Working from home is a challenge disguised as bliss. Next time you’re at home, staring at your computer screen knowing you really need to focus and get to work right now, remember — you’re not alone in your home-triggered productivity breach. Fortunately, good people of this world made amazing software to help you on the way. You can have all these apps in Setapp collection and use them for free for a whole week.
HazeOver is an app that we heard described as “I wouldn't think of this myself but I love it and whoever came up with it, I love them too.” HazeOver highlights just the window with an app you’re working on and dims the rest of the screen. It does one thing and does it nicely, making it easy to focus and dive into the task.
It’s not exactly a cool back-flipping robot but a really smart productivity timer app. If you know yourself to stray away from tasks watching YouTube and scrolling through newsfeeds, you need something to keep you on track. That something is Be Focused — a work timer that tricks you into meeting your daily goals in a gamified fashion of work/break balance.
If trackers and timers fail and you still find yourself on Facebook in the middle of your pretty loaded workday, it’s time for drastic measures. Focus allows you to block guilty pleasure websites and apps like social networks and media platforms. When you can’t access them instantly, it’s way easier not to fall into the “just a quick check” trap that your brain keeps setting up.
How and where you write matters as much as what. In the right writing environment the right words come to you faster. This article was written in Ulysses, a professional writing app with minimalistic design, direct Medium integration, built-in Markdown tools, rich typography, and many more perks over usual docs. It’s a whole new writing sense.
If you’re working with images, you’re probably used to robust editors, possibly from the Creative Cloud family. And while they’re great, there is a less expensive, smarter tool with automatic presets and image analysis that save so much time — Polarr. Simple, smart app with everything you need for professional photo editing and retouch.
Here’s what Timing does: whenever you open an app it tracks time you spend it it. Any specific task in a specific app is meticulously recorded and stored for statistics, so you can know exactly how long you spent on each. Timing is perfect for both freelancers with hourly rates and those working on time-sensitive projects.
2Do is a to-do list, but it’s also a project management tool, a scheduler, a reminder, a life-planner, and more. You can move countries and plan a 200-guest wedding with this software. It’s packed with features and options for every kind of get-it-done project and allows you to feel like you’re accomplishing things day by day. Which is a really good feeling indeed.
If you printed out your emails you’d be buried alive under a pile of them every morning and we’d quickly run out of forests. Thankfully, we only deal with this mess in our inbox and thankfully, there’s an app to tackle that, too. Unibox automatically organizes all your emails by sender and groups them in separate threads, so all your accounts and inboxes get tidied up in seconds.
Paste is an infinite line of clipboards. It shows up at the bottom of your screen when you need it and gives you everything you’ve ever copied. A paragraph you inserted an hour ago? There you are. A link you copied last week and haven’t used since? Here it is. Paste is an incredibly simple, ultimately useful trick for convenient work, especially when you’re working on your own and time matters most.
For those who do their own taxes and manage their own bills (and who probably winced just reading this), we have a great app named Chronicle. One app to remind you to pay all your bills, keep track of spendings, display expense predictions, and monitor all finance matters. It integrates with most bank accounts, so your updates are automatic and seamless.
By the way, every app on this list is available in Setapp collection. One signup and all these apps, plus a hundred more are yours to enjoy for a single fee of $9.99/month. There’s also a full-featured free trial, so give it a spin!