5 Best iPhone Productivity Apps in 2020

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Over the years here at GeeksModo, we’ve talked about plenty of iOS apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity. There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new
productivity apps for iPhone
that emerge every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

Some of iPhone productivity apps are incredibly basic and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

It’s been our responsibility(and still is our responsibility) to keep abreast of all of the best iPhone productivity apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 5 best iPhone productivity apps to make your day more productive, focused and entertaining

Best iPhone Productivity Apps 2020

Without any further ado, here are the best iOS productivity apps 2020.

1. Streaks


Best iPhone Productivity Apps

Streaks is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps for iPhone on the market. As far as getting into new habits is concern, some initial motivation is, in most cases, not enough to make you commit to them. For me, getting into an exercise routine and meeting my daily study goals were habits I wanted to build, but found it challenging to keep up… until I discovered the app Streaks.

On the surface, Streaks appears simple and plain, but beneath the straightforward landing screen, there are loads of features. Streaks allows users to create tasks and goals to achieve regularly (daily, or on certain days during the week). By keeping up your streaks, you’ll be less likely to break the habits you’re seeking to build. You can check your progress and reflect on what you need to do to improve your habits from the statistics screen.

The ultimate goal should be to not need Streaks at all since you want to get into a regular routine of getting things done. But it’s a great way to get into the mindset of building a lasting habit if you find it challenging to adopt one.

Best iPhone Productivity Apps

2. Audible

30 day free trial, then from $14.95/month

Best iPhone Productivity Apps

Audiobooks are becoming more and more common — and for good reason. You can listen to your favorite books any time and anywhere. As such, your are no longer limited by how much time you have during the day. Audible lets you absorb informationwhile also getting stuffs done, like doing the dishes, cleaning, or going for a walk.

Audible boasts a massive library of both books and podcasts, and you’ll be sure to find whatever book you need on Audible. For $14.95 a month you get One credit each month that you can redeem for any audiobook, irrespective of price, which is a great deal.

New users are offered one audiobook for free when they sign up for Audible membership.

If you join Audible, an expert tip is to slowly increase the speed at which you listen to books. At the beginning, I was listening at 1.0X speed and quickly found it way too slow, so over time I cranked it up to 1.8X which I find to be the most comfortable speed for getting through a book reasonably fast while still absorbing the knowledge.

Best iPhone Productivity Apps

3. Apollo


Best iPhone Productivity Apps

Reddit is a fantastic source of meaningful discussion and entertaining content. In case you’ve never heard of Reddit (which is probably unlikely), it’s a forum platform where users can create forums or post in already existing ones. The topics range from tech news to the most niche subjects you’ve probably never heard about. Subreddits, as the forums are called, such as r/photoshopbattles or r/moviedetails are a good way to spend a few minutes to take your mind off a busy day.

If you’re a frequent Reddit user you may not have heard of an app called Apollo. Basically, Apollo is a Reddit client that enhances the experience of browsing Reddit greatly. With a an easy to navigate user interface, smooth comment sorting system, and many more features, you’ll want to use Apollo instead of the native Reddit app.

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4. Calendar by 44


Best iPhone Productivity Apps

I’ve tried dozens of calendar apps, and most of the time they are either too jam-packed with too much information going on at once or too bare-bones where I feel that they’re falling short of features. Calendar by 44 hits the sweet spot of being just in the middle.

Calendar by 44 is about being able to change your schedule without much effort on your side. It has a clean calendar view, and loads of features while still showing you only what you need to see. According to 44, the company behind the app, the goal of this app is for it to be used by only your thumb and to offer a simplistic take on the calendar.

It feels like Calendar by 44 shaves away the unnecessary details of some calendar apps and adds functions that others lack. It’s a fantastic combination of Gorgeous design and tremendous functionality, and definitely worth a try.

Best iPhone Productivity Apps

5. Hour Blocks


Best iPhone Productivity Apps

I’ve been trying to move away from the to-do list and towards scheduling my tasks in a calendar, but I find there are advantages to both that partly get lost by only using one of the two systems. Hour Blocks offers a new take on your daily tasks.

By showing your tasks as a to-do list, but at the same time in a day-by-day format, Hour Blocks lets you enjoy both worlds. The app can come in handy when you want a very basic overview of what you need to get done. Having said that, I’m not sure if the app is ready to replace my to-do list app (or calendar for that matter) just yet, but it’s got huge potential of becoming a core part of my productivity arsenals. What separates Hour Block’sfrom the park is it’s clean user interface, which is lacking in many other scheduling-apps. With a clean and easy to navigate user interface, it achieves clarity when you might feel overwhelmed or busy.

If you’re looking for a free iPhone productivity apps, you should definitely give Hour Blocks a try.

Best iPhone Productivity Apps

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