7 Productivity Tools I Can’t Live Without
As the end of this financial year draws to a close I’ve been reviewing my tool chest; my suite of applications and tools that help me live the business cliché of working smarter and not harder.
This post shares my top 7… the ones I really couldn’t run my business without.
1. My Smartphone Access Anywhere Anytime
I have an i-whatsit but I think we can generalise my number one tool as a “smart phone”. Being able to access my emails, the internet and most of my other business applications out and about is just incredibly handy. Of course, the ability to access your business everywhere you go can make it a bit hard to switch off sometimes!
2. The Pomodoro Technique Time Management
I was put onto this little gem about 6 months ago but it was actually created in the 1980s. The premise is to be as efficient as possible by breaking your time into 25mins chunks. You set a timer and during that 25mins you only work on one task, ignoring all distractions. I invite you to give it a go. It’s a wonder if you work billable hours.
3. TeuxDeux Task Management
TeuxDeux is a simple, sassy and easy to use to-do application that helps you organise your days and weeks and somedays. You can create, drag and drop tasks and access your lists from your smart phone. And their errors message are classic!
4. Dropbox Document Management
This application is fantastic is you need to access your documents on the go. A Dropbox is created on your computer and any file you save to Dropbox instantly saves to your computer, phone, and the Dropbox website. It makes sharing large files with clients a lot less of a headache and you get 2G of space for free!
5. Tweetdeck Social Media Dashboard
There are a few of these dashboards about and they all roughly do the same thing. From a single interface you can keep up with your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn connections as well as update your individual profiles. Try a few dashboards out as it really comes down to which interface you prefer. But whichever you chose, save time you will!
6. Bit.ly URL shortner
To save valuable characters in your social media updates I highly recommend using a URL shortner. I love bit.ly because it easy to use and according to the research by Dan Zarella, in The Science of Retweets, it is “more retweetable” than other url shortners. Good enough for me!
7. Skype Internet calls for a dime – or less!
Most people will have heard of Skype for it’s provision of free video and voice chats over the internet. To chat to overseas clients (and family and friends) it’s an absolutely dream but you can be at the mercy of your internet connection. You can also pop a few dimes in the meter and call regular landlines and mobiles plus set yourself up with a local number overseas. Keeping your operating costs down couldn’t be easier!
So now it’s over to you. Do you use any of these? Do you have other application you just couldn’t live without? Let me know!
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