Doist nails it again with another great list of top productivity apps for this year.
But, I love how they start the article:
Let’s get one thing out of the way first: You do not need any of the apps on this list in order to be productive.
Michaelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel without a Pomodoro timer. Marie Curie managed to develop her theory of radioactivity without the help of Evernote. Benjamin Franklin kept track of his to-do lists quite well enough with pen and paper. People have been accomplishing great things for Millenia without any digital assistance.
What’s more important than the apps you use are the habits and systems you put in place to show up consistently and do the work.
TL;DR - Tools can help, but habits and systems are vastly more important!