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The 5 Best Productivity Tools In 2019

Ever feel that there are just not enough hours in the day? It’s a feeling that many of us can relate to. However, by dedicating just 5-minutes to read and discover our top productivity tools, you could in fact save countless hours; as they say, time is money!

By dedicating just 5-minutes to read and discover our top productivity tools, you could in fact save countless hours; as they say, time is money! Click To Tweet

LastPass

With LastPass forgetting passwords and spending time looking for that scrap bit of paper with your passwords on it is a thing of the past.

To use LastPass you only need to set and remember one master password to login to your vault, which essentially is where all of your passwords that you have chosen to be saved are stored for easy access.

For added convenience and ease of use, LastPass has a browser extension for Chrome and many other popular internet browsers. With the extension installed and enabled, you’ll be able to simply add login details to your vault at the click of a button. How cool is that?

For the security conscious among us, it’s good to know that LastPass also supports two-factor authentication, which is an extra layer of security that you can simply setup too.


productivity tools LastPass

Asana

Asana is arguably the holy grail when it comes to task and project management. The project management tool is great for teams as you’ll be able to seamlessly create project workflows and create tasks which can be assigned to members within your team.  

With the added benefit of being able to add notes, upload files, and set deadlines for tasks, Asana will help you see the big picture, and easily collaborate with colleagues.

productivity tools Asana

Finally, it’s worth noting that are over 100 app integrations; popular integrations include Slack, Google Drive, and DropBox.

 

Google Drive

Google Drive is a versatile cloud storage solution, which is a great resource to use when sharing files and documents alike with teams. Of course, with the Google suite, you will benefit from Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.

No longer will you have to attach and store large files your computer, with Google Drive you simply need to share a link with your colleagues to grant access, which can be ‘Edit’, ‘Comment’, or ‘View’. Truly a great time-saving solution.

Drag

Drag is a relatively new app but has already been featured in Google Chrome Store, on first page. Drag is a Chrome extension that turns your individual Gmail inbox or your team’s separate accounts into one big task management tool.

Gmail will get a so called ‘Kanban’ layout, which means it displays boards. This layout can help be more organized and efficient. Emails often come with a task to get done, and with the extension, you can simply drag and drop emails to different boards, create tasks and put due dates on them. 

Drag productivity tool

Drag, of course, also allows you to import tasks from outside of Gmail. If you have multiple email accounts that you want to handle at once such as support inbox, press related enquiries or marketing emails. Drag is a great alternative if you don’t want to use different apps for task management, CRM, sales and messaging.

 

RescueTime

Ever wondered how much time you actually spend responding to emails, or maybe how long you spent on Facebook when you know you shouldn’t? Wonder no more. RescueTime is an innovative tool which will help you to understand and measure how you spend your time online throughout your workday.

RescueTime is designed to run securely in the background on your computer and or mobile device to provide you with a detailed time measurement analysis of the apps you use, the websites you visit.

productivity tools Rescue Time

While granted this may not immediately save you time, in the long term this handy tool could alert you to the fact that maybe you spend just a little too much time on Instagram, or looking for cat memes, but then again…

 

Bonus productivity tips

Organize your work environment

While the above tools will undoubtedly save you time, you should also ensure that you have an organized work and desk environment.

Know when to say “no”

Another skill is knowing when to say “no”. Which can be easier said than done. However, sometimes circumstances dictate in work and personal life that you must simply say no. For a great guide on this topic take a look at the Gentle Art of Saying No.

Set Deadlines

It’s always advantageous to set realistic deadlines. Regardless of the task or project at hand, setting clear deadlines will help you to better prioritize and dedicate your time. Furthermore, if you work and collaborate within a team environment, then, of course, this will also be a great signal to your colleagues, as they’ll know the proposed task completion date.

 

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Craig, is the International Marketing Manager at 10to8, with over 10 years’ digital marketing experience.

At 10to8 Craig devises and oversees multi-channel marketing campaigns, and plays a pivotal role in growing the business. Throughout Craig’s most recent career history he’s specialised in successfully growing tech start-ups.

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