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When you are a freelancer, it’s not always easy to stay on task, and without a real boss hovering over your shoulder, you might find yourself getting distracted by social media and watching videos on YouTube while you don’t realise that the deadline arrives closer. Even when you’re doing your ideal job, your motivation can be hard to find.

Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone as there are many web apps out there that are designed to smooth out this process and make it easier to work consistently. In this post, you’ll find these browser-based tools could be a blessing, so let’s take a look at the eight productivity apps that been designed for freelancers.

1. RescueTime

Rescue Time

Find your ideal work‑life balance as RescueTime runs in the background, tracking what apps you’re using and the sites you spend your time on, then compiles it into a report. Using this app can be an eye-opening experience as you realise how long you spend being unproductive. But once you know, you can take steps to stop wasting so time on certain websites.

Price: Free for Lite or $9.00 per month for Premium

2. uses AI-composed music to help you relax, sleep, or more importantly, focus. It does this by stimulating your brain in ways that their scientists believe can help boost attention.

Price: $47.40 per year

3. StayFocusd


StayFocusd is a productivity extension for Chrome that helps you stay focused on work by restricting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites. Once your allotted time has been used up, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.

Price: Free

4. Trello


Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done, this get done by allowing you to create boards for each projects, further you can createindividual cards within them and you can even add checklists, categories and other tools to each card. Trello been designed for teams, but it’s also great for keeping those personal projects organised.

Price: Free

5. Todoist


Life can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. Todoist lets you keep track of everything in one place, so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

Price: Free to $5.00 per month

6. Basecamp


Basecamp app allows you to assign tasks to people, communicate effectively with everyone, and organise all your tools and files in one place. No more communicating and sharing files through email chains, or wasting time explaining things over and over again.

Price: $99.00 per month

7. Focus Booster

Focus Booster App

Focus Booster uses the Pomodoro technique to keep you focused but fresh, and it has mini-timers that allow you to work in sessions with frequent breaks in between. If you struggle to stay focused after an extended time, then this technique is perfect for you. You can also download Focus Booster on your mobile device as well.

Price: Free to $4.99 per month

8. Habitica


If you like games and even achievements than you will like Habitica, this is a free habit-building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate you and a strong social network to inspire you, Habitica can help you achieve your goals to become healthy, hard-working, and happy.

Price: Free


8 Productivity Apps for Freelancers