Top 10 apps to improve your work day

Productivity apps
By Lesley Stewart, CA Today

20 July 2017

Technology has changed the way we work. With apps more powerful than ever, the right business tech can boost your work day productivity and turn you into a 9 till 5 ninja.

That's why we've assembled a list of the best apps and brightest digital tools to change your working day for the better. 

From firm favorites to cutting-edge newbies, these tools will help you get more done, faster, and take away some of your work life stress. 

Read on to find out the CA Today team favourites:

1. Relax 

Not your usual business app, but don’t knock the power of workplace meditation until you try it. Kicking off our top 10 is Relax with Andrew Johnson Lite. A healthy workforce is proven to be motivated and productive, so it makes sense to focus on improving your wellbeing.  

This app is free to download and will help you unwind after a hectic day in the office. You can go a step further and unlock a full package of apps designed to help you achieve success, stop procrastinating, and build your confidence. A must-download for all busy professionals who want to stress less.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

2. Pen and Paper

For anyone who appreciates simple note taking for productivity, but doesn’t want the hassle of a notepad and old school corrector pen, you can now go digital and create hand written notes on your iPhone or iPad. Using your finger or a stylus, you’ll appreciate this digital wonder even more with resizing, diagram drawing, and text box tricks.

An app just for Apple, £2.29

3. The Economist Espresso

Keeping on top of the news stories everyone is talking about can be tough. So having a daily morning news briefing delivered to your smartphone before breakfast is pretty handy, especially when the stories are chosen by the editors of our partners at The Economist.

Economist Espresso tells you what’s on the global agenda in the coming day, what to look out for in business, finance and politics and, most importantly, what to make of it.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

4. RescueTime

Navigate away from bad working habits and use web tool RescueTime to set productivity goals. This tool investigates the apps and websites you view the most, so you know where time is being wasted. Or it’ll tell you if your work life balance is skewed towards the office. The app is free, but the pro version lets you block specific sites and helps you avoid the temptation of Facebook during working hours.

Free for download for your PC.

5. Slack

This messaging app is growing in popularity as workplaces search for a friendlier alternative to email. Ideal for keeping in touch on-the-go, Slack offers real time messages, group chats, and file sharing, and aims to reduce the time spent in meetings.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

6. Trello

A personal favourite, this highly visual project management tool encourages you to be organised through searchable and shareable boards, and digital sticky notes. You can use Trello for personal planning or for work projects (or both), and the in-app features are inherently helpful if you’re juggling a ton of commitments. 

Basically, this app will help you get things done.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

7. Odro

We all want to keep meetings simple. Odro is an online meeting platform that aims to create more time in your day, increase your productivity, and reduce your company’s carbon footprint. We love the shareable screens, meaning that anyone in the meeting can contribute ideas using a handy virtual whiteboard. And you can access the platform from any device. Online meetings made simple.

Odro online

8. Hootsuite

Social media can be overwhelming, especially if you deal with a ton of feeds. Whilst there are various apps that can help build your brand, Hootsuite is one of the best and easiest to use. You can schedule posts on sites like Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and push out status updates and tweets in seconds. It's social media made easy.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.

9. Pocket

When you have a busy working life, it can be difficult to find 'me-time' to enjoy the articles and videos you find online. Pocket lets you save these offline and access them when you have free time. For maximum productivity points you can tag and curate anything you save into different collections. It’ll make your commute, or your lunch, infinitely more entertaining.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices.


Setting goals is key to being productive and this life coach style app lets you set goals, track them, and keeps you on track with the community, for ultimate productivity accountability. In-app features let you form new habits and tackle workplace problems.

Free for download on Apple and Android devices. 

Have we missed an app you can't get through the day without? Let us know on Twitter what apps you use to make your daily work day more productive.


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