Even though we love to hate technology sometimes, we can’t deny that it is a wonderful thing. We’re all guilty of spending a little too much time on Facebook or Twitter and our productivity can really suffer because of that. But when used correctly, technology can be a great thing for productivity. There are so many tools and apps right at our fingertips that can really change the way we work for the better. Here are 6 of them:
Everyone knows about Google Drive. It’s nothing new but it’s still one of the best tools you can use for work. Save all your documents and spreadsheets in your drive so that you can open it whenever and wherever you are. You can even download the app on your phone or tablet. Whenever you make any changes, it saves them automatically so no more lost work. You can also invite other members to collaborate, which makes working and communicating with others really easy.
Instead of wasting money on a landline, take your voice or video conferencing needs to Skype. It has everything you need to communicate with others, including video capability and instant messaging. The best thing about it is that it’s free.
Ever had a random thought or idea that you wanted to jot down? There’s an app for that! Evernote is essentially a big notebook where you can organize your ideas, attach an image, create a voice memo, or even doodle. Your desktop and mobile applications will sync so that you can access it on any device. I like to use Evernote as the repository for just about everything — a massive online filing cabinet. Fortunately, the search function is so well designed that I don’t even have to worry too much about labeling my folders to find exactly what I need every time.
If you’re a fan of a to-do list, you’ll probably like Trello. It’s kind of like a big bulletin board. You can set up different lists or notes. You can also attach images to keep things visual. One of the neat things about Trello is that you can add collaborators, write comments to each other, and assign tasks.
Basecamp is the ultimate collaboration and organizational tool. For a company like mine, which has team members around the country, it helps us all stay on the same page, share and collaborate on documents, set and monitor to-dos and manage projects. Best of all – it’s simple. Even on projects for which I have no team members collaborating, I use it to set my priority lists and even store documents.
Our phones can be really distracting. After all, phones are just phones anymore. You can do almost anything on them and the urge to check your emails or Facebook feed can be really overwhelming. If you find it hard to stop yourself from checking your phone constantly, you might need to use SelfControl. Just like it sounds, this app allows you to block certain sites for a period of time, up to 24 hours, so that the temptation to look at them isn’t there.
What is your favorite app to help you work?