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10 Tech Tools That Can Help Save Up Your Time

10 Tech Tools That Can Help Save Up Your Time

There are so many time-saving tools available, just navigating the market can be an overwhelming activity. So, to kickstart some time-saving habits and boost your productivity, here are 10 tools to make your life easier.

1. Buffer

Buffer is a superb social media time saver, allowing you to drip feed posts across your networks which are shared throughout the day. Buffer also provides some content suggestions for you daily, making sharing and re-airing a cinch.

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    2. IFTTT

    IFTTT makes the internet work harder for you, with room for thousands of “recipe” combinations between existing apps based on various triggers. Use it to archive all your tweets to Google Docs or Evernote, to perform smart file research, to automatically update social media and much, much more.

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      3. Fancy Hands

      Fancy Hands is an army of personal assistants at your fingertips. Brief in tasks via email, iPhone, your online dashboard or even via voicemail, and kick back knowing your helping hands will get to work in record time.

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        4. Fresh Desk

        Streamline customer support by using Fresh Desk. It makes dealing with support and product enquiries an affordable, easy-to implement-breeze. Save time, keep your customers happy and save money.

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          5. Otonomic

          Why build a website when it can be made for you in an incredible 6 seconds? Otonomic uses data from your Facebook page to create a website super fast, taking your feeds and images to build your very own site with your existing content.

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            6. Zapier

            Similar to IFTTT, Zapier has an even wider database of apps, and a fabulously wide scope to rig up activity between them.  It works with Mailchimp, Eventbrite, Asana, Slack and many other systems to allow smarter, more productive working based on actions. Use it to schedule social updates, save contacts from events or purchases to your mailing list, and to regain some of that precious admin time.

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              7. The Email Game

              Email is a classic time vacuum; The Email Game connects with Gmail to gamify the experience, saving time by bulk-processing emails and awarding points along the way. Respond to emails while the clock counts down, and share your scores via social media. The Email Game makes tackling your inbox fun, efficient and productive.

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                8. Unroll.me

                Unroll.me takes care of all the subscriptions cluttering your inbox and delivers them in one, easy to read and time saving digest. Roll up promotions, newswires, blog subscriptions and other emails you specify, and take care of that time consuming email clutter. Combine with Sane Later and The Email Game for a supercharged and slick inbox workflow.

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                  9. Sane Later

                  Regain the upper hand with your inbox and restore sanity with Sane Later. This clever inbox app retrains your emails; you can select to deal with non-urgent communications later, tomorrow or next week, or send them to the black hole. Sane Box analyzes your emails, and over time learns to recognize the most urgent and important from the less so, taking the headache and time vacuum away from the daily task of inbox wrangling. Lose the email time swamp and regain your day. It also links with Dropbox to automatically save image attachments to the cloud, saving your inbox space and smartly filing attachments for when you need them later. Clever stuff (and definitely a sanity saver).

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                    10. Droptask

                    Droptask makes task management easy and visual. Drag and drop tasks, group them into common areas, and assign deadlines and actions in a colourful, fluid app. View as lists, groups, projects, deadlines or activities, and assign tasks within the super easy-to-navigate editor; perfect for the creatively minded who need to brainstorm and work in a non-linear way before breaking down tasks.

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                      Featured photo credit: Ian Sane via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      How to Type Faster: 12 Typing Tips and Techniques

                      Typing is a lot of fun, especially if you’re the type of person who loves to write. Whenever an idea comes to your head or you just want to communicate something, the feeling of scribbling things down in a computer is awesome.

                      Do you know that being able to type faster makes you more productive? In fact, it’ll save you 21 days every year just by typing faster!

                      Many people look up to master typists and wish that to handle a keyboard like they do. The truth is that none of them started that way, and they had to learn.

                      In this piece, you’ll learn how to type faster with some useful tips and techniques:

                      1. Work on Your Workspace and Typing Area

                      A lot of people believe that fast and correct typing will start when you can master the keyboard. But the truth is, you will need to begin with getting a workspace that is clean, properly ventilated, and comfortable. Also, for optimal typing, you will need to get a table and not out your laptop or computer on your lap.

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                      If you will be working for an extended period, make sure that you’re comfortable.

                      2. Fix Your Posture

                      If you want to type well, the correct posture will be seated, straight backed, and with your feet planted a little apart, flat on the ground. You wrists should also be positioned in such a way that your fingers can cover the keyboard. Tilt your head a bit as you can look at the screen properly as well.

                      Adjust your office chair so you’ll be able to easily play with the seat and get a proper posture.

                      3. Hold Your Posture

                      It is also very important that you keep this position as you type. Ensure that your posture is good, and this way, you will be able to avoid getting aches on your wrists. These aches have a way of slowing you down and keeping you out of rhythm.

                      Keep your back and shoulders from hunching, and while relaxation should be your key goal as you work on, also be sure to stay upright.

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                      4. Familiarize Yourself with the Keyboard

                      The keyboard is your tool here, so you will need to get to know it. Fortunately for you, most keyboards that you see will make use of the same layout; the QWERTY layout. It is called that because of the letters that make the top left corner. You’ll also find that a lot of keyboards have keys around these main ones that do several tings.

                      Here’s a nice video to help you familiarize yourself with the keyboard:

                      So, work on memorizing the positions of the letter keys, as well as some of the most used punctuation marks. You will need to understand where they are without looking at the keyboard. This is the only way you can learn to type fast.

                      5. Close Your Eyes and Say the Keys out Loud as You Press Them

                      Another great way to get to know the positions of these letters is to look away from them and directly at the screen. Then, pronounce the keys as you press them and see if you’re correct. This step will go a long way in helping you to memorize the keys, and it can easily help you

                      6. Start Slowly with Touch-Typing

                      Improving your speed as you type is a matter of developing your skill over time. However, the quickest way to master typing will be touch typing. If this is your first time with touch typing, then you might spend a lot of time on this step. However, once you can type without looking at the keys, your speed will increase.

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                      Now, this typing method might feel a bit alien, but you’ll improve with time.

                      7. Stick with It and Don’t Look at Your Hands

                      The whole essence of this step is to keep you from looking at your keyboard as you type, so that your fingers are made to learn how the keys work.

                      Again, you might find that your speed reduces when you begin, but just stick to it. Touch typing will help you to reach higher speeds and master it.

                      8. Practice, Practice, Practice

                      Mastering the touch typing technique will prove to be a bit finicky, but once your posture is up and you get your fingers where they should be, you can only improve by practicing.

                      Spare some time on a daily basis to practice and master both accuracy and speed. With continuous practice, you will also notice that you make fewer errors with time.

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                      9. Check out Some Online Games

                      There are also some websites that can help you with your practicing. They score you and record your words per minute, so you can try improving your record and competing with others as well. Here’re some of the nice sites:

                      10. Dictation Practice

                      If you don’t know what you can type, another alternative to getting good practice is to listen to something and try to type as you hear the words. There is no limit to the kind of things you can type, and you can even make the practice process more fun. So, get an e-book, an online lecture, or listen to a talk show and type. You could watch a TV show as well.

                      11. Monitor Your Progress

                      Ensure that you keep track of the progress you make as you go on. But it is important that you don’t get obsessed with how many words you are able to type in a minute. Rather, ensure that you stay comfortable while you type. With time, your words per minute will increase, and you’ll be able to clock up some high numbers.

                      12. Get Some Formal Training If You Want

                      There are actually a lot of specially designed courses and programs that will boost your typing ability. If you’re willing to improve your skill, get any of these and see how well they work for you:

                      Don’t just finish reading this article and expect that you’ll type faster. You do need to work on your skills. It takes time to type fast but, practice makes perfect!

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