So a little over a year ago I wrote a blog post on my remote work website. It was (and still is) a pet project that served as a vehicle for me to share my love for remote work with others. Honestly, I wrote the post (see below) and forgot about it, but when I saw it the other day and re-read it I thought to myself, “Self…this is #truth, you know?!” Productivity is – and always will be – a thorn in the foot of every business owner, entrepreneur, and employee. No one escaped the siren call of procrastination and her less-than-attractive sister “busy-ness.” (Let’s face it – being busy for busy-ness’ sake is really just us mucking around and not every really getting anything of value accomplished.)
The trick is to make the most of the majority of the moments we have so that we can have more time available to enjoy the moments that are truly meaningful
(say that 5 times fast!)
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More than just a popular buzzword, it’s at the heart of every effective business and it’s the lifeline of every successful individual.
Want to get more done, faster? Productivity can help you out.
Want to make more money? Productivity just might be the key to your success in that area.
Want to create a more efficient workflow and stay organized while doing it? Productivity comes to the rescue yet again.
Thankfully, there are countless tools and products available that work hard at amping up your productivity so you have more time to focus on what really matters. Since up to 40% of productivity decreases whenever you multitask, anything that can help you focus your efforts to achieve more in less time is well worth any learning curve associated with on boarding a new tool or system into your workflow. Below is a list of 15 top tools for productive workflow; some free and some paid resources. You never know – you might find the key to your productivity problems waiting just a click away!
The Power of Habit – Just an all-around killer book! if you are looking to jumpstart a new habit or re-wire some existing ones, this is the book you need. If you are a business owner or manager, consider having your entire team read it, and then implement some of the key principles for increased productivity form top to bottom.
Evernote – If you want an all-in-one solution for remote teams or your in-office staff, this note-taking/information-storing cloud-based tool is pretty awesome!
Trello – Like Evernote, Trello is a great way to keep track of your to-do lists; you can even color code items and drag and drop to new lists as needed.
Lucid Meetings – From scheduling meetings to carrying them out without a hitch, this is the perfect tool to help you connect with people no matter where they are located.
Unroll.me – Nobody likes wasting time, and what bigger time suck is there than a constant barrage of emails? Unroll.Me changes all of that by letting you unsubscribe from junk mail with a simple click and also by filtering all non-essential emails into one comprehensive daily digest.
Skype – Effortlessly call people around the world or instant message your remote team for free when you use Skype. As an added bonus, you can opt for regular or video calls.
Sqwiggle – With instant one-on-one calling features and the ability to integrate with other tools and applications (such as Github), this is one tool that will shave way more than just minutes off of your workweek.
The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy is one of the premier productivity gurus of our day, so no list on productivity tools would be complete without at least one inclusion of something he has had a hand in developing. This book is the key to unlocking ongoing, compounded success and to making the most of every moment of your day.
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