6 Tools, Apps & Extensions for Better Time Management
How productive are you overall? If you find that you have poor time management, there is hope for you. According to research by Simply Productive, using good organizational tools can help improve your time management skills by 38 percent. Below are some apps that might help make your work more efficient and you more time-conscious.
Available for: Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome, and Firefox
Have a project where you need to keep track of how many hours you are working? If so, Toggl is right for you. You can either start keeping track in real time, or add time in later and mark it as billable. You can also generate professional progress reports on a project based on different objectives, along with automatic rounding and decimals and the ability to track time offline.
Available for: Windows and Mac
This is a great app for those who challenge themselves to only spend a certain amount of time on a project. This app uses the Pomodoro technique and does not require your Internet browser to be open, allowing you to exclusively focus on your work. The mini timer allows you to see how much time you have left on a task before you need to move on. You can then see how you spent your time throughout the day through a report, along with a timesheet to enter the amount of time you spent working.
Available for: Any cell phone that allows SMS messaging
If you’re more likely to open up a text message than any other form of communication, then this is the tool for you. Ensure that you never forget an important deadline again with Oh, Don’t Forget. Simply enter your reminder, and pick a date or time to receive a text message with a reminder.
Available for: iOS, Mac, Windows
Do you ever wish you could create custom shortcuts on your favorite device? TextExpander allows you to come up with snippets to complete certain actions. This app can be used to send an e-mail, write code for a specific action, give you directions, and more. You can then share this code with anyone, regardless of what device they are using. This app can truly help you save time.
Available for: All Devices
Whether you want smart lighting to change at sunset, or you want MailChimp to automatically generate a report at a specific time after an e-mail message is sent, IFTTT can help you with it. For the office, you can track hours with Google Calendar, automatically mute your Android phone when you arrive at work, back up your phone contacts to a Google Drive spreadsheet, and much more. This app is handy for automating tasks you do every day both at the office and at home.
Available for: Web, Mac, iOS, Android, and Chrome
Have you ever searched for a way to keep all of your contacts in one place? If so, FullContact is the closest thing you’ll find to the old address book you used to use. You can add contacts from Google, iCloud, and Microsoft Office services into this app. FullContact also allows you to scan business cards into your iOS or Android device, and can automatically export the data to your favorite contact or e-mail service.