Goodbye 2019, Hello 2020
It’s been quite a year! By the end of 2019, Contacts+ had hundreds of millions of contacts under management, applied billions of contact updates, and deduplicated millions of contacts. This year, we’re committed to making Contacts+ the top productivity app for intuitive contact management.
In the spirit of productivity, we thought we’d share our favorite productivity apps as we go into the new year. Our team hand-picked each of the apps based on their own usage. Rest assured, there are no #ads here.
What: Pocket is an application and web service for managing a reading list of articles and videos from the Internet. When you find something you want to view later, put it in Pocket.
Why: It’s the world’s leading save-for-later service. With more than 1500 app integrations, you can save articles, videos, and stories from any publication, page, or app in thousands of ways. In addition to curating your own reading lists, you can also explore the most-saved, read, and shared stories on Pocket. Their rave reviews are almost unbelievable, so you’ll have to see for yourself.
What: 1Password is a password manager that provides a place for users to store various passwords, software licenses, and other sensitive information in a virtual vault.
Why: Our forgotten password page is one of our most frequently visited, so we know it happens more often than any of us would like to admit. 1Password supports one-time password (OTP), which is one of our favorite features of the app. This means you can scrap apps like Google Authenticator (no offense Google, we’re frequent users of yours). And, the OTP is available on any device you’re logged into 1Password on. You can also store things other than passwords like files, credit cards, etc. Bonus: It integrates directly with Have I been pwned?, a potential security breach and vulnerability site.
What: Calendly, a powerful yet simple automated scheduling tool, takes the work out of connecting with others so you can accomplish more. Calendly works with a number of calendars and apps for a seamless user experience.
Why: Calendly can connect with your calendar(s) to automatically check availability and help you schedule meetings or appointments with your contacts. Rather than going back and forth to find a mutually available time between multiple parties, you can use Calendly’s scheduling software. We use Calendly to schedule feedback interviews with our users; it means we can spend more time connecting with those that matter most (our customers) and less time in our inboxes.
What: Notion is a note-taking and collaboration application with markdown support that also integrates tasks, wikis, and databases. It is an all-in-one workspace for note-taking, plus project and task management. In addition to cross-platform apps, it can be accessed via most web browsers.
Why: Notion is dynamic, including four tools in one: 1) notes & docs, 2) a knowledge base, 3) tasks & projects, and 4) spreadsheets & databases. Side hustlers, up-and-coming startups, and full-fledged businesses each have a solution in Notion. Plus, students and educators can use it for free with their school’s email address (genius!). Currently an Evernote user? It’s easy to make the switch.
What: Grammarly develops a digital writing tool using artificial intelligence and natural language processing.
Why: Are e.g. and i.e. synonymous? Nope, but they are on Grammarly’s list of Top 30 Commonly Confused Words in English. We’re big fans of Grammarly, even competing internally for the productivity, mastery, and vocabulary crowns each week when the personalized writing stats email goes out. Not only do we swoon over their weekly emails, but we find the app extremely valuable for writing in our day-to-day. Our newest and oldest team members have had 329,901 and 1,485,461 words checked by Grammarly in their respective tenures.
What: Hopper analyzes billions of travel prices daily to predict how they will change, and tells you whether to buy or wait.
Why: The Hopper app uses a prediction algorithm that processes trillions of data points, allowing precise and personalized travel recommendations. Hopper predicts prices with 95% accuracy up to 1 year in advance. With no ads or spam and automated monitoring, it’s no wonder they have near-perfect app ratings. You’re just a few taps away from jet-setting at a discounted price.
What: Zapier is a web-based service that allows users to integrate the web applications they already use.
Why: Zapier automatically connects your apps and services. You can connect two or more apps to automate repetitive tasks without coding to build integrations. Most integrations are free and ultimately help streamline tasks to save you time.
What: Webull offers commission-free online stock trading covering full extended hours trading, real-time market quotes, in-depth charts, and customizable applications across desktop, web, and mobile.
Why: Commission-free trading? Yes, please. Everyone gets smart tools for investing. They synergize finance and technology providing real-time quotes, multi-platform accessibility, full extended hours trading, and 24/7 online help. They also stay up-to-date with the latest security in order to protect personal information and asset data.
What: Slack is a cloud-based proprietary instant messaging platform. It’s where the people you need, the information you share, and the tools you use come together to get things done.
Why: Slack brings tools and people together. If you use another productivity app, there’s a very good chance that Slack will support integration for it. For instance, you can add a bit of personality to your Slack messages with Giphy, a library of animated GIFs. Or you can go the more universally useful route with Loom (another app favorite), an easy and free screen recorder. From sharing messages and files to interacting with multiple teams and even other companies, think of it as the ultimate chat room for business.
What: Momentum is a free browser add-on, available on Google Chrome and Firefox, that brings focus and inspiration to your New Tab page. Enjoy Momentum’s calm and encouraging environment to help organize and achieve your goals.
Why: Start your day with a beautiful setting and some inspiration. Replace new tab pages with a personal dashboard featuring to-do, weather, quotes, and mantras. One day you’ll open up a new tab to the background of Hvítserkur, Iceland and the next Wallowa, OR. You’ll see quotes from Albert Einstein, Princess Diana, Walt Disney, and more. We can’t think of a better way to make use of the hundreds of new tabs we open daily.
There you have it, our top 10 productivity apps of the year. Thanks for being a part of our 2019! We can’t wait for 2020.
Want to be a part of our 2020 roadmap? Submit your feature request(s) by contacting support here.