An article on 21 software tools, aimed at productivity and time management. The tools are divided into different categories.
Here we have a run through the categories and tools mentioned:
All in one organization (Asana, Freedcamp)
- Asana is marketed as a team productivity tool. It is free at the beginning, then costs $21 per month for 5 team members. The cost increases as you add more members.
- Freedcamp is a central spot for project planning and organization.Full of basic functionality for free, adding team members, sync with Google Calendar, CRM, invoicing and many other per pay add-ons.
Google fans (GD, Google analytics & Webmaster)
- Google Drive is the most popular cloud service for share and edit different files. Team members can chat and share notes from a document. It is free and the cost comes if you need more drive space.
- Google Analytics and Webmaster tools. These online marketing tools provide you with data about website performance, conversions, referrals, traffic. It is a must that will help you maintain and monitor a website.
Social media (Buffer, HootSuite, IFTTT)
- HootSuite is an app helping to manage different social media accounts. There is one easy to use dashboard where you can delegate assignments to team members, organize lists and followers, schedule posts, measure performance.
- Buffer is intended to easily share web articles through social media. One place account where you can connect social media accounts and do scheduling of content sharing.
- IFTTT. The abbreviation means ‘ If This Then That’. It creates app integration without programming experience. The user defines procedural logic so that different application and service can connect and work together.
Time Tracking (Toggl, Rescue Time)
- Toggl is a time tracker tool. One of the easiest one button application to log time. The app allows you look at reports and analyze how much time you spend on different projects.
- Rescue Time. Kind of similar to Toggle, but offers more advanced feature. Installed on a desktop it will track which programs and websites you spend the most time on. It could also report the most productive hours of the day and days of the week.
- Clockspot: Another web-based time clock that lets employees track their time. Main features are:
- Clock in from any approved device (Computer, Mobile, even Telephone)
- Review and approve timesheets online
- Manage Overtime, Job costing and paid time off
- Run payroll reports
Copywriting (ODesk, Hemingway)
- Odesk/ ELance – These are sites where you can find freelancers to do a job. Free to sign up, they charge you 10% of each project payment. You can assess freelancer’s skills by going into their profile and check feedback.
- Hemingwayapp is a little tool which checks grammar and highlights problematic passages of text. It works interactively as you type.
Account Management (LastPass)
- A common problem for all contemporary people is remembering and entering passwords for various accounts. LastPass is a central storage where you add passwords to a vault. It could be used across several devices. Nice option is that the app audits your passwords, helping to create better and more secure ones.
Media, PR (Google Alerts)
- Google Alerts – getting instant notification and track anything mentioned on the web. All set according to your criteria.
Email management (SaneBox, Unroll.Me)
- SaneBox is a tool that analyzes your email activity and decides which emails matter to you and which are not that important. Marking a message ‘unimportant’ might mess in your way, but the application worths trying.
- Unroll.Me strives to pack all these newsteller and subscription messages in a ceporate list, with an option ot unsubscribe automatically.
Visual oriented (Trello)
- Trello is a simple way to stay organised. Designed like pinterest, it represents almost a physical dashboard with notes. It looks of course much nicer. A photo centric tool for visual organizers.