to a great start, but ToDo should be on your radar to either flourish or die in 2018.

25. Your Choice

Comment below with your choice of productivity application. I’d really love to hear what your number 25 app deserves some attention in 2018!

Always a pleasure guys, you can follow me on YouTube here and on Twitter here. All the best for your New Year missions!

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Francesco D'Alessio

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A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

Francesco D'Alessio

Written by

👨🏻‍💻 Host of Keep Productive — talking about the future of productivity software here on Medium 👋🏻


A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org

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