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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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                          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                          Joe’s Goals

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                            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                            Daytum

                              Daytum

                              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                              Excel or Numbers

                                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                Evernote

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                                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                  Access or Bento

                                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                    Conclusion

                                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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