More than just a popular buzzword, it’s at the heart of every effective business and it’s the lifeline of every successful individual.
Want to get more done, faster? Productivity can help you out.
Want to make more money? Productivity just might be the key to your success in that area.
Want to create a more efficient workflow and stay organized while doing it? Productivity comes to the rescue yet again.
Thankfully, there are countless tools and products available that work hard at amping up your productivity so you have more time to focus on what really matters. Since up to 40% of productivity decreases whenever you multitask, anything that can help you focus your efforts to achieve more in less time is well worth any learning curve associated with on boarding a new tool or system into your workflow. Below is a list of 15 top tools for productive workflow; some free and some paid resources. You never know – you might find the key to your productivity problems waiting just a click away!
- The Power of Habit – Just an all-around killer book! if you are looking to jumpstart a new habit or re-wire some existing ones, this is the book you need. If you are a business owner or manager, consider having your entire team read it, and then implement some of the key principles for increased productivity form top to bottom.
- Evernote – If you want an all-in-one solution for remote teams or your in-office staff, this note-taking/information-storing cloud-based tool is pretty awesome!
- Trello – Like Evernote, Trello is a great way to keep track of your to-do lists; you can even color code items and drag and drop to new lists as needed.
- Lucid Meetings – From scheduling meetings to carrying them out without a hitch, this is the perfect tool to help you connect with people no matter where they are located.
- Unroll.me – Nobody likes wasting time, and what bigger time suck is there than a constant barrage of emails? Unroll.Me changes all of that by letting you unsubscribe from junk mail with a simple click and also by filtering all non-essential emails into one comprehensive daily digest.
- Skype – Effortlessly call people around the world or instant message your remote team for free when you use Skype. As an added bonus, you can opt for regular or video calls.
- Sqwiggle – With instant one-on-one calling features and the ability to integrate with other tools and applications (such as Github), this is one tool that will shave way more than just minutes off of your workweek.
- The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy is one of the premier productivity gurus of our day, so no list on productivity tools would be complete without at least one inclusion of something he has had a hand in developing. This book is the key to unlocking ongoing, compounded success and to making the most of every moment of your day.
- Google Calendar – This cloud-based calendar is a fantastic resource because you can access it anywhere, and countless applications integrate with it seamlessly to save you scheduling time each and every day.
- Harvest – If you are a freelancer or a small business owner, Harvest is a fantastic way to track time and get paid – all with just a few simple keystrokes. No more handwritten time cards or invoices – Harvest tracks everything via one simple-to-navigate user interface.
- Hackpad – Recently acquired by Dropbox, Hackpad is your source for everything related to task management and group collaboration. Whether it is just you taking notes or something that needs to be shared with a team of 80 people, Hackpad makes it all effortlessly possible.
- Acunote – More than just a basic project management tool, Acunote offers analytics as well as total progress management at the blink of an eye. It makes managing any project simple and quick – no more wasted time on inter-office memos and updates!
- Dropbox – File management can spell loads of wasted time, even for solopreneurs. Dropbox makes it easy to organize files and to share them when needed.
- Elance.com – Looking to outsource work or build a remote team? Elance puts you in touch with literally thousands of freelancers and established companies, making it a breeze to get work done.
- Fiverr.com – If you have a small task that needs done, look no further than Fiverr. Simple, affordable, and quite possibly one of the best options out there for offloading tasks that are not high on your personal priority list but that still need accomplished with excellence.
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