Struggling to meet your goals?
Running a business takes a lot of time and effort.
While most entrepreneurs love their job enough to commit 50 to 60 hours a week to their work, it leaves them vulnerable to burnout.
Time management tools are designed to help you track your time, so you can give your full efforts to your business without feeling overwhelmed.
I have put together the 12 best time management apps that will help you cut down on distractions and boost your focus.
With an optimized routine, you’ll ultimately be able to improve your productivity, accomplish your projects, and save some for leisure.
Let’s cover them one by one.
Shift offers you a productive way to manage your communication channels and social networks. It provides a dashboard where you can plug in multiple apps you’re using and toggle between them to get quick access.
You can add several email accounts and manage your inbox from here. You can sync your Slack and Asana accounts to connect with your team on it. You can browse your Facebook, Twitter, and all your social networks from it.
Shift, in other words, saves you time by letting you operate all your email and social accounts from one place.
The great thing about Shift is that it doesn’t change the appearance of the original app interface. If you’ve added your HubSpot profile, you’ll be able to see the familiar dashboard. It merely simplifies your workspace, sparing you from repeatedly logging into your accounts.
- Cross-platform desktop app.
- Supports an extensive list of tools and plugins.
- Allow shared workspace.
- Chrome extension.
- Simple interface.
The basic package of Shift is free of cost. To unlock full access, you’ll have to pay $99 per year.
RescueTime is a highly intuitive time-tracking app that combines your average tracker with a smart assistant to help you improve your time management.
It offers an extensive report section to give you a clear picture of the hours you spend on your business activities, leisure, client communication, and learning. With this data, you can identify where your time is being drained, and change your routine to better manage your day.
RescueTime additionally has a productivity feature called “focus time” that blocks distracting websites you typically scroll through, to force you to concentrate on your job. Not only that, you can set goals and milestones to measure your output as well.
With RescueTime, you can clock your online and offline time to get an accurate account of your activities and set achievable goals to use your time productively.
- Time tracking.
- Robust report.
- Focus time feature.
- Smart alerts.
- Cross-platform app.
Rescue’s basic plan is free. To gain access to all the functions, you can buy a monthly plan for $12 or a yearly subscription for around $80.
Sunsama is an advanced planner that helps you balance your work and personal goals while keeping track of your activities.
It consists of a task manager and a calendar that views your projects based on the deadline you’ve set and categorizes them. With it, you can create your work, home, and entertainment channels (categories) and build multiple pages to keep them separated.
What’s interesting is that if you miss out on any project, you can defer your task to a future date.
You’ll find tons of similar intuitive options available on it, such as aligning your projects with your objective or automatically setting a daily ritual. You can also integrate your productivity apps and drag their tasks onto your Sunsama timeline.
I suggest taking a free 14-day trial to explore it.
- Task manager and calendar.
- Advance project creation options.
- Customizable categories to separate work and life.
- Integration with Google Meeting, Gmail, Outlook, and productivity tools.
- Team invitation.
- Desktop and mobile app.
Sunsama charges a $20 monthly subscription.
Emphasis is an iOS exclusive app that operates on the Pomodoro principle to optimize your day.
If you’re not familiar with the term, Pomodoro is a time management technique that involves breaking your long tasks into intervals to allow breathing space to “recharge” your mind.
It’s a fairly popular trick that works remarkably well if you’ve got the right tool to manage it for you – like Emphasis.
Emphasis allows you to manually and automatically set breaks and create realistic deadlines.
It’s a time tracking tool, but what makes it different from a regular timer is the visual representation.
Rather than showing a countdown, distracting you further, Emphasis presents a clock displaying the portion of time left to complete the task. The lack of figures lets you focus fully on your job instead of repeatedly checking time.
- Personalized timer.
- Organizer and checklist.
- Productivity statistics.
- Compatible with iOS system only.
Emphasis is free to use and charges only for premium subscriptions.
Forest uses a brilliant method to help you manage your time effectively. It provides a visual representation of a tree that grows with your project and dies if you leave your job in the middle.
The idea behind this concept is to give you a fun way to stay focused on your job with little distraction to stray your thoughts.
And that’s not even the best part.
Every time you grow a virtual tree, you earn a coin that Forest donates to an NGO to plant a real-time tree on your behalf.
Yes, real tree.
Forest is in collaboration with a non-profit organization, Tree for The Future, that improves land health through tree plantations. As of now, it has sponsored over 1 million tree sprouts with its user’s coins.
The environmental factor is a brilliant tactic to both offer you a sense of accomplishment and motivate you to meet deadlines.
- Task timer.
- Monthly reviews.
- Timeline structure to view progress.
- Accomplishment and reward feature.
Forest is free on Android but charges a minimum of $3.99 for the iOS system. It additionally offers in-app products for between $1 to $20.
Asana offers you tools to manage a team project effectively. Its features are designed to help you build a virtual workplace, coordinate with your team, delegate individual tasks, and track work in progress.
You can start multiple projects, create sub-tasks under each, share files related, and set deadlines. With Asana, you can streamline your workflow and cut down your administrative time.
I advise taking a trial run to see if it works for you. Asana, fortunately, allows you to add up to 15 people to your free account, making it easy to explore before buying the premium plan.
- Task management.
- Team collaboration.
- Time tracking.
- Multiple dashboard views.
- Unlimited storage.
- Integration with cloud and third-party apps.
Asana’s starter plan is completely free. To unlock more features like reporting or portfolio views, you can subscribe to its monthly plan for $11 to $25.
Evernote is an excellent app for small business owners looking to have a handy tool to keep track of “all the things to do” in an organized manner.
It provides you with features to unclutter your thought process, create a checklist of your activities, and set reminders to timely meet your deadlines.
Think of it as a digital version of your notebook—only with more features. You can use it to record meeting minutes on the spot, schedule weekly projects, or simply make a list of your weekly meal plans.
Evernote works perfectly on your smartphone, making it easier for you to use it everywhere you go.
- Ready-to-use templates.
- Text editor.
- Sketching function.
- Sharing notes option.
- Supports mobile devices.
As a freemium app, Evernote’s starter plan is free. If you want access to widgets and advanced features, you can buy its premium plan for $10.
Todoist is the slightly advanced version of Evernote, and it’s a widely used app for its intuitive features.
Apart from the basic checklist function, you can set daily objectives, add priority tasks that require more focus, and sync your projects to Google Calendar to keep track of your goals.
It offers a visually appealing dashboard, customizable views, and shareable features to easily assign jobs. You can even link your email with Todoist to turn them directly into “future tasks.” If you use a project management tool like Asana, you can sync Todoist to it as well.
With Todoist, you can create a well-structured workspace for yourself so you can delegate your time to important things.
- Personalized view.
- To-do list.
- Progress tags.
- Integration with over 50 apps.
- Team share.
- Supports multiple systems.
Todoist is extremely affordable. You can sign up for free to get the initial impression, and can later upgrade for $3 per month.
9. Workflow (Now Shortcuts)
Workflow is an iOS app that allows you to create shortcuts to your regular activities to gain access to them with a single tap. It is an amazing tool for entrepreneurs who prefer shortcuts so they wouldn’t have to scroll through the list of apps to search for the relevant icon.
You can both choose from ready-to-use templates and build custom shortcuts to tailor them to your requirements.
For instance, if your current project demands constant communication with one of your team members, you can set a shortcut to their profile.
Or, if your job requires frequent travel, you can fix your rides on the app to avoid the hassle of having to login into it to book them every time you plan to go out.
Additionally, you can also automate your tasks to further save time. Such as triggering the do not disturb action during your meetings.
- Visually appealing interface.
- 300 in-built commands.
- Conditional Automation.
- Works on iPhone iPad, and Apple Watch.
Workflow is free to use.
Harvest is designed for businesses that have an hourly-based finance model. It’s a time tracking and invoice app that records the number of hours you’ve spent on your job and generates receipts based on your service charges.
It offers you several features to help you accurately bill your time. You can create multiple projects, set both hourly and fixed budgets for each new task, and add on-job expenses.
Any costs you’ve incurred during the job—such as meals and convenience—will be automatically added to the related receipt. You can also connect it with other tools you’re using to sync your work.
Harvest essentially saves you from individually performing all the steps from different apps, reducing the possibility of mistakes.
- Time tracking.
- Invoice generation.
- Third-party Integration.
Harvest offers two plans to new users. The starter is free while the premium costs $12 per month.
If you prefer a simple time-tracking tool without the additional budgeting section, Boosted is ideal for you.
It offers minimalist features consisting of a list of your projects with a timer, a calendar to review your monthly activities, and a report to get an insight into your productivity.
You can create sub-tasks for your project, shuffle them without losing data, stop the clock anytime you want, and save your records to Google Drive.
It’s an incredibly useful app that can help you see where you’re spending your time the most.
- Clean UI.
- Time tracking features.
- Project statistics.
- Android app.
Boosted is available for free and has in-app products that you can purchase.
Boomerang is a Gmail plugin that automates your emails and sets reminders to avoid checking them repeatedly.
You might not believe it, but 50% of people habitually check their emails after every 20 minutes, wasting their time.
With Boomerang, you can cut down the unnecessary steps to focus on jobs that matter.
Boomerang also has a smart assistant that analyses the email text you’ve written and makes suggestions to improve your content. Additionally, it provides you with a report of your email conversations with some states.
There’re excellent bonus features that give insight into your team’s response patterns and offer tips to make your content better.
- Automatic reminders.
- Meeting scheduling.
- Reminder notes.
- Email tracking.
- Mail pause.
- Smart editor.
Boomerang provides ten credits per month for free.
To get unlimited credits and premium features, you can purchase monthly subscriptions for $5 to $50.
As an entrepreneur, you work twice as much as an average employee, to make sure your business is running smoothly.
On top of that, you’d have to set aside a part of your time continuously for networking to build connections and discover future opportunities.
Add to that, you have a personal life that I am assuming you would rather not miss out on, but are left with little to spare for it.
Am I right?
With a good time management app, you can effectively balance both your work and personal life.
Explore the options I have listed for you, and start making the most of your time.