6 Apps to Help with Your Productivity

Originally published on the Leadership for Educational Equity blog.

Let’s face it: we could all use a few more hours in the day. But 24 hours is all we have. And with a good chunk of those hours devoted to getting some sleep (hopefully!), we often find ourselves desperately trying to do more and more with seemingly less and less time to get things done.

Enter technology (ahh, technology). Turns out there are a lot of great apps out there designed to help us work smarter and boost productivity. Need help getting your things in order? There’s an app for that. Looking to make better use of your time? There’s an app for that, too.

If you’re like most LEE members, you’ve probably got a lot on your plate. So we thought we’d try to help you get the most out of your day by sharing a few apps designed to help you be the most impactful, efficient (and productive) advocate for kids that you can be.


As part of the Communications Team at LEE, we pride ourselves in staying connected. One of our go to apps for productivity is Trello. Our team is located in two different offices, so Trello is a great way to keep the whole team updated on current projects. Easy to use; you can create multiple boards, checklists to keep track of a project’s progress, comments to update your co-workers, attachments for photos and videos, and much more. Since you can add multiple users, it’s a great way to work on projects with your whole team.

Price: Free

Available: iOS, Android


A popular and some would say classic app for productivity, Evernote is a multipurpose app that allows users to create to-do lists, notes and tasks in an organized format. It also easily syncs across all devices and platforms.

Price: Free

Available: iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Nokia


Full allows you to schedule set goals you have throughout your busy day and it will also show you the progress of those goals. For example, if you wanted to try and read more or exercise more, but have failed to do either, Full will let you know through their color-coordinated system that you haven’t met your goal.

Price: $0.99

Available: iOS


Instead of constantly checking Facebook or Twitter for news updates, Feedly provides a way to combine all of your favorite websites into one continuous stream. (A great replacement for the sadly discontinued Google Reader.) You can organize by topic, read the content right on the site and easily share with others.

Price: Free

Available: IOS, Android, Pure Web Interface

Focus Lock

For all of you who can never put your phone down, Focus Lock is an app that blocks all distractions from your phone. This helpful Android App allows you to add the apps you want to be locked out of based on a certain amount of time. You’ll still be able to get phone calls and emails, but there won’t be as many “irrelevant” updates (ex. sports or entertainment news).

Price: Free

Available: Android


Dropbox is a cloud storage and backup system that allows you to store multiple documents for free for the first 2 GB of space. It can be used as a way to keep clutter off of your hard drive or to share documents with multiple users syncing on multiple platforms. There is also a paid Pro version of the app but you can also earn more free space in a variety of other ways.

Good alternative: Google Drive

Price: Free

Available: iOS, Android


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