The Best Time Management & Productivity Apps in 2019

Most Productivity Advice Sucks.
Here’s How to Work Smarter, Not Harder.

‘Hustling’ only gets you so far. Slaving away for 80-hours a week might work… for about a month. Right before you burnout and pull an Office Space.

The only ‘hack’ that works is to work smarter, not harder. Time Terminator will give you the strategies and tools, backed by hours and hours of research and testing, to help you do just that.

Don’t Work More Hours. Bend Time to Your Will to Get More Done in the Hours You Work.

You only have 24 hours in a day. You might work ~8-12 of them. Anything more? Diminishing returns. The point, then, isn’t to work more hours, but to get more mileage out of the hours you’re working.

That’s where the following tools come into play. They’ll help you become more aware of which work is paying off (and which is a complete waste). They’ll also help you become more efficient in the high-leverage activities to maximize your output. Productivity apps are only good if you make time for the important stuff.

Below are the top three time management apps we’ve reviewed. (Click here to read the full guide.)

THE TOP 3

1. FOCUSME

2. RESCUETIME

3. TOGGL

OVERALL

★★★★★

★★★★

★★★★

BEST FOR

All-Around

Auto-Tracking

Freelancers

TIME TRACKING

Both

Individual

Both

AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL

Both

Both

Both

SCHEDULING?

Yes

No

Yes

POMODORO SUPPORT

Yes

No

Yes

BLOCK WEBSITE?

Yes

Yes

No

DEVICE COMPATIBILITY

Mac, Windows, Android

Mac, Windows, Android and Linux

Mac, Windows, Linux, Android and iOS

PRICE

Starts from $2.50 per month

Starts from $9 per month or $72 per year

Starts from $9 per month

USABILITY

Very easy to use

Only the web app is easy to use

Very easy to use

RESPONSE TIME

24 to 30 Hours

Within 5 Hours

Around 36 Hours

Visually Map Out Projects Before You Start

You know the old adage: measure twice, cut once. Well, it also applies to knowledge work like projects that have moving pieces, rolling deadlines, and multiple stakeholders involved.

Don’t just whip out the Gantt chart or spreadsheet, though. Start by visually laying out how all of the pieces will fit together. Mind mapping allows you to do that faster and easier, quickly dragging-and-dropping items or assigning responsibility until you’re confident in the road ahead.

Here are the best mind mapping software apps we’ve used. (Check out the complete guide here.)

THE TOP 3

1. MINDMEISTER

2. XMIND

3. MINDVIEW

OVERALL

★★★★★

★★★★

★★★★

BEST FOR

All-Around

Budget

Windows Users

COLLABORATION FEATURES

Available

Available

Available

EXPORTING AND SHARING

Yes (supports all formats)

Yes (supports all formats)

Yes (supports all formats)

ATTACHMENTS

Yes (Up to 200MB in paid plans)

Yes

Yes

INTEGRATIONS

All popular tools

Trello, Evernote

Microsoft Office

DEVICE COMPATIBILITY

All devices

Almost all devices

Mainly Windows and Mac

# OF DEVICES PER LICENSE

Unlimited

2-3

2

PRICING

Starts from $4.99 per mo

$4.99 per mo

$379 (for PC)

USABILITY

Easy to use

A bit difficult

Very easy to use

RESPONSE TIME

Within 30 Min

24+ Hours

24+ Hours

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