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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 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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