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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 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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