The dictionary definition of that word means “the effectiveness of productive effort, especially in industry, as measured in terms of the rate of output per unit of input.”
In other words, how much work are you getting done and how long is it taking.
So, how will you get the most effectiveness out of your productive efforts this year? It all starts with staying ahead of the game.
Let us highlight five tools to add to your toolbox to help slay your productivity goals for 2019 so you can get things done efficiently and still have time for yourself.
It may not be free but it’s a game changer when it comes to managing your businesses’ social media accounts. Managing social media is a time stealer but a necessary one, which is where this wonderful app comes in. Hootsuite is a social media management app that allows users to update multiple social media accounts without signing into each one. In fact, you can pretty much control everything – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn – all from this pretty easy-to-use app. The best part of this program is the scheduling feature, so you can just set your scheduled posts and let the program do the work. Plans start at $29 a month but there is a 30-day free trial to see if this is the right program for you.
This time management program tracks your daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to do lists all in one place. Taskful has the ability to divide up your tasks to only show you what you need to do each day to meet your deadlines and also gives you reminders and colour categorizes your tasks. This program is great for people who don’t want to forget anything they need to do in a day and also keeps you motivated to drink more water and exercise more if you program it to remind you. Taskful is free on both Apple and Google.
A personal favourite, Evernote is basically a digital notebook that multiple people can access if needed. It serves as not only a note maker type product, but it also tracks your time and allows you to collect anything and everything you find online, which is great for research projects. This program auto syncs all of your devices to ensure you don’t lose any important work. Evernote allows you to work on multiple projects at once in different notebooks and is a great way to collaborate on projects with other people. The best part is, it’s free!
Trello is the ultimate app for managing multiple projects and provides a highly visual way to track your progress and accomplishments. From breaking down large projects into smaller steps and tracking different tasks and who is accomplishing them, this program can do it all. Trello is great for people who like the feeling of accomplishing items off their “to do” lists and provides a great way to visualize your progress. The best part is, it’s free, though premium plans are also offered at a cost.
Otter Voice Notes
Otter is a smart note-taking and collaboration app that business people, students and journalists can use to get more value from meetings, calls, video conferences, interviews, lectures and other important conversations and information. But this is the best part; it not only records conversations but it transcribes them, too! This is a game changer for people who don’t like to transcribe large files or needs it done fast. While there are premium options, Otter transcribes up to 600 hours of work for free each month and offers unlimited storage of the uploads and syncs across all devices. Sounds great to us!
Whether you’re just trying to save time this year or work smarter instead of harder, there are hundreds and thousands of apps and programs out there to save you time and money, so it’s time to utilize them.