So its that time of year, where we all wonder what the year ahead will bring, what we will achieve and if business will take steps in the right direction. One of the key things to making this all happen is productivity so I'd like to welcome Sam McFarlane, my Guest Blogger for this month. Sam is a Virtual Assistant helping small business owners and entrepreneurs with social media marketing, event planning and administration.
10 time management tools to improve productivity
“The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time.” – Dante Alighieri
As a small business owner, your time is valuable. It’s easy to waste time. Emails, phone calls and other interruptions drain your productivity, which impacts your small business. You can’t get more time, but you can use the time you have more effectively. Improve your productivity with these time management tools to help you focus on getting your work done.
Here are 10 Free Time Management Tools that will help you stay focused and get more done.
Tools to help you manage your time and your schedule:
Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/ – a cloud-based file hosting service that makes file sharing and storing easy. A free program that allows you to easily transfer files from your computer to your dropbox folder, which you can then share with colleagues and access whenever and wherever you need. Files you keep on dropbox are safely backed up and you can access them from all your devices.
Toggl https://toggl.com/ – is a desktop app for simple online time tracking. All the time logs are synced to the cloud.
Evernote https://evernote.com/ – a productivity tool which allows you to record anything that catches your eye during the day. Take notes, record meetings, create lists and share the information with colleagues or friends.
RescueTime https://www.rescuetime.com/ – if you find yourself easily distracted, RescueTime can help as it acts like a productivity meter – it will tell you exactly how long you spend where. Track how much time you spend on non productive tasks.
Wrike https://www.wrike.com/ – online project and task management software. Organise tasks, manage tasks and improve collaboration.
Todoist https://en.todoist.com/ – share tasks with family, friends and colleagues and collaborate in real time. Todoist helps you organise and prioritise your tasks and projects.
Remember the milk https://www.rememberthemilk.com/ – set reminders so you don’t have to remember things anymore. This app can be used with Google Calender.
Pocket https://getpocket.com/ – Save articles to read later by bookmarking them using this app. Save everything you are interested in in one place, so you can read it later
Wunderlist https://www.wunderlist.com/ - a collaborative to-do list app that helps you coordinate with your friends, family, and colleagues. Track, complete, and share your goals at the click of a button. You can also assign tasks, add comments, and set due dates and reminders.
Pomodoro Technique https://tomato-timer.com/ – the ultimate productivity tool. Set your timer for 25 minutes. Then start your task and work until the timer goes off. Then take a 5 minute break and do it all over again. After 4 rounds, take a 15-20 minute break. Try to do something physical during your breaks to ensure you maintain focus.
So there you have it, a list of what I consider to be the best tools to help you manage your time and improve productivity, and what’s even better, they are free! If you use other apps that you have found useful, I would love to hear about them. Share your comments below.
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