8 Productivity Tools That Will Transform Your LifePosted: August 8, 2019
If you had an extra hour in your day what would you do with it? What about two or three more hours, how would this time change your life for the better? Celebrated novelist Franz Kafka once described productivity as being able to do things that you were never able to do before. It’s true that embracing a lifelong learning mindset will profoundly impact your professional productivity, after all, many of our job-related tasks benefit from knowledge and skills that have taken years to learn. Unfortunately, with 84% of our time being spent on the daily grind – the difficult, routine and often monotonous tasks of everyday life – developing new routines and habits sounds like the last thing we should be trying to squeeze into our already crowded schedules.
Like many of us, I too used to believe this. Then I discovered the world of digital productivity tools and services. Mastering effective time management is a skill that can have a profound effect on how you tackle your daily duties. Good time management allows you to accomplish more in less time which will enable you to devote more time to what is important in your life: your family, your health, your personal growth, your career, the list is truly endless. Fortunately, there exists a plethora of tools to help you complete tasks more efficiently and in less time. Below you will find a list of 8 productivity tools and services that will transform you into a productive champion.
Evernote is a note-taking app that allows you to capture and prioritize ideas, projects and to-do lists. You can easily store and retrieve text documents, photos, videos, audio files and even web pages on Evernote’s cloud-based platform. With powerful tools to help you organize and keep track of your content, the app’s functions are not solely limited to personal endeavours. Evernote allows you to easily manage projects, take meeting notes, set reminders and edit documents on any device you use.
If your inbox is anything like mine, it’s overflowing with subscription emails. On average, we spend over two hours a day reading and responding to emails. How much time could you save if your most important emails were front and centre? Unroll.me is a free service that will instantly provide you with a list of all your subscription emails. You can unsubscribe from what you don’t want with one click or choose to combine your favourite subscriptions into one email.
3) IFTTT – If This, Then Than
With over 11 million users, IFTTT allows you to connect your apps, devices and online services together to automate tasks. For example, if you make a call on your Android phone, a log of that call is added to a Google spreadsheet or if you post a new video to Instagram, the video will also be shared on your Twitter account. With connectivity solutions for business and personal needs, IFTTT’s seemingly endless ways of connecting apps and devices together are perfect for automating those manual tasks that are tedious to complete.
Sharing a bill, splitting a cheque or transferring money to friends and family members no longer has to be a time-consuming affair. With SolidTrust Pay’s free Click2Pay service, a few clicks of your mouse and your recipient’s email address, you can send free professional invoices and payment reminders to anyone, anywhere in the world. Your recipient will receive a secure payment link and can pay you with a credit or debit card, a SolidTrust Pay transfer or their preferred cryptocurrency, even without a SolidTrust Pay account. Click2Pay is perfect for artisans and tradespeople, as well as professionals who require occasional payments.
Mint is a personal finance management application that syncs your bank accounts, credit cards and e-wallet accounts together to help you track your monthly spending and saving habits. Mint will track your bills, provide you with free credit score reports and help you create personalized budgets based on your unique spending habits. Mint is like having a personal financial advisor in your back pocket and the app provides personalized tips and advice for maximizing your money.
Remembering all your personal login passwords and usernames has become an impossible task. Every time you forget a password and need to reset it, you are wasting valuable time. KeePass is a free open source password manager that helps you securely manage your passwords. All of your passwords are stored in one database, which is protected with a single master key. Once you log in to KeyPass, you will have access to all your passwords and usernames organized by account.
7) Bill Pay, Your Way
Sending money to your family back home can be a challenge. If your loved one doesn’t have a bank account, the process is often slow and inconvenient, and sending regular money transfers can take a toll on your financial bottom line. Bill Pay, Your Way is SolidTrust Pay’s exclusive cross-border bill payment service. Available to all SolidTrust Pay members, Bill Pay, Your Way provides you with access to more than 600 billing companies in 18 countries with no transaction fees. Payments are easily made from your secure STPay e-wallet and are confirmed with the billing company within 48 hours.
8) Hemingway Editor
Writing remains a critical skill for success. Yet, many of us could benefit from a little help refining and enhancing our prose. Think of the Hemingway app as your personal electronic editor. The free app will highlight lengthy, complex sentences and common writing errors. It will also help you write in the active voice and suggest simpler alternatives to the often dense script that defines business and technical writing.
This list is a brief introduction to the world of high-ranking productivity tools and services. I hope it will inspire you to seek out new time-saving innovations. Which productivity and time management tools could you not live without? Share your favourites in the comments below.