The Marvel – 7 Apps to enhance your Productivity

The Marvel-7 Apps to enhance your Productivity

Do you know what the flywheel effect is? Well, there is a boring definition of it that I can tell you. But the thing is, I am an engineer and I dislike boring definitions. So let’s understand it with an example. You know how the first few pedals while driving a bicycle are the hardest and then its a smooth ride? This smoothening of the bicycle ride is due to the flywheel effect. What if we could apply this flywheel effect in our life? Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well, there are few apps in the market that will help you achieve this. So, let’s dive in.

Todoist is a fitness tracker for your productivity. It tracks your tasks as you check them off, then shows how productive you’ve been today and this week and if you’re improving or not. That data comes together into a personal Todoist Karma score in the top corner of your app and just like the step counter in a health app, you’ll be motivated to keep the number going up.
It’s also great for planning your work. Add tasks with the Quick Add tool that recognizes dates, project names, and tags with @ symbols. View what needs done now in the Today view, or peek at the week ahead with the Next 7 days list. Then organize projects into a hierarchy, view all of their tasks and sub-tasks at once, or open a single sub-project to focus on those tasks and finish them one at a time.

Key features:
– Task management: A slick, feature-rich interface that makes it easy to create and manage tasks – no matter how long your to-do list may be.
– Prioritise tasks: Get the most important things done first by prioritising tasks.
– Project goals: Set project goals and make sure you’re on track throughout.
– Reports: Keep track of your progress with Todoist’s measurement and reporting features.


Trello changed the way we think about organizing ideas. Instead of a standard list of tasks, its built around kanban boards with cards that hold your ideas and lists to organize them. You could have to do, doing, and done boards for projects; outline, writing, editing, and published boards for writing; or dozens of other specialized lists to organize anything on a kanban board.

It’s especially handy for brainstorming. Trying to think of the next feature your team should build or the next series you should run on your blog? Jot down every idea on a Trello card, then drag them into lists to group similar ideas. It’s a tool that can help you at every stage from ideas through completion.

Key features:

– Project management: Trello is a simple, easy-to-use project management app for collaborative teams.

– To-do lists: Create to-do lists, add due dates, assign them to people and manage tasks as they’re completed.

– Trello boards: Dashboards where you can create and manage lists of cards containing tasks and to-do lists.

– Work with anyone: Invite anyone from around the world to help you make things happen.

– Instant messaging: Talk to team members in real-time to discuss tasks.

Wunderlist is a task management app with all kinds of advanced features. While Trello is designed for teams and Todoist is designed for individuals, Wunderlist is designed for both and it feels very much like a Trello alternative designed around to-do lists, rather than cards.

Key features:
– To-do lists: Create to-do lists for individuals or teams and group them into folders for larger tasks or projects.
– Task management: Set deadlines, assign tasks, set reminders and add comments or notes.


Habitica is unlike any other tool in this article and unlike any other to-do list app. I should make it clear that Habitica isn’t really designed for work but more geared towards developing better habits while you’re away from the computer.

This doesn’t mean you can’t use it for work purposes or as a tool to improve work-life balance, though.

Habitica gamifies the to-do list experience by getting you to create an Avatar, which receives points and bonuses for completing the tasks on your list. The more points you win, the stronger your Avatar becomes and the more in-game features and rewards you unlock.

Key features:

– Gamified to-do lists: Habitica turns to-do lists into a mobile game experience.

– Habits: Schedule good habits you want to develop or bad habits you want to overcome.

– Avatars: Create your own Avatar to progress through your gamified to-do lists.

– In-game rewards: Earn points for completing tasks and developing good habits, level up your avatar, unlock new features and earn in-game rewards.

– Battle monsters: Join other Habitica users to fight monsters with your Avatars.

Toggl is a simple time tracker with powerful reporting that keeps track of how much time you’re spending on tasks. The idea is to document how much time you’re really spending on individual tasks to make sure you’re charging the right amount on your invoices.

Key features:
– Time tracking: See how much time you (or others) are taking to get things done.
– Boost profits: Check you’re charging enough for the time it takes to complete projects.
– Reports: See how productive you are and
– Cross-platform: Toggl’s apps work across just about every operating system and online so you can access it wherever you need, whenever you need it.

Zapier is a simple automation tool that can save teams huge amounts of time on repetitive tasks and switching between different apps.
Essentially, Zapier sends data between apps like Trello and Gmail so emails are automatically sent out when anything changes in Trello. Or, you can link Doodle with Airtable so that records in Airtable are automatically updated as soon as a Doodle meeting closes.

Key features:
– Integrate apps: Link your favourite apps so they can share data, allowing you to spend less time switching between apps.
– Automate tasks: Automate repetitive tasks between apps.
– Zaps: Browse Zapier’s library of pre-built automation workflows for your favourite apps.
– Custom automations: Build your own automations if you can’t find them in Zapier’s library of “Zaps”.

Forest is easily the quirkiest productivity app in our list today. It’s only available on iOS and Android but there’s beautiful irony in the fact it’s designed to stop you spending so much time on your phone and/or tablet.
Forest essentially gamifies downtime away from your mobile devices. When you want to focus, you plant a “tree” and the more time you spend away from your phone/tablet, the more it grows.
Leave the app and your tree dies 🙁
Spend enough time away from your phone and you can grow an entire forest. Best of all, you can earn virtual coins by staying focused on your tasks and use these to grow real-life trees through the Forest app.

Key features
– Productivity: Spend less time on your mobile devices and see the progress in the form of digital trees.
– Gamification: Forest adds a little bit of fun into the chase for better productivity.
– Grow actual trees: No other app in this list is going to help you plant actual real-life trees where they’re needed most.

So, there you go. There is eccentricity in this list but that is the fun part. Hope it helps. 🙂

Avinash Somjani is an intern at utobo and he is currently pursuing his MBA at SIBM Bengaluru. He is passionate about sports, science fiction, history and the ever changing colour of his pen.