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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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                      Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                      Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                      Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                      Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                      In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                      1. ScheduleOnce

                        ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                        ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                        ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                        Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                        Available on Web

                        2. Calendly

                          Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                          You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                          Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                          3. Assistant.to

                            For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                            From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                            While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                            Available on Web

                            4. Acuityscheduling

                              Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                              It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                              Available on Web | iOS | Android

                              5. Pick

                                Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                Available on Web

                                6. X.ai

                                  For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                  This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                  Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                  Available on Web

                                  7. YouCanBook.me

                                    is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                    They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                    Available on Web

                                    8. Doodle

                                      Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                      It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                      You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                      While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                      Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                      9. WhenAvailable

                                        WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                        Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                        Available on Web

                                        10. Rally

                                          Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                          Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                          Available on Web

                                          11. NeedtoMeet

                                            Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                            NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                            While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                            Available on Web

                                            Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                            In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                            To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                            Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                            A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                            Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                            If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                            Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                            With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                            The Bottom Line

                                            Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                            Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                            Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                                            Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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