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Every business owner, no matter what size their company, is always on the lookout for ways to increase productivity and efficiency. This doesn’t only make it possible to get more done, but it also frees up time and energy for creative thinking, brainstorming, networking and simply enjoying their success.

We’ve rounded up three apps that will help you achieve real improvement in these areas without sacrificing quality. These apps were part of a feature selected by the editors of PC Mag in their end of the year round up of the best the web has to offer when it comes to increasing productivity and helping entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals get the most out of themselves — and their busy days.

  1. StayFocused

Perhaps the biggest challenges when it comes to staying on track are the distractions that come part and parcel with being online. Emails, special website offers and even just your own routine can throw a wrench in the best of intentions. StayFocused is an app that helps mitigate and remove these distractions by restricting access and time you can spend on certain websites. Worried that means you won’t be able to upload or manage work related social media? Think again. Stay Focused gives you plenty of room to control what to block, what to allow and even for how long.


Make collaboration easier and more accessible with this easy to use task management app. The design is simple and the interface is incredibly user friendly, making it an ideal small business productivity app for companies that want to encourage team collaboration without weighing users down. It also features nudges that can help encourage users to develop better time management and follow-up habits, making it a true Top Pick.

  1. HootSuite

If you aren’t already turned onto HootSuite, then now is definitely the time. Forget going from one social media site to another, jumping between accounts and often getting distracted in the process. HootSuite streamlines all your social media so you can get in, get the job done and get on with your day.