The Best Productivity Apps for the Remote Worker

From Todoist to Quip

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With remote working comes freedom — the freedom to choose what you’re working on, who you’re working for, where you’re working from, and when you’re working. No doubt, this flexibility makes for the ideal work style, but it also places the majority responsibility on the remote worker for productivity levels. That being said, this roundup of apps below are a remote worker’s best friend when it comes to getting things done quickly and efficiently.

1. Todoist

Todoist is an app that will help you organize your life, both in the work realm and the personal realm, making for a healthier work-life balance. The basic idea behind Todoist is simple: to-do lists, but the app goes much further, allowing you to sort your lists by category, prioritize your lists by urgency, and even receive friendly reminders when an upcoming deadline is approaching. With Todoist, a top productivity app, you can do it.

2. Freedom

Five minutes on Facebook here and ten minutes on Twitter there… it adds up. If you catch yourself spending too much time perusing time-wasting websites with little to no self-restraint, then Freedom can be of some serious service. Freedom allows you to set up blocklists that prevent you from utilizing websites you’ve blocked for predetermined periods of time. You can even set weekly, recurring blocklists, or if you’re really in need of some serious productivity, block yourself from the entire internet.

3. Trello

Sometimes having a lot on your plate can slow you down. Trello helps you organize all of your projects via a platform that makes work manageable and easy to share. Along with classifying your projects into different “boards”, you can then go on to create team lists, as well individual task cards. If you’re working with a larger team and looking for a way to make sure that everyone is on the same page, Trello is your go-to. If you’re working solo, this app still proves to be quite useful for getting a handle on your work and determining what it will take to complete a project.

4. Evernote

Hate it when you’re working between computers and have to be continually transferring your documents, notes, and files? Evernote allows you to “capture what’s on your mind” and have it with you no matter what machine you’re working on. Create notes (text, images, documents, etc.) or to-do lists and have them be accessible on any of your devices for an infinite amount of time. Say goodbye to USB sticks and incessant emailing, because this is productivity at its finest.

5. 1Password

If you have more passwords than you care to remember, 1Password will remember them for you. Looking up passwords and resetting forgotten passwords takes up time and clutters the mind. Instead, let 1Password store your passwords and log you into sites with a single click. You’ve got enough on your plate, don’t let passwords keep you from remembering something important.

6. Slack

Haven’t heard of Slack? It’s time to get out from under that rock. Used by both large companies and small companies, this app allows your entire team to stay connected through chat channels and direct messaging. Slack also allows you to make calls through the app, upload images and files, and pin useful information to boards for future use. Now that’s what we call a productivity app.

7. Quip

If you’re needing to collaborate with other coworkers on shared documents, Quip will be a godsend. Quip functions in a streamline manner, cutting out all other digital distractions so that you can simply open the app and get to work. You can share to-do lists, spreadsheets, and text documents via Quip, as well as communicate with coworkers sans emailing (so everything stays in-context and on-topic).

Originally written by Chelsey Grasso on

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