When you don’t have the right tools to do your work, you will get stressed out and frustrated. But you are not alone. A study points out that 56% of employees don’t get the right tools to perform their day-to-day activities.
For a long time, small business owners were not able to afford these tools. But cloud computing is bringing costs down where such tools are now easily affordable. Cloud-based tools offer per user monthly subscriptions and there is no licensing or installation cost involved. Providing your employees with the right set of tools is a great way to increase productivity. Fewer emails and lesser meetings are some of the signs that your employees are becoming more organized and productive at work.
Clariti is one of the best free online productivity tools that brings your emails, chats, call, to-dos, documents…in one app and automatically links related items in a “TopicFolder”. TopicFolders add topic-centric organization to your communications, so you are never lost or waste time searching for information. TopicFolders allow you to easily see the big picture and make informed decisions.
Especially when remote working and work-from-home is becoming the norm, you need a tool like Time Doctor to keep track of your entire team. It creates a summary of the time spent on each project, client, and task. You can monitor how much time your employees are spending on computer, social media and idle time. Time Doctor can sync with leading project management and accounting tools and it is compatible with all devices and supports Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, and Chrome operating systems.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. If you are the kind of person who likes to listen to music while working, you are not alone. Brain.fm is a productivity application that uses music to stimulate the brain and helps to boost focus. While most music will try to grab your attention, Brain.fm ensures attention-grabbing elements are subdued or removed. All you need is just 15 minutes to see noticeable results. So, if you want to focus, relax or meditate, just subscribe to Brain.fm.
If you have the habit of scribbling when you are talking to a colleague or attending a meeting. Don’t worry, Nebo automatically formats your handwritten notes to text. You can write anywhere, draw anything, then copy-paste content between pages and into other apps. You can add interactive diagrams, editable equations, freeform sketches and annotate pictures. You an even import a PDF then annotate freely with your pen and then export to PDF with all annotations in place. You an export in multiple formats. Publish on the web. Easily copy/paste to any other app.
If you are prone to distractions while at work, don’t worry. Help is at hand. StayFocusd is a free Chrome extension that keeps track of all the sites that you are browsing and it blocks the sites that consume most of your time. So be it videos, games or websites, it blocks all the distractions and helps you focus on your core work.
If you are multi-tasker and have the habit of toggling between multiple windows to get things done. Thank heavens, HazeOver removes all the distractions by automatically highlighting the window that you are currently working on and it fades out other windows (from soft dimming to intense black) until you finish the most important task at hand. This app is for Mac users only. For Android and Windows users, if you come across any equivalent software please let us know in the comment box below.
If you are an avid browser, Panda is the go-to app to keep yourself updated on all the latest news and industry insights all in one place. Panda allows you to browse over 100 inspiring websites at one-go.
Plan is your perfect workplace companion. It is one of the best calendars and task management app for your desktop. With Plan, organizing all your tasks and events will become a breeze and you will no longer forget important meetings or leave any task unfinished.
It is one of the best time-management software out there. If you are regularly missing your deadlines, then it’s time to analyze what is eating up your time and how much time you spend on each activity. Harvest will put all your day-to-day activities in perspective and help you to strategize your time better to make the most of your workday. Harvest syncs with other productivity tools like Asana.
Email is an important form of business communication and you cannot do away with it. If it is Monday morning and if you are worried that your inbox might be flooded. Be rest assured. Help is at hand. Spark is an award-winning app that understands which of your emails are the most important and pops them on the top of the list. Spark can help you save tons of time by organizing your inbox. It’s available for free on Mac and iOS.
Choosing some of the personal productivity tools listed above will add more productive hours to your busy workday.