Productivity Tools

Productivity Tools

With so many different productivity tools to choose from these days, how do you know which one is right for you?

It’s a good idea to check out features on the website before you give them a go, and definitely check out reviews. It might also be helpful to check with colleagues to see what they use.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few, and here are some of my thoughts:

Slack

It’s been a while since I’ve used this one, but I really liked that it integrates with Toggl (my time-tracking app). It also allows you to communicate with the team as a whole, or just with one team member.

To cut down on emails and file space, Slack (and most other tools, as well) allows for messaging and file uploads so that everything your team needs is in one central location.

Asana

Much like Slack, Asana allows for direct communication directly within the app itself and allows for file uploads. By removing the email back-and-forth, team members can work together more efficiently.

What I don’t like about this particular tool is that the tabs for conversations, files and tasks are a bit all over the place. It could also be that I don’t use it often enough 🙂

Trello

Trello is one of my favourite tools. It also integrates with Toggl, allows for tagging specific team members and file uploads. I also like the boards and cards can be shared with specific people. This tool is also customizable with colours and backgrounds.

The ability to set deadlines ensures that the whole team can see what is going on with each task, similar to the above-mentioned tools.

Todoist

This is the ultimate to-do list. Todoist integrates with your digital calendar, and sets itself up as its own calendar with your digital calendar, allowing you to toggle it off and on.

One word of caution though, if you aren’t careful, it could integrate twice to your digital calendar, and cause a bit of a headache until you sort it out. Plus, in order to actually tick tasks off the list, you need to access the web-version.

By ticking those items off, you collect points which can earn you a period of premium Todoist use.

Virtual Assistant

Ha – I’m sure you saw this one coming! A virtual assistant is a great productivity tool. I save my clients time and money by taking tasks off their plate.

I help with a variety of tasks: e-newsletter set up and publishing, blog post writing and formatting, social media image creation, and social media scheduling.

Book a free consultation call with me and let’s discuss how I can save you more time in your week.

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