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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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                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                      In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                      Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                      In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                      Minimizing Tabs

                      Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                      Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                      Incognito Mode

                      Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                      1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                      2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                      3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                      This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                      Save Webpages as PDF Files

                      Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                      Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                      Open Recently-closed Tabs

                      Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                      One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                      The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                      Solve Mathematical Problems

                      Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                      For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                      Play Media Files

                      Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                      In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                      Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                      With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                      Stay Focus(e)d

                      Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                      Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                      With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                      This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                      Grammarly for Editing

                      Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                      You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                      Loom

                      There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                      There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                      With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                      Chrome Calendar Extension

                      No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                      Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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