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The Best Tools To Improve Productivity

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The Best Tools To Improve Productivity

There are lots of tools available out there in order to help us improve our productivity. There are tools to help us with product management, social media management, and so much more.

Productivity is extremely important, especially in business. Good productivity involves the process of delivering more services and products to customers which results in more profit.

Productivity Platforms

These platforms will help you stay focused and avoid distractions, whilst some platforms will block or prevent you from accessing certain websites, platforms, or programs. There are other platforms available which monitor your usage and identify where you are losing productivity.

Escape 2, Harvest, RescueTime are examples of platforms which will monitor your usage and give you reports regarding that usage. This will allow you to identify areas where you are losing productivity. Whilst Escape 2 and Harvest will give you detailed analytics, RescueTime will take these analytics and give you a daily Productivity score based on your activities.

Freedom, HazeOver, Momentum, StayFocused are examples of platforms which attempt to block or prevent areas which you have identified as distracting. Freedom and StayFocused block certain websites which you have identified as distracting, however stay focused only works for Mac. HazeOver, also only available for Mac, highlights the current window you are working on and causes other windows to fade into the background. Momentum is a browser extension creates a pop up every time you attempt to switch windows.

There are other platforms which have come up with inventive ways to keep you on track.

Noizio is a useful platform which creates relaxing ambient music for you to work with, which is especially useful if you are working somewhere with lots of distraction sounds like a coffee shop.

Time takes the tasks that you need to do, how much time it will take you, and then turns completing them into a game, a green background means you have plenty of time, a yellow background means times almost up, and a red background means times up. If you haven’t finished the task by the deadline the platform then goes into overtime mode which records how much extra time you have taken.

Financial Management

There are a number of different financial management platforms available out there, Quickbooks is just one example of the numerous accounting platforms out there which offer users a way to track their cash flow, however, if you are not financially savvy then an alternative to Quickbooks is Mint as it comes with a very simple user-friendly interface.

There are also numerous ways in which you can easily allow your customers to pay for your products or services online, just one of these platforms is Hiveage which allows you to generate and send invoices out to your customers and they can then pay you using popular platforms such as PayPal.

Calendar Management

There are lots of different Calendar Management platforms available that allow you to set tasks, arrange events, and organise your schedule. Calendar 5 and Fantastical 2 are available on iOS with Fantastical 5 having the advantage of syncing with Google Calendar and Maps, however, Plan can be used on your computer and synced with your Google and/ or Microsoft account.

Project Management

Project Management platforms are extremely useful tools which incorporate a lot of different features including task tracking and assigning, messaging systems, calendar management, and cloud storage. Popular Project Management platforms include Asana, Trello, Freedcamp, Basecamp, and Quip.

Social Media Management

Social Media Management platforms can help you by allowing you to manage your social media accounts all in one place. The most popular feature of these platforms is the automated posting, you can schedule all your social media posts across all your accounts meaning that you can prepare a lot of posts in bulk and then schedule them using the platform to post at a future date. Two popular social media platforms are Buffer and Hootsuite.

…and many more

There are thousands of tools out there to help you become more productive, these are just a few platforms. There is something out there to help with almost anything. You can find something to help you with note taking, voice recording, and inbox management.

The possibilities are endless.

What are your favourite productivity tools?

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