Google Calendar & more: The best time planner apps for 2021

March 03, 2021

Time planning apps 2021

Productivity gurus always say that to achieve success you must learn to master your time. If you’ve got big plans for 2021, the right daily planner app can help you go from surviving to thriving!

Here’s a quick rundown of our favourite planner apps that will help you wrestle your schedule into submission and knock out that to-do list in no time.

1. Google Calendar

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS, Android, Desktop

A cornerstone of Google’s suite of tools, Google Calendar is one of the most popular electronic calendars on the market — and for good reason!

Since its inception in 2006, the team at Google has worked hard to make sure this app keeps improving, allowing you to effortlessly manage various calendars across multiple devices.

If you have a Google account, the Calendar will automatically post events and appointments from your email directly into your calendar without you having to lift a finger.

Google has done an excellent job of adding new features while also maintaining the intuitive design that users around the world have fallen in love with.

2. Outlook Calendar 

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS, Android, Desktop 

Outlook Calendar is to Microsoft what Gmail Calendar is to Google.

Microsoft Outlook Calendar allows its users to effortlessly create and schedule appointments and events, organise meetings, and view group schedules seamlessly across multiple devices.

3. Clock for iOS

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS

Apple’s default clock app has everything you need and nothing you don’t when it comes to effective time management!

Don’t be fooled by its minimalist design — the Clock app still packs a punch when it comes to functionality. In addition to dual stopwatch/timer features, users have the ability to effortlessly add multiple alarms, which can be further customised with labels and unique alarm sounds from Apple’s expansive library of ringtones.

If you have family and/or team members spread across multiple time zones, the world clocks tab allows you to effortlessly stay on top of (everyone’s) time all at once.

And the recently added Bedtime feature will gently remind you when it’s the optimum time for you to hit the hay so you’ll be fully-charged come morning!

4. Sorted3

Price: Freemium

Platforms: iOS

You know that feeling when you wake up, take one look at your to-do list and immediately get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Sorted3 was created to fix that.

The app combines your tasks, calendar events and notes into an optimum, unified timeline so you can focus on getting things done. Should you ever get overwhelmed, Sorted3 can help you break down those huge tasks into more manageable steps.

It can also assist you in prioritising what needs to be done now, vs. what can be pushed until later.

5. Timely

Price: Solo plans for individuals start at GHS40/month 

Platforms: iOS, Android, and as a Google Chrome Extension 

Timely is an innovative time-tracking/scheduling app that helps you organise your workweek more efficiently and get better at managing your time.

Available on mobile and as a browser application, Timely helps you layout your workweek in advance and has you estimate how much time you’ll need to set aside to tackle your daily tasks.

Available for teams and individuals, Timely helps you get a more realistic grasp on how much time projects actually take, holds you accountable for the amount of time you’ve scheduled, and helps you plan your week more efficiently.

6. Cozi Family Organizer

Price: Freemium

Platforms: iOS, Android, and as a browser application

Keeping track of your family is a full-time job in itself. The Cozi Family Organizer allows families to keep appointments and activities all in one place, track school events and class schedules, manage shared shopping lists, and collaborate on task lists (no more excuses for forgetting to finish the chores!).

Cozi effortlessly syncs across multiple devices. This super app will have you wondering if there’s anything it can’t do — according to one rave reviewer, Cozi has, “saved my sanity and my marriage!” It’s no wonder so many families love Cozi!

All of these applications have made it that much easier to stay on top of your schedule and achieve your goals. But now that you’ve mastered time management, set your schedules and your calendar is up to date — what to do with all that free time on your hands?

Benjamin Franklin once said, “time is money”, and he wasn’t wrong. The final app on our list can help you turn those gaps in your schedule into extra cash.

7. Bolt Driver

Price: Free

Platforms: iOS, Android

Savvy individuals all over the world are earning money and building bright futures by driving with Bolt. The sign-up process is easy and drivers can choose how frequently and when they want to drive to suit their schedule.

Make 2021 the year you take control of your time management, and start earning extra by driving with Bolt!

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