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There are a plethora of apps in the market that claim to help the busiest people get more done, in less time. The problem is – who actually has the time to trawl through the myriad apps to find the few that truly give you back an extra hour a day?

While it isn’t possible to create more hours in the day, from speaking to entrepreneurs and productivity experts, there are apps out there that can help you to maximise your day and make your time go that bit further.

The seven apps below are repeatedly recommended by productive entrepreneurs who’ve, through trial and error, unearthed the tools that really work.

So now the leg work has been done for you, go forth and save time!

1. focus@will

This app is genius. It describes itself as a ‘neuroscience based music subscription service that helps you increase your attention span by up to 400 per cent’. And it works. Put simply, it will curate a playlist specific to you and your needs at that time to help boost your concentration and focus levels. All the benefits of a Spotify playlist without losing an hour creating it.

Free to download on iOS and Android phones.

2. Wunderlist

The best ‘to-do list’ app out there. As well as allowing you to manage your own progress, the new app allows you to share to-do lists with colleagues and assign tasks to individuals. This means you can collaborate seamlessly with your team, ensuring they are constantly up to speed and eliminating the need to constantly request progress reports.

Free to download on iOS, Android and Windows phones.

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3. Evernote

This is the modern answer to Filofax. Meeting notes, to do lists, articles you want to read, images, PowerPoints, all important ideas – all of these can be filed and organised within the app, and are accessible on the go. No more searching through old file trees or email chains. Indispensable.

Free to download on iOS and Android phones.

4. Todoist

This app works with you to improve your productivity. It’s new, much praised, feature ‘Todoist Karma’ allows you to track your own personal productivity trends helping you to stay motivated and get your ‘to-do list’ finished.

It’s recent makeover means it is now one of the cleanest and easy to understand apps in the business and works brilliantly across all your devices. A great personal productivity tool, although very popular for use in business too.

Free to download on iOS and Android phones.

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