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The Productivity Apps That Developers Use to Stay Organized

01/04/2024
4 minutes

No matter where you stand on the whole “new year, new me” thing, the start of a new year always provides a bit of momentum and enthusiasm. And if your 2024 vision board has some career and coding goals on it, we are here for you every step of the way.

We know that it takes a lot to stay committed to learning to code, whether you’re working towards a new job or just want to develop some useful life tools. It helps to have a strong support system, a clear objective, and some organizational tools to guide you along the way.

Ahead are the desktop and mobile apps that developers and people learning to code in our community use to stay organized and inspired at work and in their daily lives. (Some of these apps are free to use, while others require a paid subscription.) Who knows? Downloading these apps could inspire you to code the next game-changing productivity tool on your own.

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Notion

Best for: Maintaining a knowledge base.

Lots of devs use Notion to organize and share documentation. It’s particularly useful for storing code snippets, best practices, project requirements, and troubleshooting guides. You can also use Notion to jot down organized notes during meetings and collaborate in real time with your team members.

Never used Notion before? There is a Codecademy Notion template that you can start using to keep track of the resources you need to support your learning journey. This is great prep if you eventually land a job where the team uses Notion in its workflow.

Unroll.me

Best for: Taking control of your inbox.

Declutter your inbox and instantly unsubscribe from all those automated email lists using Unroll.me. You’ll be amazed how much mental energy you get back just from streamlining your email inbox.

Akiflow

Best for: Integrating other dev tools like GitHub and Jira.

Create one inbox to rule them all with Akiflow. You can integrate all the organizational apps your team uses on the regular, like GitHub, Jira, and Zoom, so you don’t have to switch between multiple apps to stay up to date on your tasks and meetings.

Structured

Best for: Visualizing your to-do list and calendar.

A sleek interface and intuitive design can go a long way in making you feel more organized. Structured is an app that presents your schedule in a linear format, making task tracking a breeze. With features like time-based scheduling, customizable reminders, and visually appealing widgets, it seamlessly integrates with calendars and reminders, simplifying the management of various tasks in one convenient place.

Routinery

Best for: Building learning habits.

If you’re determined to make learning a part of your daily routine in 2024, consider trying the app Routinery. You can set up your morning or evening routine, and the app will set a timer for you, nudge you to move to the next task, and help you stay consistent. For example, maybe your ideal routine includes 10 minutes of learning with Codecademy after reading your morning newsletters — you can set it all up in Routinery and over time it’ll become second nature.

Asana

Best for: Setting goals (and sticking to them).

Asana is well-established work management tool that’s used by lots of organizations and tech teams. It’s great for managing project timelines and collaborating cross-functionally. As an individual, you can use Asana to set time-based goals for your projects or learning journey. Need some inspiration for 2024 coding goals? Check out this blog for some ideas that’ll motivate you to take your coding journey far this year.

Todoist

Best for: Establishing work-life balance.

Folks like Todoist because you can see and organize all of your tasks — from remembering to water your desk plants to following up with that recruiter who contacted you — in one place. Todoist stands out as a top-tier to-do list app because it has a user-friendly experience and a rich set of features, like progress tracking, unlimited reminders, and efficient project management tools.

Taiga

Best for: Managing a project.

This free and open-source project management tool can be used to keep track of bugs, issues, and tasks. A cool thing about Taiga is it uses terms and best practices from the Agile framework, like “epics” and “user story.” If your team follows the Agile approach, or you’re just curious about this methodology, Taiga’s a great place to familiarize yourself with the framework.

Motion

Best for: Outsourcing your schedule.

This app is kind of like if you had an assistant who was in charge of scheduling all your meetings and making time for you to complete tasks. Motion’s AI system makes a schedule for you to work on assignments during free time in your calendar, and the app can determine your priorities and reschedule work that you don’t get around to finishing.

More ways to achieve your 2024 goals

Explore more ways to stay accountable to your coding goals this year on the blog. Read inspiring stories about learners who launched new careers, discover study hacks, and get some ideas for your next project. Don’t forget to take advantage of all the tools you get with your Codecademy membership that will keep you on track, like your weekly learning target, community chapters, streaks, and more.  

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