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13 Highly Useful Free Programs and Websites That Any LifeHacker Must Try

13 Highly Useful Free Programs and Websites That Any LifeHacker Must Try

There’s plenty of useful free computer programs and websites that a lot of people don’t know about. Hopefully, after reading this post, your time spent in front of the computer will become a bit more healthy, productive, and easily managed.

1. VidtoMP3

VidtoMP3 helps you convert YouTube videos into mp3s for you to play on your computer. All you need to do is to insert the youtube link into the text box, wait for it to convert, and you’re set to download the audio.

Easy as pie.

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    2. f.lux

    You know how you’re not supposed to sit in front of LED screens and expose yourself to blue light at night if you want to sleep well?

    f.lux can help with that. It automatically detects when night time approaches and changes the intensity as well as the color of the light emanating from your computer screen.

    I’ve been using f.lux for over a year and I really recommend it.

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      3. RescueTime

      RescueTime sends you weekly reports on how you’ve spent your time by the computer. It’s great for people such as myself who enjoy tracking results.

      You can personally adjust what kind of activities you want RescueTime to consider productive or distractive. With the help of RescueTime I’ve become at least 10% more productive sitting by the computer over the past year.

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        4. Boomerang

        Want to appear hard-to-get by waiting to reply to someone, but afraid you’ll forget to reply if you wait too long?

        Just click the Boomerang box and set the date and it’ll be scheduled automatically.

        If you use Gmail, you can install the application version of Boomerang, which helps you schedule emails and personal reminders. It’s great for following up on your interactions when you want to network with people, or if your memory fails you.

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          5. WiseStamp

          WiseStamp is an easy way to make sure your emails look professional and get read more often.

          WiseStamp allows you craft your own email signature with a number of variations. You can decide whether you want this signature to be displayed automatically, or if you want to activate it manually for each email.

           

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            6. Microsoft OneNote

            (note, this is only free if you have Microsoft Office. Otherwise OneNote offers a 1 month trial, followed by a monthly fee.)

            Microsoft OneNote allows you to capture all kinds of information: text, graphs, pictures, anything copy-pasted, and so on. You can make specific tabs and notebooks where you can store all the information in your life in neat little categories that are easy to manage.

            OneNote is hands down my favorite software. I use it to keep my commonplace book. That’s where I store all information I come across. Keeping a commonplace book is a great way of learning things faster and becoming more creative.

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            OneNote can be used only on some smartphones to synchronize with computer.

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              7. EverNote

              EverNote is another notetaking program. It is available to all computers and smartphones. EverNote, unlike OneNote, is completely free to everyone. Just download it.

              I personally prefer OneNote because I think it looks a lot more beautiful, is quicker and easier to navigate.

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                8. Firebug

                Firebug is the best friend of any aspiring web designer. The program lets you see how a website is designed by allowing you to instantly see its CSS and HTML code in a small window.

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                  Here’s what it looks like when you’re using it on LifeHack.

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                    In this example I’ve highlighted the headline, allowing me to see what kind of font is being used, and other details of the LifeHack website.

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                    Without Firebug I’d never have been able to style my blog.

                    9. Alexa Toolbar

                    Alexa is the best available free program for seeing how popular a website is. The toolbar allows you to see the worldwide as well as countrywide ranking of the website you’re visiting.

                    As of writing this post, LifeHack is ranked as 3260 worldwide and 1436 Inside the U.S.

                    That’s a very good ranking

                    While Alexa isn’t 100 % accurate, it’s still pretty trustworthy and a great aid for anyone wanting to get an indicator of a site’s popularity.

                    For example, as a blogger you wouldn’t want to do a guest post on a site with terrible rankings, but chances are that you will waste time doing just that if you don’t use the Alexa Toolbar.

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                      10. Fiverr

                      Want to outsource work to someone else for $5?

                      In that case, Fiverr is the place to go. There are many incredibly useful offers there if you know what to search for. Fiverr is also a great place to learn some basic delegation skills without having to risk much.

                      The last time I used Fiverr was about three weeks ago for getting help designing a fashion poster that I needed when I was presenting a case for L’Oréal in business school.

                      You can also purchase more expensive services (add-ons) for over $5.

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                        11. ePubReader

                        ePub reader allows you to read books in your browser.

                        In this case I’ve linked to ePub for Mozilla Firefox, because that’s the Internet browser that I use. But you can get it for other browsers as well.

                        Often you’ll come across cough download  cough books online that aren’t available in pdf format. ePub reader is useful to have in those situations.

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                          12. Unroll

                          Unroll is a time-saving email program that allows you to bundle up all your subscriptions into one email from which you can quickly choose to unsubscribe.

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                            13. Bitrix24

                            This last one is a treat to all of you budding entrepreneurs out there!

                            Bitrix24 is a multi-purpose program free to companies with fewer than 12 employees. It allows you to create your own social intranet. The free version of Bitrix24 allows you to manage social communications, tasks and projects, calendars, files & documents,  and CRM (customer relationship management).

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                              What programs or sites do you use frequently and how do they help you?

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                              18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

                              18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools (2020 Updated)

                              No one can dispute the countless benefits technology has brought us. Undoubtedly, it has allowed us to connect, perform, improve, and leverage our resources beyond what was once imaginable.

                              If you’re not taking advantage of some of the hundreds of time management apps and tools out there, you’re definitely missing a trick.

                              But with so many apps to choose from, how do you know which ones to use?

                              Well, this will depend on your needs. That’s why we’ve put together a list of 18 of the best time management apps that can help you with the most common challenges of managing time.

                              Let’s dive straight into the list.

                              1. Rescue Time – Use Your Time Wisely

                                If you have doubts if you are using your time sensibly, this app will send you weekly reports to indicate what things are stealing your time. Aside from its automatic time-tracking feature, this app also has distraction blocking and efficient report tools.

                                RescueTime helps you avoid being overwhelmed by too many tasks. This app also has a team software that’s dedicated to time management among team members. With this app, you may be shocked to discover how much time you’re actually wasting.

                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                2. Remember The Milk – Keep on Top of All Your Tasks

                                  If you’re struggling to manage everything you have to do, and you work with many different devices, then this is the app for you. It’s a great free tool that is compatible with your mobile, computer, Gmail, Outlook, etc., and it allows you to sync all your devices for easier time management.

                                  This app will help you to manage your tasks easily and reminds you of them – wherever you are. You can share tasks and lists with others, making it a great tool for teams as well.

                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                  3. Focus Keeper – Boost Motivation to Complete Tasks

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                                    This app is based on the principles of the Pomodoro Technique, and it is aimed at individuals who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by tasks. It has a simple, efficient user interface that is easily customizable based on your needs.

                                    Focus Keeper is designed to enhance your focus and remove any anxiety you might have with time pressures. This is a great app to use if you want to prevent yourself and your team from being burned out.

                                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                    4. Toggl – Keep Track of Time Spent on Projects and Tasks

                                      Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks and through analysis – working out how you can manage them more effectively. Toggl allows you to do all this even with its simple design.

                                      Toggl includes great time-saving features integrated with its intuitive interface. This is a great alternative to time-sheets if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects.

                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                      5. Dropbox – Store and Send Large Files Easily

                                        There are many apps that allow you to transfer content from your computer to other devices, but Dropbox is free and it is easier to use than the others. With the Dropbox app, you can even access and share important files on the go. It is an easy way to share your files and documents with others for improved productivity.

                                        Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                        6. Evernote – Keep All Your Notes in One Place

                                          Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you to capture all your ideas, thoughts, and images in many different ways (e.g., with voice, notes, or images). You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches, and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments, and share your files with friends. You can also sync Remember The Milk with Evernote to better optimize your time.

                                          Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                          7. MindNode — Focus on Tasks at Hand With Mind Mapping

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                                            Mind mapping is a great productivity technique, and Mindnode is one of the best free mind mapping apps available. It helps you to become more organized by focusing your thoughts – thereby gaining clarity on what needs to be done.

                                            This app allows you to customize various visual tags and templates to suit your needs. You can also easily share your documents with others.

                                            Available on iOS and Desktop

                                            8. GoodSync – Back Up and Sync Your Files Effortlessly

                                              This software allows you to back up, restore, and synchronize your files easily. It supports folders from a variety of locations, and it has filtering options that let you exclude subfolders from synchronizing.

                                              This app also allows you to sync files to and from your phone. If you have never backed up your files before, you should definitely take a look at this tool.

                                              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                              9. MyLifeOrganized (MLO) – Manage Your To-Do Lists Effectively

                                                Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, work with your to-do lists, and organize your goals. This task management software helps you target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives.

                                                MyLifeOrganized is one of the best task management apps for focused work. It automatically generates to-do lists with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically.

                                                Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                10. 1Password – Have All Your Passwords Remembered

                                                  1Password allows you to keep all your passwords in one encrypted database – protected by one password. This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. This also allows you to use various passwords for different accounts so you don’t compromise on security.

                                                  Available iOS, Android, and Desktop

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                                                  11. Pocket – Keep Your Eye on the Ball

                                                    When you’re surfing the web, it’s easy to get distracted by enticing and fascinating websites. That’s why you need effective time management apps like Pocket. You can use this tool to save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time. This prevents you from getting distracted and negatively impacting your immediate work.

                                                    Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                    12. Focus@Will – Boost Your Attention Span

                                                      This amazing app combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity. According to the developers, it’s possible to increase your attention span by up to 400% using Focus@Will, making this one of the best time management apps available.

                                                      Focus@will is ideal for those who find it difficult to focus while studying, working, or reading. It also helps you control your ADD.

                                                      Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                      13. Alfred – Interact With Your Computer in a Smart Way

                                                        This small and simple tool allows you to launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes. This makes life so much easier as you don’t need to go through the start menu to access what you want. The only downside is that it’s only available for macOS.

                                                        Available on desktop (macOS)

                                                        14. Forest – Boost Your Focus by Growing a Forest

                                                          Forest is a unique reinvention of time management apps. This unique and fun app helps you stay focused and on-track by making you focus on another thing.

                                                          The concept is simple: whenever you want to focus, plant a virtual tree. If you stay focused, the tree will grow. If you lose focus, the tree will die. As the app’s name implies, you can grow multiple trees to create a virtual forest!

                                                          Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop (Firefox Add-on)

                                                          15. Trello – Track Your projects in a highly visual way

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                                                            Trello is a hugely popular app that you may already be familiar with. It works by allowing you to create cards for tasks that you need to complete. Each card moves across the Trello board, which is typically broken into columns such as To Do, In Progress, and Completed. This serves as your cue to start working on and completing the associated tasks.

                                                            Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                            16. Quire – Unfold Your Ideas

                                                              Quire is an innovative time management app that helps boost your team’s productivity. The strength of this app lies in its features for collaboration and ease of sharing. You can streamline and adjust your workflow based on your team’s needs and preferences.

                                                              Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                              17. TimeTree – Have a Shared Calendar With Your Family

                                                                This TimeTree app allows families or teams to share multiple calendars and appointments with each other. So, whether you’re planning a party or running a local sports team, Time Tree can keep everyone up-to-date with all current and upcoming activities and events.

                                                                Available on iOS and Android

                                                                18. Todoist – Capture and Order All Your Tasks and Activities Easily

                                                                  Todoist is close to being the ultimate digital to-do list and one of the best time management apps out there. It’s available via browser and app, and it lets you schedule all your tasks and activities. Each item can be flagged for priority as well as a given due date. There is also a neat option to add notes to any of your tasks.

                                                                  Available on iOS, Android, and Desktop

                                                                  Final Thoughts

                                                                  The above list covers what we consider to be the very best time management apps and tools available. And the good news is that many of them are completely free of charge!

                                                                  So, what are you waiting for? Select the ones that will be the most valuable to you, and begin boosting your productivity now!

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