Wish you had a couple more hours in your day? You’re not alone.\nTime is the most expensive currency we have. In fact, it’s invaluable because it can’t be exchanged or reversed. Time spent is time gone. Forever.\nWhether you’re a freelancer on a tight schedule or a leader who wants to make better use of your team’s hours, time management is probably your number one priority. If it’s not, it should be.\nRead about how to conduct a time audit.\nEnter time management apps – your partner in crime for boosting productivity. There is a wide range of desktop and mobile apps on the market that can help you manage your time. While variety is great, it’s important to know what the main features to look for in a time management app are.\nTime management apps: the top choices for productive teams\nNow that you know why time management is crucial, it’s time to choose the app that will help you manage projects and your team’s time. Here’s our list of the best time management software on the market:\n\nHubstaff\nShift\nSlack\nTwist\nfocus booster\nAny.do\nTodoist\nHabitica\nForest\nToggl\nRescueTime\nTrello\nRemember the Milk\n\n\n1. Hubstaff\nHubstaff has been called one of the best time management apps out there. With Hubstaff, you can track time to projects down to the second. Managers can view their team’s productivity with activity scores and proof of work features like optional screenshots.\nHubstaff is extremely versatile and is used by freelancers, remote teams, and field service workers. If you’re not sure where your team stands, Hubstaff is broken down into three subcategories:\n\nHubstaff Time for basic time tracking\nHubstaff Desk for in-office and remote teams\nHubstaff Field for field service and distributed teams\n\nIf you’re just looking to keep track of your team’s billable hours, Hubstaff Time works best. If your needs change, you can always automate your payroll, expense reporting, and customer service efforts with over 30 integrations. The mobile app is available on iOS and Android devices.\n\nFeatures: Track time spent on task management with Android and iOS mobile apps, the Chrome extension, and Windows or Mac desktop software. Send invoices to your clients with a few clicks. Monitor your team members by hours worked and work activity with notification-based reminders. Automate payroll and timesheets. Integrates with all major project management apps, as well as the Hubstaff Tasks software. Hubstaff Field offers GPS and geofencing features to check in with teams from afar.\nSuited for: Freelancers, remote teams, field service teams, agencies, and businesses that need detailed or more reliable timesheets.\nPrice (Hubstaff Time)\n\nTime Free: $0 for one user only\nTime Starter: $7.00 per user per month\nTime Pro: $10.00 per user per month\nEnterprise: $20.00 per user per month\n\n\nTrack your time on the go\nTime management made easy with Hubstaff\n\n\n2. Shift\nShift is a productivity platform designed to streamline your workflow so that you can spend your time more efficiently. Without the hassle of logging in and out each time, Shift users get single-click access to over 900 of the web’s most popular applications, extensions, and email accounts.\n\nFeatures: Workflow management on Windows, Mac OS, or Linux. Email integration with Gmail, Outlook, or Office365 and app integration with Slack, Facebook, Asana, Spotify, and 900+ top apps. Unified search, custom notifications, and more.\nSuited for: Freelancers, agencies, productivity hackers, startup founders\nPrice\n\nBasic: $0 (free)\nAdvanced: $99.99 per year (billed annually)\nTeams: $99.99 per user per year\n\n3. Slack\nSlack is one of the most well-known team chat apps available today. It helps teams around the world stay connected, focused, and organized when collaborating. The free version of Slack allows you to create channels, share files, and make video calls with your team. Powerful integrations make Slack a helpful project management tool as well.\n\nFeatures: Real-time communication, file sharing, voice and video calling, team organization. A wide range of powerful integrations. Available on desktop, web, iOS app, Android app, and Apple Watch.\nSuited for: Simple day-to-day conversations and file sharing. Project management for small and medium-sized organizations.\nPrice\n\nFree: $0 per month\nPro: $6.67 per month\nBusiness+: $12.50 per month\nEnterprise: Contact for rates.\n\n4. Twist\nOne thing emails get right is their naturally threaded structure. That doesn’t mean you will be able to keep track of everything, though. This could also be said of most team chat apps. Can you imagine a more organized, real-time version of that? Enter Twist.\n\nFeatures: Real-time communication, ability to organize threads within channels, file sharing, seamless email integration.\nSuited for: Day-to-day conversations, larger organizations.\nPrice\n\nFree: $0 per user per month\nUnlimited: $5 per user per month\n\n5. focus booster\nTo no one’s surprise, focus booster is designed to help you stay focused. It’s the perfect way to track the time you spend on each task — even across devices.\n\nFeatures: Instant online timesheets, interval time tracking, in-depth reports, mobile tracking.\nSuited for: Easily distracted individuals, freelancers, remote teams.\nPrice\n\nStarter: $0 per month\nProfessional: $4.99 per month\n\n6. Any.do\nAny.do is an app that helps busy people get things done. While some consider it merely a list app, you’ll also get a calendar, notifications, and access to your own virtual assistant for better task management.\n\nFeatures: Task list reminders via mobile and web app, calendar, notifications, and virtual assistant.\nSuited for: Freelancers, remote work, personal needs.\nPrice\n\n1 month: $5.99 per month billed monthly\n6 months: $4.49 per month billed every 6 months\n12 months: $2.99 per month billed annually\n\n7. Todoist\nTodoist is a time management app that helps you create your own to-do lists. Whether it’s for your own work, your team’s, or your work around the house, it can serve as your own personal assistant.\n\nFeatures: To-do list reminders, notifications, collaboration option, projects with subprojects, recurring tasks, labels, and filters. Mobile version is available for iOS and Android.\nSuited for: Freelancers, managers, remote teams, personal use.\nPrice\n\nFree: $0\nPro: $3 per month billed annually, $4 per month billed monthly\n\n8. Habitica\nOne of the best things about video games is the satisfaction you feel when you finish one. Seeing your daily tasks as video game achievements is one surefire way to increase your productivity. With Habitica, you’re playing your own character in the game of, well… life.\n\nFeatures: Goal tracking, to-do lists, progress tracker, beautiful vintage videogame interface.\nSuited for: People who want to be productive outside of work, people looking for a stepping stone to increasing their productivity, video game fans of all ages.\nPrice\n\nFree: $0 per month\nGroup Price: $9 per month plus + $3 per member\n\n9. Forest\nSmartphones are amazing, but sometimes they can be the biggest hurdle to productivity. Forest is simple mobile app: you plant a tree for every new task. The tree grows when you don’t use your phone, and it dies when you leave the app.\n\nFeatures: Progress tracker, timer.\nSuited for: People who find it difficult to focus, people spending too many hours on their phones, people looking for a productivity tool for personal use.\nPrice\n\n$1.99 on Apple Store\/Google Play\n\n10. Toggl\nToggl has three different tools: Toggl Track for basic time tracking, Toggl Plan for project management, and Toggl Hire for hiring new employees and freelancers. Depending on what you do, any of the three can help you manage your projects and day-to-day tasks.\n\nToggl is popular amongst freelancers and companies that employ them. The ease of use and ability to switch seamlessly across devices makes it easy to onboard designers, developers, and other creatives with little to no hassle.\nFeatures: Basic timer, Mobile app for iOS, Android, Apple Watch\nSuited for: Freelancers, remote teams, project managers, individuals tracking hours for personal projects.\nPrice\n\nFree: $0 for up to 5 users\nStarter: $9 per user per month. Unlimited users.\nPremium: $18 per user per month. Unlimited users.\nEnterprise: Contact for a quote tailored to your organization.\n\n11. RescueTime\nRescueTime is a Seattle-based personal analytics tool that helps teams organize their time and increase productivity. Like Hubstaff, RescueTime goes a bit further than other tools on this list by exploring the tools teams use to be productive.\n\nAnother way it stands out from the rest is with Smart Coaching. This feature scans your schedule for meetings and focus time. The software then provides helpful tips throughout the day to help you get the most out of the hours you work.\nFeatures: Basic timer tracking features, two-week free trial, Smart Coaching\nSuited for: Freelancers, remote teams, project managers, enterprise-grade companies\nPrice\n\nRescueTime Lite: $0\nRescueTime Premium: $9 per month\n\n12. Trello\nTrello allows even the most novice project manager to take control of their team’s workflow. The free plan will give you access to Trello’s standard Kanban-based task management system with a few extra perks.\n\nTo use Trello, you’ll start by creating a board. Each new phase of your project will be housed on a card that you can add to said board. These cards allow you to add notes, create task lists, and add comments and users. You can then sort your cards into lists within the board. Most managers break their work into columns with titles like:\n\nTo-do\nDoing\nDone\nBacklog\n\nTrello also has a premium version, but it relies heavily on integrations with other apps. Miniscule file attachment capabilities will leave you downloading “Power-Ups” for apps like Box and Google Drive. The inability to close down tasks when they’re completed makes it difficult to organize and meet due dates.\nFeatures: Kanban boards, task lists, timelines, calendars, commenting\/notes features.\nSuited for: Project managers, task management, remote teams, in-office teams, small to mid-sized teams.\nPrice\n\nFree: $0 for an unlimited number of team members\nStandard: $5 per user per month billed annually\nPremium: $10 per user per month billed annually ($12.50 billed monthly)\nEnterprise: $17.50 per user per month billed annually ($210 billed monthly)\n\n13. Remember the Milk\nRemember the Milk is an Australian web-based time management application. It allows users to create and manage task lists from their computer, mobile device, or Apple watch.\n\nLike other tools mentioned, Remember the Milk relies heavily on the creation of tags and lists. To keep track of them all, you can color-code them. Remember the Milk can even differentiate between web-based tasks and tasks that require a phone to complete. This helps you stay focused and use only the device you need to be on to complete your tasks.\nThe Smart Add feature lets you enter all task specs in one line of text. Just enter the deadline, a priority level, repeat frequency, and any tags associated with the project. Once you have this all filled in, simply press enter and Remember the Milk will generate a task for you instantly.\nFeatures: Device categorization, tags, Smart Add, compatibility with Apple Watch.\nSuited for: Project managers, remote team managers, in-office teams, and individuals looking for a productivity app for personal use.\nPrice\n\nFree: $0 per year\nPro: $39.99 per year\n\nMake your time work for you\nThe first step to business-boosting time management is finding the right tool for the job. What’s your favorite time management technique? Do any of these time management apps help you get more done or manage your teams better?\nLet us know in the comments.\nThis post was originally published in September 2018. It was updated by the Hubstaff Blog Team in October 2019 and August 2021.