Ernest SemerdaCofounder of (YC W17)

What is truly the best productivity app?

One you use at least twice per day for few months now and has had a dramatic impact on how you get stuff done.
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11 recommended
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    Atlas Recall

    A searchable photographic memory for your digital life

    Atlas Recall remembers everything you've seen on your Mac and everywhere you've been, and gives you the ability to search for anything. It's like Spotlight but with super powers. Highly useful.
  2. 3

    Analytics on your daily habits and productivity

    Jordan Gonentrying my best. · Written
    It is hard to know if you are being unproductive without the data! RescueTime is super easy to use and really helpful for understanding how you spend your time.
    Productively is usually about productivity. RescueTime has helped me figure out where I'm wasting my time and try to cut those out as opposed to finding some silver lining in a todo list app.
  3. 3

    Realtime spreadsheet-database hybrid

    Airtable is great for organizing all kinds of data. Personal CRM, shopping list, work projects etc. It feels like the next generation of Excel.
  4. I use this too. I find there's 2 things I need to do to be most productive. 1. Decide on what to work on (pick what's most important) 2. Quickly get into flow state / deep focus I don't use all the features of this app, I just type in what I want to get done. And click start + enable do not disturb mode on my mac. Then I force myself to focus while the timer is going (pomodoro). That gets me in a good groove, then I can crank through a ton of work.
    Dima Bas BasovWeb researcher, Bitcoin enthusiast · Written
    Best time tracker I've ever used. Pro version worth its cost.
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    Automatic productivity & time tracking for macOS

    Ivan Mir3maker of Qbserve time tracking app · Edited
    Ivan Mir made this product
    While I'm the developer of the app, Qbserve definitely improved my productivity a lot. Seeing the performance in real-time right in the menu bar helped me become more focused and reach 180-190 productive hours a month (initially it was something like 120h).
  6. 1

    Note taking gets even simpler

    Vazgen BadalyanProduct & Analytics · Written
    This might be an obvious one for some people, however it's worth a mention. Information management hub for me.
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    Freeter 1.0

    Switch between tasks and projects like a superhero

    Alex KaulResearcher & Maker · Written
    Alex Kaul made this product
    Freeter enables you to gather everything you need to work in one place and access them quickly and easily.
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    Self Control (Mac)

    Avoid distracting websites

    James HuntEntrepreneur. Coder. Marketer. Founder. · Written
    Block distracting websites is one of my main ways to be more productive and force myself to work. Self Control for Mac is free, and is an amazing bit of software. Been a daily staple for me for a few years.
  9. 1

    Automatic time tracking for your Mac

    If you are serious about improving your productivity, you need to measure it first. That's why my app Timing automatically tracks how you spend time on your Mac. That way, you can later see how much time you spent procrastinating, e.g. on Facebook. By the way, I'm currently working on a brand-new version (with e.g. a productivity score), launching next month. You can sign up for the beta at
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    Mate Translate

    Ultimate translation app for Mac, iOS, Chrome and many more

    Alexey ChernikovCEO at Twopeople Software · Written
    Alexey Chernikov made this product
    Translate text or speech between 103 languages. Curate your own Phrasebook–language learners love it! Save your words in word lists to boost your learning productivity!
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    User-friendly timetracker for freelancers and teams

    Katya SklyarovaMarketing Manager · Written
    Try TMetric, this time-tracking app can be integrated with Redmine, Jira and other project management tools to keep tracking of your progress and daily productivity.
    Using this app with Asana flawlessly.