Are you often looking for new ways to organize pending tasks, unanswered emails, meetings and to-do lists? There’s always room to increase productivity and get inspired while working on your pending tasks.
A while back, we had a #BizHeroes on productivity with Cristina Riesen from Evernote. It was a pleasant chat with more than 200 participants all contributing thoughts, ideas and inspiration around making our personal and workspaces more enjoyable and productive.
Topics ranged from creativity to productivity and from company culture to employee happiness. There were a lot of great insights and takeaways rounded up. You can find them in our Storify.
Setting the focus on being productive, I decided to put together a good list of tools that can help teams collaborate better and make the most out of their time.
Here Are 10 of my Favorite Productivity Tools:
Evernote: We rely on the internet for everything and often find ourselves in the middle of a mess. Evernote helps with getting us back on track. As Cristina said on #BizHeroes, Evernote allows you to “quickly write, collect, find and present all relevant information on any device you may be using.” If you’re curious to learn more about Evernote, or productivity, creativity and company culture, you can review the chat Storify here.
Appointy: When you’re planning for the year ahead, you need to have a good calendar. Appointy is a great alternative to handle your appointments. They have a free version with basic features, and you can also choose some of the monthly payment options if you wish to have more control, branding or Google linking.
Vesper: The Vesper app is a super minimalist but useful app that allows you to take notes from your iPhone. Sometimes you just need a quick-open and user-friendly tool to collect and save your thoughts for later. It’s a great way to catch your creativity anytime it comes.
Ommwriter: We don’t get things done because we have too many distractions. And when it comes to writing, the most important aspect is being and staying focused. Ommwriter allows you to transport yourself to a land of calm and relax with no notifications or social networks so that you can get your writing on from beginning to end in one sitting.
Expensify: One of the most challenging and dreading things some of us have to do is “expensing”. If you need your company (or your employees) to have a better organization when it comes to submitting receipts and paying back, then Expensify is your way to go. Their premise is “Simplified expense reporting your employees will love”.
Slack: Looking for a super light and easy way to communicate with your team and stay informed and organized? It seems Slack is doing a fantastic job by hosting an all-in-one messaging service for organizations to improve their productivity by enhancing communication. I like the option of adding channels for a particular project or just for fun!
Inbox Zero: Although, not an actual app, the Inbox Zero approach is a wonderful way to get your e-mail cluster out of the way. If you want to learn how to achieve that, don’t miss this inbox hack by Brad Patterson and pave your way through your e-mail pile in no time.
CoSchedule: If you have a blog or just need to handle your social media account, CoSchedule will step up your game with scheduling and planning an editorial calendar.
Google Drive: Google Drive is a life saver! It lets you organize all of your documents and charts. What am I saying? It’s a workplace dream in a cloud! You can create, share, modify, export any document, “excel” sheets and presentations. It’s great for teams as it allows the whole team to have access and edit all the documents created. Can you tell it’s one of my favorites?
Paper.li: I can’t talk about productivity without mentioning Paper.li. A great “do more with less tool”, Paper.li does a lot to power-up productivity. It saves you oodles of time and effort by gathering the content that’s important to you when you want it. The nifty newspaper format gives your community a structured overview of relevant content to share.
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Habit List: Productivity is important in your work life but also in your personal life. Habit List allows you to organize your goals and create healthier habits, set a date for their completion and get motivated along the way with reminders and badges. It even tracks your progress!
Focuster: Focuster works along with Google Calendar to optimize your schedule and help you prioritize your tasks. You decide what should go next, and the app reminds you about it until you get it done.
Grammarly: We all need to watch our grammar when drafting text and it could become a pain to avoid all mistakes. Grammarly can be used as an add-on to your browser or desktop to help you get your point across without any grammar issues so that you can focus on getting work done.
RescueTime: If you’re like me, many times you don’t know how long it took you to write a content piece or schedule content on Twitter. RescueTime helps you tackle that! When installed on your computer, it tracks how much time you spend on a specific program or website. It’s a great way to pinpoint where you’re spending the most time and even shows you when you’re least productive.
Asana: If you need help keeping track of what your team-mates are working on and communicating with them, Asana could help. Similar to a to-do list, it helps you organize all your projects and assign tasks to your colleagues. It’s also an excellent way to get a glimpse of what others are doing.
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