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Tapajyoti Bose
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6 Killer Productivity Apps for Programmers

With the rise of "instant-dopamine-hit" applications, the current attention span of humans has decimated so much that even a goldfish can beat us!

But all hope isn't lost disciples, there are some apps that when used, can blow up your productivity to new and unthinkable heights. Some use the same feedback loop as those "instant-dopamine-hit" applications, but constructively; others make your life way easier. Let's take a look at 6 such incredible apps.

1. Habitica


Habitica is a free habit-building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game, a process known as gamification. 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.

Habitica is simply gamification on steroids, a really effective tool to help you stay motivated & productive and even get rid of bad habits.

Fun Fact: It is an Open Source Project, so you can dive into the source code here:

2. Forest


Forest is an app that helps you stay focused on the essential things in life. The app has a lot of pluses. First, it's a well-designed app that helps make the abstract idea of focusing away from your phone into a fun game, just like Habitica.

It has some great features, but it keeps things simple where it counts, and even the free version with ads is pretty good at not distracting you.

As a bonus for every tree you grow, the Forest team partners with a real-tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future, to plant real trees on Earth. When our users spend virtual coins they earn in Forest on planting real trees, the Forest team donates to our partner and creates planting orders.

Not only do you stay focused, but leave a positive impact on the environment too! It is killing two birds with one stone!


3. Cold Turkey

As the Cold Turkey team puts it, the app is "The Toughest Website Blocker on the Internet".

It will block you out of all the apps and games you don't want to be distracted by, leaving you so bored, that being productive will appear to be lucrative.

Your future self will thank you for the tough love!


4. VS Code

Of course, a programmer is a sitting duck without the power of a good IDE.

Visual Studio Code, the source-code editor made by Microsoft needs no introduction.

Even though it is a tad hard to properly master, once you get used to the features it has to offer like multi-cursor, snippets, debuggers, and many more, your productivity will blast past the limits lightning-fast.

It's a must-have tool for developers of all skill levels!


5. GitHub Copilot

GitHub Copilot is an artificial intelligence tool developed by GitHub and OpenAI to assist users by autocompleting code.

Initially, it was met with a lot of controversies, but now having it is a no-brainer.

On explaining what you want in the comments, GitHub Copilot will generate the code for you, and potentially save you hundreds of hours of Google searches & visiting Stack Overflow!


6. Notion

Notion is one of the most popular and flexible tools. It's an all-in-one productivity solution and it's simply one of the best tools I've ever used. It can be a writing repository, task management software, a workout calendar, a database, and so much more.

Notion calls itself "the missing half of Slack". Regardless of whether you are working alone or in a team, you can use Notion to organize your thoughts and efficiently plan out projects.


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Top comments (11)

webbureaucrat profile image

Love Habitica. The best.

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Liftoff Studios

VSCode is not an IDE, it is a code editor

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𒎏Wii 🏳️‍⚧️

You can turn it into basically an IDE though. Even vim can basically be turned into an IDE. It's really just about taking a code editor and integrating language-specific features.

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Liftoff Studios

Yes but you need to mention this point that at the start it isn't an IDE and that plugins need to be installed

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Camco • Edited

It's an IDE. There is no argument here.

All IDEs can be code editors. Not all code editors can be IDE's...


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𒎏Wii 🏳️‍⚧️

It's really not though.

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Liftoff Studios

Yes but check the website of VSCode @camcodirect
It literally says VSCode is a code editor not an IDE

Visual Studio is an IDE not VSCode

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drmikecrowe ... Keeps all my Mac, Linux and mobile notes synced. Kanban plug-in for tasks. Love it

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Ahmed Javed • Edited

Notion is not available for linux

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Tapajyoti Bose

Thanks for pointing out, I wasn't aware of it

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Richard Joseph

Can't you just access it in a browser, that's all I do on my Mac (I do use the app on Android)?