One of the biggest pitfalls of working from home is that it can be difficult to stay focused on your job-related tasks. There’s always laundry calling, or dishes to wash, or any number of other chores to tend to. If you’re feeling particularly unmotivated, you might even be tempted to take a television break.

Luckily, those brilliant people who develop phone apps are always coming out with new products designed to boost productivity.

Here are five apps guaranteed to help keep you on track when you’re working from home.

Pomodoro Time Pro

This is a Pomodoro Technique app. Not sure what that is? It’s a theory that we work most effectively with short, pre-scheduled breaks in between longer periods of productivity.

With this timer, each 25-minute work block is called a “pomodoro,” and the app reminds you to take 5-minute breaks after each one. Then after four pomodoros, you’ll get to take a longer break.

Give it a try and see if it works for you.


This one bills itself as the “Superfast Reminder App.” It monitors all the various things you need to accomplish, and alerts you when a to-do item’s deadline approaches. Very helpful.


RescueTime is a productivity tool that runs securely in the background of your computer and/or mobile devices. It tracks how you’re spending your time, analyzing which apps and websites you use most.

What’s really cool about RescueTime is that it will actually provide you with a daily report of exactly where all your time went.


This app helps users keep your tasks, projects, and goals organized. OmniFocus promises to help you “ignore the irrelevant, focus on what you can do now, and accomplish more.”


Do you spend too much time reading and responding to email? Let Zero help! It works with Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and IMAP messages.

This clever app helps users process and react to large quantities of emails quickly, with the goal of reaching “zero” outstanding messages.