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8 Online Tools That Will Help To Increase Your Productivity

8 Online Tools That Will Help To Increase Your Productivity

One of the common goals that businesses have is trying to increase the productivity of their business. When the business is able to produce more and use less resources, they will increase their chances of success. It is easy to set the goal of increased productivity for a business, but attaining that goal is not always as easy.

Instead of talking about increasing business productivity, it is better to find ways to actually accomplish that goal. One of the things that a business needs to consider is the online productivity tools that can be found. These tools can help in many ways. They can provide a variety of services that will help with the communication, time management and many other facets of the business. When searching for the tools that can help a business, there are several that stand out from the rest.

Uberconference

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    The most valuable resource that a business has is time. If they can find ways to save time while still achieving the results they need that will help increase the productivity of the business. An online service such as Uberconference is one way to save some time for a business. It will allow people to meet without having to travel to a central destination. There is no time wasted traveling for business calls and meeting. With the help of Uberconference screen sharing groups of people are able to get together and meet face to face using a computer. This tool takes some effort to use effectively and a business will have to learn how to hold an online conference, but once they do it will help a business grow easily.

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    Remember the Milk

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      The name of this service may make you laugh, but the impact that it can have on a business is very serious. This works as a to-do list that can help keep people on track to finish the work they need to do in a timely fashion.

      Grooveshark

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        One of the most important things when it comes to increasing productivity in a business is making sure that people are enjoying the work they are doing. One way to do that in an office setting is to provide music that people enjoy. Grooveshark has plenty of great music and allows for customized playlists that can be created to provide specific types of motivation.

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        Mystickies

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          One of the most popular tools that appeared years ago is the use of sticky notes. These little sheets of papers could be pasted onto any surface so that the person would always be able to see them. The use of computers may have reduced the effectiveness of the paper version of the sticky notes, but the idea of how they work is still around. This tool will allow the user to create notes that will appear on the computer screen as people navigate around.

          Yammer

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            This is basically an internal email tool. It allows people to send messages and to share files within a group of people without having to go through the hurdles of email servers.

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            Boomerang –

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              There are many times when emails have to be delivered at a certain time. This tool allows people to schedule when the emails are sent so they are seen when they can be the most effective.

              ThinkBinder –

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                ThinkBinder is another group tool that allows people to work with others in real time. It includes chat, file share and an interactive whiteboard.

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                ooVoo

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                  Video chat from ooVoo is a great way for smaller groups to get together. It can handle groups of up to 12 people at one time.

                  These are some of the productivity tools that can be found, but they are not all. When a business is trying to find the right tools, they need to make sure they are making the right choices. They may not need all of the tools and if they overdo it, the tools may actually hurt the productivity of a business. Take the time to learn how the different tools work and discover which ones are the most effective for your business. It is worth the time that it takes.

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                  Last Updated on May 14, 2019

                  8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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                  Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                  1. Zoho Notebook
                    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                  2. Evernote
                    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                  3. Net Notes
                    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                  4. i-Lighter
                    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                  5. Clipmarks
                    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                  6. UberNote
                    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                  7. iLeonardo
                    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                  8. Zotero
                    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                  I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                  In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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