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6 Productivity Tools for Entrepreneurial Success

6 Productivity Tools for Entrepreneurial Success

Productivity is essential to the success of any entrepreneur. Attaining results in every activity you undertake is pivotal in reaching your goals. Yes, there are a lot of distractions and clutter that can affect how much we can get done at once, but today there are so many tools out there that can save you time and effort while you focus on what’s important — attaining results. Of course you will need the best email marketing software as you apply these six productivity tools for entrepreneurial success.

SaneBox

SaneBox helps you better manage your email inbox. There are newsletters and social media notifications that simply eat away at your time while sorting through emails. Deleting social media notifications and newsletters is not the best way to make the most of your time.

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This is what SaneBox does for you. It helps clean your inbox by creating a filter to move out non-essential emails to a separate folder. If you think getting started with this tool may take a lot of effort, note that SaneBox learns your preferences over time and works within your existing email.

Google Docs

As entrepreneurs, we all have a Gmail address. However this tool is not utilized fully or the power of Google Docs has not been fully understood or tapped into by the modern-day entrepreneur.

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Google can help you accomplish the task of instantly creating shareable documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. You can also track any changes or updates made by team members.

FreshBooks

I use Freshbooks to send invoices and handle the accounting of my business. Many people may not consider this kind of tool as important, but it does save you time and money. According to Freshbooks, they save clients at least two days of handling their accounting tasks.

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With Freshbooks, you can log receipts and invoice clients. You can also create attractive invoices and track the time that an invoice is paid. Freshbooks simply makes it easier for you to track your expenses and revenue for your business.

Asana

When you have deadlines and you have a project to manage, it can be overwhelming. Asana is a cloud-based project management tool that allows teams to communicate without email in one vital location.

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In this digital age, many entrepreneurs have a virtual workforce and they need to stay in touch with their teams. Asana makes sure you don’t feel burdened or burnt out while you are working on a project. You can assign tasks to your team or to yourself and you don’t have to bother about remembering every obligation concerning your projects.

MailChimp

Yes, you want to market your products to clients via email. But this can be tedious when you have to occasionally send out newsletters. Your focus should be on effectively marketing to those who will respond to you. MailChimp offers you a tool packed with all the functionality needed to have an effective email marketing strategy. MailChimp should be an essential tool for the entrepreneur because of its features, from elegant templates, to marketing automation capacity, and an advanced list of segmentation features.

Dash

With Dash, you can be at ease as an entrepreneur. Imagine being in a busy restaurant and paying your bill through this app. You save yourself time and energy in busy situations as Dash is a tool that makes your social experience smoother. Now, when you are out networking or meeting with clients, you can rest assured that you will easily impress them. For example, you can pay your bill in advance when you are meeting with a client and save yourself that awkward “who pays?” moment.

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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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