The best apps for productivity

by Kristina Walcker-Mayer - 14 Apr 2016

Do you struggle with productivity? Do you have lists, more lists, and lists of lists? Ever missed a deadline because you lost track of your to-dos?

In a work environment that follows Radical Agility, we need to remember that our output is largely autonomous in nature. We live in a mobile-dominant society, so naturally there’s a huge selection of productivity apps out there to choose from.

It's hard to differentiate between the good, the bad, and the utterly unworkable. We’ve compiled a list of apps that come with the Zalando tick of approval. Get ready to be productive!


Slack is a cloud-based collaboration tool that is incredibly useful for developer teams who want real-time messaging, archiving, and major integration of popular applications such as Dropbox, GitHub, and Heroku.

With the sharing of files, in-app notifications, and dynamic search functions of your entire archive available, Slack is a popular choice for organisations that want their tools to scale with them. Its fully native app and web-based client makes Slack accessible across several devices and operating systems, which is ideal for tech companies and startups.

Google Drive

Speaking of apps that integrate seamlessly with Slack, Google Drive is a staple in the Zalando Tech workplace, and for good reason. Being able to store any file in the one place isn’t only handy for developers, but can be widely used across departments to coordinate and collaborate extensively. Google Drive also allows you to access your files from any device, making it a great fit for dual-OS environments.


Password security should be a big deal in every company, and an application like 1Password is handy for all kinds of information you want protected. Creating unique passwords for all of your accounts is merely the tip of the iceberg: You can store credit card information and PIN data, change weak or duplicate passwords that already exist, and sign in to your accounts effortlessly with a single click.


We promise the addition of Trello wasn’t influenced by creator Joel Spolsky’s recent visit to Zalando HQ, but has instead earned its place as a top pick when it comes to productivity. This web-based project management tool is takes inspiration from the Kanban philosophy and helps you organise literally anything! Just like a Kanban board, a Trello board divides up your tasks into classified columns, where progress can be tracked and updates happen in real-time. The base functions of Trello can also be enhanced by turning on features like Calendar and Voting.


A you a prolific note-taker? Then lose the paper and get yourself acquainted with Evernote. This freemium, cross-platform app is designed for all your note-taking, organising, and archiving needs. It’s also the most widely accessible app on our list, with support for BlackBerry OS, Windows Phone, and Chrome OS available on top of the usual suspects. Notes can take on many forms, including image capture and voice recordings, which can then be grouped into a collective notebook for tagging and annotations.

There you have it, our top five productivity apps! Let us know what you think about the choices by tweeting me at @MobileGeekGirl.

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