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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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                  Published on September 20, 2018

                  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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