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Top 11 Products That Will Help You Get More Done in Less Time

Top 11 Products That Will Help You Get More Done in Less Time

With time being so precious, the right product can change your life. Having access to tools or websites that help you save time, automate your life, and free you to focus on the things that truly matter: your personal time, family, and friends.

Every few years there are new products that launch, that can save us a significant amount of stress, hassle, and time, while increasing the level of happiness and freedom we get.

We’ve compiled the top 11 products that will help you get more done in less time.

1. Pocket

Love reading articles but hate having too many tabs open? Try Pocket. This simple extension allows you to save articles you find online, and read it on any of your devices when you’re free. It’s also a great tool to use if you enjoy re-reading great articles to refresh your memory from time to time.

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    2. Boomerang

    We can all relate to the burdens of answering emails back and forth. Whether it’s late at night and you want to send an email later in the morning, or want to follow-up with someone at a later date, Boomerang is a great tool that syncs to your Gmail.

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    You can choose to send your emails at a very specific time, like 6:23PM or simply decide to send it at a later date, if timing is not of importance.

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      3. One Big Thing

      Forget to-do lists, what’s your one big thing? According to Gary Keller, the author of The ONE Thing, you have to find that one task or activity, such that if completed, everything else will become easier or unnecessary.

      To maximize your productivity and get more done, we have to pick our one thing that will have the biggest impact for our end goal, rather than completing numerous minor tasks. This app will help you prioritze your one thing on a daily basis, while allowing you to put down secondary tasks that you can complete, only once you’ve completed your one thing.

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        4. Pomodoro

        The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The principle behind it is that rather than working for long periods of time, we should work with intense focus in short bursts of 25 minutes.

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        The goal is to have at least 10 pomodoros in one day to get all the tasks that we want to get done. This allows us to get more done in a shorter amount of time, as 10 pomodoros equal to roughly four hours.

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           5. Google Calendar

          Sometimes, a good old calendar can solve many of our issues.

          According to a researcher, Kevin Kruse, there are a few key weaknesses of a to-do list:

          Doesn’t account for time. When we have a long list of tasks, we tend to tackle those that can be completed quickly in a few minutes, leaving the longer items left undone. Research from the company iDoneThis indicates that 41% of all to-do list items are never completed!

          Doesn’t distinguish between urgent and important. Once again, our impulse is to fight the urgent and ignore the important. (Are you overdue for your next colonoscopy or mammogram?)

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          Contribute to stress. In what’s known in psychology as the Zeigarnik effect, unfinished tasks contribute to intrusive, uncontrolled thoughts. It’s no wonder we feel so overwhelmed in the day, but fight insomnia at night.

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            You can integrate your Google, Outlook or iCalendar to your mobile phone, allowing you to update and check it wherever you go.

            6. Rype

            Ever felt like you were too busy to learn a new language? Rype may be your solution. Rype offers private Spanish coaching for busy professionals. You’ll get unlimited one-on-one Spanish lessons online at anytime of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit learning a language into your lifestyle.

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              You can also enjoy your lessons on-the-go, so you can have your Spanish lessons as you’re taking a break from work, enjoying a nice walk by the park, or even while you’re driving. Time will no longer be an excuse for not learning a language. You can get started for free by taking advantage of their free trial offer.

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                7. Buffer

                Buffer makes social media scheduling easy. Instead of having to fill out and post your social media updates everytime, you can update it in one location using Buffer, and schedule it to post at a later date.

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                  8. Flipboard

                  Flipboard brings the best articles online for you in one location, and allow you to filter through different categories, like Business, News, Sports, Tech & Science, and more.

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                  It’s a great way to see what’s happening around the world or in your industry in a matter of minutes, instead of browsing through the web to find the content yourself.

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                     9. LastPass

                    Do you forget your password often? LastPass allows you to record the passwords you use online, and automatically triggers it for you the next time you try to log-in. You can also access their dashboard, allowing you to find all of your passwords in one place, in case you need to retrieve it again. Simple!

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                      10. Papier

                      Ever get random thoughts or brilliant ideas that you want to put down on paper? Papier solves this problem, but allowing you to do it on your own computer. All you have to do is open up a new tab, and you can start taking notes immediately.

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                        11. IFTTT

                        IFTTT, which stands for “If this then that”, allows you to automate your online life, period. You can use it to create “recipes” such as “if you post on Instagram, save it on Dropbox” or “when it’s 7AM, open up the weather network application.”

                        You can use your own creativity to design automations that will make your life easier, or you can check out their popular recipes that other people have been using to get more done in less time.

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                          Hope you enjoyed this list of tools. Which one is your favorite?

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                          Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                          Last Updated on May 18, 2020

                          25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                          25 Essential Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know Now

                          If you are using Windows regularly, using these Windows keyboard shortcuts will definitely increase your productivity. Compiled below is an exclusive list of shortcuts that will help you breeze through your daily work.

                          You might know some of them, but there are certainly some hidden gems that you wouldn’t have heard of before. Once you start using them, you will notice how easy navigating and operating on Windows has become.

                          Basic Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

                          These are the most basic shortcuts and ones you’ll likely have heard of. They are key in moving through your work quickly and easily.

                          1. Ctrl+Z : Undo

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                            Irrespective of what you are doing, or where you are doing it, Ctrl + Z is a lifesaver. One possibly can’t survive without this function.

                            Whatever program you’re running, this function helps you get back to your last input. So don’t worry about all the mistakes as this particular shortcut will save you every time.

                            2. Ctrl + A : Select All

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                              Again, irrespective of which program you are running, this shortcut key selects all of the text, files, folders, or elements in any given program or page.

                              Instead of spending your time dragging your mouse all over the page, use this to grab everything in one go.

                              3. Ctrl + C : Copy

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                                You’ve selected what you wanted to. Now you’d like to copy it.

                                This is probably one of the top shortcut keys people use when working on their Windows system. Easily copy whatever you like, and it stays with you until you are ready to paste it.

                                4. Ctrl + V : Paste

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                                  Easily paste all that you have copied. It could be a text, file, image, or folder. In any case, this is a very useful feature to bring everything together.

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                                  If you would like to paste plain, simple text without original formatting, just add Shift to it, i.e. Ctrl + Shift + V.

                                  5. Ctrl + X : Cut

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                                    Don’t want a piece of text/table/image/file in a particular place?

                                    Simply select it and use the shortcut Ctrl + X. The piece gets removed and copied. Then, use the paste shortcut to paste it anywhere you like.

                                    6. Alt + Tab : Switch Screen/Tabs

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                                      This one has been around for a while and has been enhanced with upgrades in the Windows OS. Simply press Alt and then the Tab key, and you will switch to the next tab/screen.

                                      Holding down the Alt button and tapping on Tab let’s you move and choose between multiple screens. Talk about multi-tasking!

                                      7. Ctrl + Alt + Del : Start Task Manager

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                                        What happens when an application starts to lag or stops responding, or your windows OS stands still and you can’t move a thing? You summon Ctrl + Alt + Del! When you press them together, a magical box called the task manager opens up.

                                        You can then check out which programs/apps were making your PC slow and shut them down from the task manager itself, bringing your PC back to life.

                                        8. Alt + F4 : Close App

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                                          This shortcut has been around for decades now! Simply press Alt plus the function F4 key and the application you’re using will close.

                                          However, it is smart enough to ask you to save your work before it shuts down. It also works almost on anything right from your browser to games and custom applications.

                                          9. Ctrl + F : Find

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                                            You know you just wrote that sentence, and now you can’t find it! Or you really need to find a particular keyword in a document or a browser? Ctrl + F is the handy shortcut that will open a quick bar where you can type in the keyword, and it will show you all the results in the document matching your request.

                                            10. Ctrl +H : Find and Replace

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                                              You just finished your essay, and you realize you’ve been spelling the name of that scientist wrong the whole time! Now you not only need to find the keyword but replace all uses of it with something else. Not a problem at all. The Ctrl + H shortcut comes in handy here.

                                              Just hit the keys and a box will open. You can simply type in the word that you need to find and replace. This works for most document types.

                                              11. Ctrl + E : Select the Search Box

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                                                Whether you are in your file explorer or browser, pressing Ctrl+E will select your search/navigation bar, and you can directly start typing into it. This will make your life easier when you need quick search.

                                                12. Ctrl + N : Open a New Window

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                                                  Pressing Ctrl+N together will open up a new file or a window depending on if you are working in your browser or offline. This Windows keyboard shortcut works well with most offline applications and online browsers made for Windows.

                                                  13. Ctrl + Mouse Scroll Wheel : Zoom In/Out

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                                                    Text too small? Want to see the details more clearly? Viewing an infographic that requires zooming in? This shortcut provides exactly that.

                                                    If you are in a document, this command will make your files and folders appear larger, and if you are on your browser, it will simply zoom in on the page. Talk about attention to detail!

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                                                    14. Win + L: Lock Screen

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                                                      Stepping away, but don’t want to shut down or put your system to sleep? Win + L is a great shortcut. It helps you lock down your screen, and unless you re-enter your password nobody can open it (assuming you have a password set for your system).

                                                      15. Win + D : Show Desktop

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                                                        This is actually a quick minimize option. No matter how many tabs/windows are open, this shortcut quickly minimizes all of them and shows you the desktop, allowing you to access files or an application in a couple of clicks.

                                                        16. Win + Tab (+ Shift) : Toggle Task View

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                                                          This shortcut is very similar to what Alt + Tab does, but it is a more advanced level Windows app navigator. When you press it, you will see tiles of all the open programs and most used programs.

                                                          You can scroll or jump between them by additionally pressing the shift key with the Win + Tab command.

                                                          17. Win + C : Opens Cortana

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                                                            Are you a fan of voice control or like using Cortana to get things done quickly? You can summon her by using the Win + C shortcut. She’ll then be available to grant your every request.

                                                            18. Win + Prt Sc : Save Screenshot

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                                                              While Prt Sc allows you to take a screenshot, pressing the Windows button at the same time allows you to automatically save the screenshot. There is a folder named “screenshot” in your pictures destination, where PNG files of the screenshot will get saved. No need to add another screenshot tool!

                                                              19. Win + I : Open Settings

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                                                                Need to quickly open the settings tab? Now, you don’t need to browse through 3-4 destinations to reach the settings tab. Just hit Win + I to open up the settings menu for Windows.

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                                                                20. Win + S : Search for Windows

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                                                                  You will always have that file or application that you can’t find on your PC. For this, Windows introduced the search bar.

                                                                  You can easily open it by pressing Win + S and typing in the file name you want to look up. Additionally, since Cortana is integrated with the search function, you can use it to ask additional questions as well.

                                                                  21. Fn + F2 : Rename

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                                                                    Depending on the hardware manufacturer, F2 keys perform various tasks, like volume up/down or turn Wifi off/on. However, using the Fn + F2, you can quickly use the Rename file option when a file/folder is selected. Say goodbye to the right click.

                                                                    22. Fn + F5 : Refresh

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                                                                      Your PC stuck is stuck and the processor can’t keep up. Refresh is a good method to get things moving. Pressing Fn + F5 can refresh Windows, or if you are working on your browser, it can refresh that, too.

                                                                      23. Win + X : Hidden Menu

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                                                                        Did you know that windows had a hidden menu? Press Win + X and see it pop-up. It will give you access to all the essential areas of the system.

                                                                        24. Win + V : Navigate Through Notifications

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                                                                          If you have configured notifications and alerts on your systems, this shortcut will help you easily toggle through all of them. It’s extremely useful for people who are especially popular or busy.

                                                                          25. Win + Ctrl + B : Open App That Displayed a Notification

                                                                            You’re working, and a notification pops up that needs your attention. Use Win + Ctrl + B, and the explorer will switch to the application that sent you the notification. Swift.

                                                                            The Bottom Line

                                                                            You might be excited to start using all of these Windows keyboard shortcuts right away. While I advise you to try them all out, it entirely depends on how you engage with your system and what work you do. Any number of them can be generally useful. Start experimenting today.

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