A Guide to Some of the Top Productivity Tools In 2017
The saying goes that time is money and if you aren’t making money, you’re wasting your time. The concept of time being money revolves around aspects of productivity; however, in this high-paced 21st century, it is difficult to be productive without becoming overwhelmed. In previous years, a person had a specific set of tasks to complete and could complete them easily; but, people in the new millennium have dozens of items to handle each hour of the day irrespective of the time. The question remains: how do you handle all this and continue being productive?
Fortunately, along with the vast amounts of stress, the 21st century brought online technology to assist in overcoming the anxiety-provoking scenarios. Eliminating the need to read thousands of self-help books discussing effective time management, it is now possible to use productivity tools instead of wasting time with books. This article will discuss the some of our favorite productivity tools in 2017. Note they are not ranked in any particular order!
The Asana application presents itself as a team productivity tool ideal for the person trying to organize all aspects of their business and personal lives. It is similar to a handwritten ‘things to do list’, but easier to navigate and maintain; plus, you don’t have to mess about with different pieces of paper. Using the Asana app, you will be able to keep projects and tasks in order in one location. Furthermore, Asana presents a ‘team’ feature allowing you to assign users different jobs. For this service, Asana requires monthly payments differing according to the number of team members registered. The standard package is for five members and is $21/month.
Another app useful for individuals managing business and personal productivity is Freedcamp. Similar to Asana, Freedcamp acts as a central location for the creating of projects and drafting of strategies. One of the benefits of this app is the functionality feature which is free when fully subscribed to a standard or advanced package. Once again, the price will differ according to the number of team members registered. It should also be noted that registering team members with Freedcamp is far simpler than other applications as it allows synching of Google profiles.
One of the more well-known productivity tools for 2017 is Google Drive. Google introduced this feature as a means of sharing larger files between profiles using a cloud system. The Google Docs and Google Spreadsheet features allow a person to open the documents or spreadsheets in Google Drive; thus removing the need for downloading. In addition, this also allows a person to edit the sheets as required – a great step from editing and then having to re-upload. This is a free service and is available to all Google mail users.
One of the more versatile productivity tools in 2017 is Evernote. This app is useful in that it can save both text and audio documents or notes, upload attachments to the application, organize images, and set reminders if needed. Currently, unlike the aforementioned apps it is not possible to access a team feature; however, Evernote is able to clip web articles and store them for future use. It is also one of the more popular apps for mobile use due to its ability to sync across the different devices.
A well-known social media productivity app, HootSuite is exceptionally successful when managing numerous social media accounts simultaneously. Using this application, you will be able to monitor all activity across the networks on a single dashboard. The dashboard provides information on the number of comments, the posts, the likes, the views, and you can even schedule posts for future release. Teams will benefit from HootSuite as it is possible to delegate assignments to team members using this app. Ofcourse, HootSuite is not free to use but it is one of the most cost-effective options with the basic package being $9.99/month.
Another productivity tool linked to social media networking is Buffer. While Buffer also provides information regarding activity and account performance, the benefits lie in the scheduling of posts. By logging into Buffer you will be able to connect to all social media accounts and schedule specific content sharing times on each networking platform. This is useful to attract target audiences in different time zones. You can test buffer out for free.
Toggl is a very simplistic tool, but it can contribute greatly to a person’s productivity. This time tracking application allows a person to track the time spent to complete various tasks whether it is writing a report or researching articles. The simplicity makes it easy-to-use – click the button and the timer starts.
While the tracking aspects are simple, Toggl also stores reports and is beneficial when compiling billing invoices for projects. The reports can be accessed via the dashboard and can be downloaded if needed. This app is free to use as a basic package; however, there are upgrades available and with upgrades come more advanced features.
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