Maintaining productivity is one of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs and small business owners face. There’s so much to do, so many roles to fulfill, that it becomes difficult to prioritise and process these tasks effectively.
Thankfully, technology now provides a plethora of solutions to these problems in the form of online apps, each developed to meet a specific need. There is almost certainly something out there for every business owner to help them achieve their productivity potential.
To help you on your way I’ve selected a few examples:
If you find that you’re constantly coming up with ideas as you search the web, but find that you’re either forgetting to take action or losing track of hastily scribbled notes then Evernote is essential.
Once you have signed up and downloaded the app to your device everything is kept in sync, no matter what device or computer you’re working on that day. You’ll be able to download clippings from the web, URLs, images, files and make notes. You can easily take a “photo” or screen-grab of what you’re looking at, record an audio and save it all. If you come across a particular page that you like, you can save the whole page, including HTML, images, links and text in what they call a “web clipper” extension.
If you’re looking for an app to help you with your productivity ToDoist may be the one. This app helps you to “achieve more every day in your work and your daily life” by managing your task list from anywhere. In fact, the app is optimised to work on 13 different platforms and devices.
You can access tasks from everywhere, collaborate with colleagues and outsourcers, break the project down to sub projects and develop multilevel lists to ease that complexity. You can categorise different tasks according to their priority by allocating different colours within the app.
Have you ever found that your “to-do list” and categorised tasks don’t seem to have a context? The Vitalist solution seeks to help you with that. Here you can group by projects, or related actions that have a common goal; group by context, according to location, methodology and actions; group by specific priorities, notes, due dates or attached files.
The mobile version allows you to be productive on the go and you can integrate with a variety of other services should you need to. For example, you can print out to-do lists, export them to an RSS reader or integrate them within an iCal calendar.
Do you find that you sometimes need access to your main computer back at HQ? Sometimes when you’re on the road you might need to gain access for business productivity reasons. LogMeIn is an app that enables you to connect from browsers on any remote device.
You can work with file transfers, file sharing or remote printing. Work on your main computer just as if you were sitting in front of it. Copy or move entire folders from device to device and best of all when you’ve set it up you’re able to do this with just one click!
These are just a few apps that can help to organise your time and increase productivity, are you using any of them? Leave a Comment!