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Eight apps that’ll make you more productive


Your smartphone can often be a distraction, so here’s how to flip the switch and use it to become more productive at work.

There just aren’t enough hours in the day. Luckily most of us have a smartphone, which means we have a secret weapon in the quest to make the most of the time we have. There’s a whole wealth of apps out there that can streamline your day by making everything you do more productive.

We’ve found eight great productivity apps that every small business can benefit from:



Hound is like Siri’s more intelligent younger sibling. It’s the voice-powered digital assistant that does everything from searching for incredibly detailed information to performing tasks like calls and bookings. It claims to be one of the fastest and most accurate app of its type. It’s the personal assistant we all need without the big price tag.

Available on Android and iOS.


Pushover combines all your notifications in one place, which means you can view messages and notifications from the dozens of applications on all your devices. It’s a way of unifying your communications into one easy place, giving you an instant overview of all your communications without the need to check each app and device individually.

Available on Android and iOS.

Task Management is a life manager, which means it pulls in all your calendars, to-do lists and reminders into one app. It syncs across Android, iOS, web and desktop, meaning it’s available anytime, anywhere and on any device. It even has useful location based reminders, perfect for delivering to-do lists when you arrive at your office or picking up a pint of milk when you walk past your local supermarket.

Available on Android, iOS and Web.


RescueTime is a time tracker that helps you to understand your daily habits. It then generates reports that’ll help you to focus and become more productive. It runs securely in the background on your computer or any mobile device. This means you get to find out exactly how long you’re spending on apps and websites, and gives you alerts when your scheduled time for a particular task finishes. To help you focus on the task at hand, you can also block distractions like gaming apps or social media.

Available on Android, iOS, Windows and Linux.



TalkBoard turns your Apple devices into an interactive whiteboard. You can invite people to collaborate/draw on it in real-time, meaning everyone can participate, no matter where they are in the world. It’s an easy way to get a huge productivity and efficiency boost to the way you collaborate – particularly with helping remote teams feel closer and more unified.

Available exclusively on Apple iPads.


Flow is a project management app that allows teams to share tasks, keep track of what they’re doing and work together – no matter where they are based. It’s fully customisable and you can create individual workflows for each user or project, which they can access across any device.

Available on Android, iOS and web.



Abukai claims to be the world’s quickest and easiest way to create expense reports. It tracks your expenses and then automatically generates a report, which streamlines a fiddly but essential process.

Available on Android, iOS, Blackberry and web.


Intuit Quickbooks is an easy to use, one-stop finance solution for small businesses. It offers a huge variety of features, everything to use and more, and since it’s a web app, it can be accessed from anywhere with a broadband or data connection.

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