It doesn’t matter if you are an entrepreneur or simply an employee at some company, we always dream about shorter workweeks and days that we can take off. This probably would have remained a dream a few years back but not anymore. With the advent of technology, there are several productivity tools that you can employ to make your life simpler and get more work done or just get it done faster.
Whether you like to work from your workspace or remotely, you can boost up the productivity by embracing some of these productivity tools of the next generation that many managers and entrepreneurs use. So, let’s take a look at some of these fascinating tools that will help you make your work life easier and simpler by getting more done.
Information keeps floating around us and there is so much to remember and act upon that more often than not we tend to miss out on something. Evernote not only allows you to take notes but also helps to pin down articles that you browse online which you can later use in your presentations. Your note can be anything from text and audio to a sketch or a picture.
An additional advantage of using Evernote is that once you have captured the note it is instantly available on all of your connected devices. So you don’t have to worry over stored information. And just like many different productivity tools it also allows you to share the note with others and discuss it.
It might sound alien but the name simply means, “If This, Then That.” This program is a perfect model of computer programming IF statement that you can use to create “recipes” that connects services and applications to work together to achieve some task. For example, if you want to turn your phone into silent mode when you reach the office, then you simply create a recipe that will switch your phone into mute once your phone has detected through location services that you have reached your office.
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IFTTT is one of the simplest apps that can create complex integration amongst apps without requiring any of us do any kind of programming for it. The use of this app goes beyond imagination where you can add reminders to your phone if weather forecasts rain or if simply you want to backup a new contact to that you add to your phone.
We all are busy people and the amount of emails that we get in our inbox is simply overwhelming each day. We have several newsletter subscriptions that we do want to read but perhaps not every day. Unroll.me helps you gather all your chosen newsletters into a single bundle of emails that you can open at anytime in future. This is one of my favourite tools as it helps me to organise by inbox and keep it clean. This programme also comes with an unsubscribe feature which allows you get removed from any list that you want. So, don’t let the subscribe button scare you anymore as Unroll.me will make sure your life is not made tough due to it.
Every business has now taken up their game to the social media. But since there are so many different platforms to monitor, it sometimes becomes a difficult task for an organisation to keep up with the pace. Hootsuite allows you to manage all your social media marketing just in one place. This is a popular tool amongst the social media experts as it allows them to connect all social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and others in once place.
It provides you with a single dashboard from where you can manage all the social profiles and lets you find and schedule your posts for more effective social content. Moreover, you can measure the performance using Hootsuite’s real-time analytics to spot the trends and to make better decisions.
Productivity Tools For Everything: Google Drive
You are already aware of Google Drive, but its ability to convert and edit MS Office documents and spreadsheets makes it a great productivity tool that helps you collaborate and share documents with your employees and clients. 15GB of space is offered free by Google to store any and every kind of file in it ranging from designs, documents, photos, audio, presentations, and much more, which can be accessed easily from any device that is connected to the internet. Now I doubt this one requires more details!
So, these are just five of the best productivity tools that I love to use and there will be many others which some other entrepreneurs might recommend. Take a look at them and decide for yourself which tool is best for what purpose that will not only make your life simpler but will also get more things done in a faster manner.
[This post by Abhishek Shah first appeared on Thugstart and has been reproduced with permission.]