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21 best productivity tools suggested by the Dev.to community

developertharun profile image Tharun Shiv Updated on ・4 min read

This is based on the "Can you suggest me Free productivity tools?" post of mine. I am grateful with the kind responses from the community. So, I lift the overhead of reading through the comments to find the tools and present you the post aggregating the Tools, their description, link and the price.

Recommended Productivity Tools

Here are the tools that are recommended by the community so far, find my favourites among these in the end of this post.

  1. Notion.so
    All-in-one workspace. Write, plan, collaborate, and get organized — all in one tool. Notes & docs, Wikis, Projects & tasks.
    Free plan available

  2. Basecamp
    The All-In-One Toolkit for Working Remotely. Companies change for the better when they work in Basecamp. Respects your privacy and data.
    Free plan available

  3. Asana
    Keep your team organized and connected. With Asana’s work management platform, your team can stay focused on their goals, projects, and tasks—no matter when or where they work.
    Free plan available

  4. Taiga.io
    Taiga is the project management tool for multi-functional agile teams. It has a rich feature set and at the same time it is very simple to start with through its intuitive user interface.
    Free plan available

  5. Trello
    Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible, and rewarding way.
    Free plan available

  6. Kanboard
    Kanboard is a free and open source Kanban project management software.

  7. Clockify
    The only truly free time tracker for teams. Clockify is the only truly free time tracking software. It's a simple time tracker and timesheet app that lets you and your team track work hours across projects. Unlimited users, free forever.

  8. Todo.txt
    Simplicity is todo.txt's core value. You're not going to find many checkboxes, drop-downs, reminders, or date pickers here.

  9. Click Up
    Click up is a single application where you can add kanban boards, Gantt charts, calenders, alone with docs, conversations, reminders, spreadsheets and keep all of your work at one place.
    Free plan available

  10. Forest App
    Forest is an app that helps you stay focused on the important things in life. Whenever you want to stay focused, plant a tree. Your tree will grow while you focus on your work. Leaving the app halfway will cause your tree to die. Grow your own forest. Stay focused daily and turn hard work into a land of lush forest.

  11. Rescue Time
    Tools and training to take you from overwhelmed to under control. Automatic time-tracking, distraction blocking, and more! See exactly where your time goes, block your worst distractions, and get powerful reports and tools to improve every aspect of your day.
    Free trial available

  12. Page Marker
    You can use PageMarker for bookmarks. You can add markdown notes to my links (good for code snippets too!), organize in folders and tags and setup a personal email newsletter so that you don't forget the links you save for later. It also helps you see what's read and unread so that you know where you are with your reading list.
    Free trial available

  13. Day One App
    Your journal for life. For MAC only* Focus on your writing with a layout that has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
    Free for limited features

  14. Mind Node
    MIND MAP & BRAINSTORM IDEAS. What's On Your Mind? Every great idea starts with a single thought. Which leads to an other and another. And then a million more! Whether it's on the beach, at the office or on a walk, MindNode helps you capture all your thoughts and turn them into a clear picture of your idea. For MAC only*

  15. Raindrop.io
    All-in-one bookmark manager. Intuitive. Powerful. Runs everywhere. Raindrop.io is the best place to keep all your favorite books, songs, articles or whatever else you come across while browsing.
    Free plan available

  16. Orgzly
    Orgzly is an outliner for taking notes and managing to-do lists. You can keep notebooks stored in plain-text and have them synchronized with a directory on your mobile device, SD card, Dropbox, or over WebDAV. Notebooks are saved in Org mode's file format. “Org mode is for keeping notes, maintaining TODO lists, planning projects, and authoring documents with a fast and effective plain-text system.”

  17. Appy Dev - A directory of bookmarks
    Appy Dev is directory of bookmarks that have been collected over the years with tools, utilities, apps, resources etc.

  18. OneNote
    Get organized in notebooks you can divide into sections and pages. With easy navigation and search, you’ll always find your notes right where you left them. By Microsoft.

  19. Ora
    Get yourwork done.Together! To-do’s, Timelines, Kanban, Scrum, Timers and more to get things done!
    Free plan available

  20. Pomofocus
    Free Pomodoro clock, with a great UI.
    Free plan available

  21. Todoist
    Regain clarity and calmness by getting all those tasks out of your head and onto your to-do list (no matter where you are or what device you use). Todoist has helped millions of people complete over 1.5 billion tasks in 150+ million projects.
    Free plan available

My Personal favourites among these

  1. Trello
    I use trello a lot, to plan my tasks, plan projects, collaborate on tasks with my team.

  2. Notion
    Impressive features and UI. Will start using this today.

  3. Clockify
    A time tracker which I was searching for. Can't wait to start using it.


Thanks to @chandrika56 @tsflorus @lehmannsystems @alessandrojcm @fnuttens @madeindjs @rffaguiar @andreacanton @charleswritescode @kovidr @pclundaahl @kudo28 @qainsights @fayazara @patricktingen @saramon @bugsysailor @harshpyati0798

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Clickup is insanely powerful project management tool! Too underrated.


Thank you for sharing your opinion 🙂


Agreed. You can also check it out monday.com, but no free tier.


Okay, will do.


Awesome list dude.


Thanks a lot Fayaz :)


Thanks for the list! If I could find it earlier, maybe I'd save my time not to invent a bicycle.
I'm currently making a todo/time-tracking app for local individuals, absolutely free.
It is in deep beta and lacks a lot functionality and also not translated in any language yet, but if you wanna look at what can be made with Hasure + Vue here you go: todofor.me/


Maybe , a language switching feature would be a great addition.


Yes, as I mentioned, it is still in active development, and I was making it for local designers/developers, that are currently using it. If it becomes something, it is elementary to create a translation using Vue



Okay, I see that it is in a non-English mode. Would have been easy if it was in English mode. Any plans to release one? 🙂


Thanks a lot for sharing. Your work wouldn't go a waste🙂 all the very best with it! Will definitely check it out. 🥳


Let me know if you would want to add any other tool to this list. Also, let me know if this post helped you. :)


Great post! Would add Evernote to it :)


Thank you, yeah Evernote is one too.


I've discovered two other amazing apps.

  • Tide which, I think, is the best pomodoro app you can use !
  • Routinery for creating routines and habits ! An amazing UI, great features !

I highly recommend those two ! A better time management and increasing your efficiency will definitely increase your productivity


Amazing! Thanks again, for your contribution 🙂 will check these out. Currently I'm using Clockify to track my activities.


I would also add the OneTab browser extension. It has been a lifesaver as I tend to open a ridiculous amount of tabs on different topics simultaneously but I need them stored in separate groups for quick access for when I'm working on specific topics at different times (bookmarking everything is not a solution as I try to keep my bookmarks as clean as possible).

I have also found that with the Share all as web page feature, it's quite easy to use it as backup/versioning of the stored tabs (I periodically store the QR code to have a local link to the generated web page).


this is awesome, i found it 1 month back, i always left open 10s of tabs but also wanted to give restart to my system, then had to copy all links to reopen, but after i came across this app, boom, saves all your tabs in on tab .


Great! Thanks for th contribution 🙂


Basecamp Personal is free, and somewhat limited. But for personal or small projects the limitations will not hurt. What's more important, the company is aggressively pro-privacy. They will not mine or sell any data you share with them.

An other suggestion.

Jitsi Meet a free and open source (so you can also host it yourself) video conferencing suite. Sadly, also this one does not really support non-Chromium browsers. Unlike most video conferencing suites, Jitsi does respect privacy and is fully end to end encrypted.


Amazing, thanks for the suggestion. 🙂


A very helpful one, thank you.


Thank you. Means a lot.


Thanks for this list, checking out few of these now. 😊


Sure, Glad to help.


Amazing list! Thanks!


Hope it helps you, thank you.


Thanks for sharing this list. I have started using Notion few days back and I am totally in love with it.


Yeah Notion is amazing!


Everyone loves Notion! That's amazing!! Thanks for commenting🙂🙌


Thanks for sharing man


Glad it helped 🙂🙌


My personal:
for manage project: timeneye + clickup


Amazing choice! thank you for your valuable comment 😊


Nice list. You can include Taskade as well :)


Thank you.. sure will do 🙂


I would like to add workflowy.com to the list.


Sure, thank you for your valuable suggestion. 🙂


Awesome post!
I noticed that the Asana link is broken


Yeah! Thank you for pointing it out. Edited the post now. 🙂


Just an FYI Pomofocus's basic features are free but it has a paid plan that adds: Project Management, Yearly Reports, Custom Notifications, and Dark mode.


Oh I see.. thank you for letting us know. I've updated the post. 🙂


Ah, nice. You compiled a list of all the suggestions you got. That's good stuff man!


Yes, thank you. 🙂


Nice list!
How does Clockify compare to Toggl?


Thank you 🙂 glad you liked it


Clockify helps me enter a task title and control the start and stop time of the timer on a basic level, does Toggl do this?


See bookmarks.dev as alternative to raindrop.io for your dev bookmarks and code snippets


Sure, will check it out. Thank you 🙂


First time I see Orgzly mentioned without Emacs or org-mode being mentioned in the same paragraph lol.


I see... Can you tell us more about it?


Well, nothing beyond of what was stated in the article, just that you can use any file made in Orgzly in Emacs as it is a file format proper of org-mode, a major mode for organizing things.

Ah.. okay.. thank you 🙂


How can you miss Archbee.io? I can create beautiful documentations and keep track of my learning easily with it. Its developer-centric and has integrations with draw.io, etc.


Great! Will check it out. Thanks for letting us know 🙂


I can recommend Obsidian. I really like it for taking and managing my notes.


Thanks! Will check it out 🙂


In context of this post I want to shear this aggregator site with many helper tools:


This is a great list of tools, thank you!


Thank you, glad it helped. 🙂


Hi @developertharun thank you for adding PageMaker to the list! I found this article completely by accident😅


Glad 😄


Tick Tick is also an awesome tool! It focuses mainly on to-do lists and has a nice pomodoro timer.


Great! Will check it out. I'm currently using Clockify to record my activities. 🙂


Okay, thank you for contributing 🙂


Was looking our for such tools recently. Thank you. Did great help..! 💯


My pleasure. Glad it helped. 🙂


I recommend Quire.
It's a free project management software with some great features. My favorites are it's Kanban board, gantt chart, and offline syncing.