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The 11 Best Mac Productivity Apps 2021 (TL;DR)

I love tools. I really do, and some of them are the ones that I simply can’t live (online) without. That’s how I ended up publishing over a dozen listicles featuring the best productivity tools, blogging tools, marketing tools, social media tools, browser extensions, etc.

A quick reminder, these are my personal favorites and hence are not necessarily the best. However, it just works perfectly for me. And it’s a list of free, freemium, and premium apps. So here you go.

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The Best Mac Productivity Apps To Get (Some) Things Done

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  1. Numi (Freemium) — Beautiful calculator for Mac that blends math with text. Currency, units, time zones, numeral systems, variables, export, notification widget.
  2. Day One (Freemium) — Day One is a journaling app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure.
  3. USB Overdrive (Freemium) — USB Overdrive is a device driver for macOS that handles any USB or Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, trackball, joystick, gamepad or gaming device from any manufacturer and lets you configure it either globally or on a per-application, per-device basis. Also try, SteerMouse (Premium — $19.99) — SteerMouse is a utility that lets you freely customize the buttons, wheels, and cursor speed of your mouse (both USB and Bluetooth mice are supported).
  4. MindNode (Freemium) — Every great idea starts with a single thought. Which leads to another and another. And then a million more! Whether it’s on the beach, at the office or on a walk, MindNode helps you capture all your thoughts and turn them into a clear picture of your idea.
  5. Paste (Premium — $9.99/year) — Paste is the world’s favorite clipboard manager for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It stores everything you copy and keeps your clipboard organized across all your devices.
  6. Be Focused (Freemium) — Be Focused lets you get things done by breaking up individual tasks among discrete intervals, separated by short breaks. It’s a surprisingly effective way to retain motivation and focus. Create tasks, configure breaks and track your progress throughout the day, week or custom period.
  7. Phiewer (Freemium) — Phiewer is the easiest and fastest way to view your images, videos and even audio files. It’s folder based so you can just browse your media in one window without any extra clicking and selecting.
  8. Display Menu — Display Menu shows a status item in your menu bar that lets you change your display settings with a single click. Depending on your display setup, you can set the screen resolution, toggle mirroring, and adjust the refresh rates.
  9. SizeUp (Premium — $12.99) — SizeUp allows you to quickly resize and position your windows with keyboard shortcuts or a handy menu bar icon.
  10. Cinch (Premium — $6.99) — Cinch allows you to precisely resize a window simply by dragging to the left, right, or top screen edge.
  11. Skitch (Free) — Get your point across with fewer words using annotation, shapes and sketches, so that your ideas become reality faster.

Your friendly neighborhood blogger,
— M