More than ever, we can all use help to stay organized and on track.
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The only thing we all have in common is the number of hours a day. As a busy entrepreneur (or aspiring entrepreneur), you likely have to spend all day making difficult decisions about the most important tasks that you want to spend your time doing. With the current global pandemic restricting all of our direct interactions with people, our digital lives are in full swing. I've reached out to a few other business owners to get an idea of which apps they think will increase their productivity, even during a pandemic. Here is the top 10 list (in alphabetical order) with comments on the feedback I've received.
Evernote: Rachel Johnson Burns, founder of RLJ Public Relations, has relied heavily on Evernote. She says, “Evernote is my daily lifesaver. Because it's synced across all of my devices: computer, phone, and iPad, I can take notes, jot down tasks, and stay organized with any device. I can even share notebooks with team members and clients. That saves me a lot of time. "FollowUpThen: Rick Barrera of RBA Associates uses this free app to make sure he's always up to date and says," It's easy and I love that I can only get email@example.com (for example) and at 1 a.m. bcc may that day I will receive an email reminder to take the appropriate action. I use it to remind myself of my client's birthdays, upcoming events that I want to make sure I get tickets for, etc. I can also use it to send reminders to my staff. It saves so much time and makes me so much more productive. Hugo: Christinnah Oyedeji of Calendly announced that she moved away from Evernote for meetings, where she had lots of stacks and notebooks. Hugo is a lot easier because the calendar link organizes everything for her. Hugo offers a place to prepare, take notes, assign tasks and share together and can be integrated into more than 20 work applications. Loom: Personally, I love this app because I can use it to make quick video or voice recordings to show a teammate or client how to do something, record demonstrations that I can refer to later, or just take notes. Loom also has a handy Chrome extension that lets you quickly start recording a video of your screen without any additional setup. Introduction: Thrive Agency's Matt Bowman described why he thinks this app is incredible. “As the person leading most of the company's functions, Notion is my free app that keeps my workflow organized. What I like about Notion is that it is very cooperative! Anyone can see what others are doing at any time during the week. My favorite feature of this app is probably the to-do list. It may be basic to others, but it helps me keep track of what I'm doing for that particular day. When I tick off the tasks I've done, I feel like the day was productive. “Otter: Sam Lessin from Fin says:“ Otter.ai helps me to remember things that I have to do. I often just speak instead of type and then share these thoughts with some friends, partners, or colleagues. In the past, speaking was faster than writing for most people, but listening is much slower than reading. Otter makes great notes, but with a hybrid approach where the text and audio are used to reference, it's faster for the person generating the content and faster for the person receiving the content to be the key ideas to arrive and get things done. With remote work and hours spent on web conferencing, it's an essential tool in helping collaboration and increasing productivity. PartnerHere: Stephanie Burns of Chic's CEO uses Partner Here because she believes, “Nothing wastes more time than doing something you're not good at. I love PartnerHere. It is a platform for entrepreneurs to network and do cashless transactions such as barter or stock exchange. It is very quick to find someone who can share assignments with me so that we can both advance our business by doing what we can. "Stripe: Click A Tree's Chris Kaiser saved a ton of time using this free plug-in with Gmail. Chris says," It's a CRM built right into G Suite that has snippets (reusable templates for frequently used Phrases or paragraphs) and mail merge to contact many people at the same time – but each with a personal touch. It saved me a lot of time compared to having a CRM in another window and a bulk mail system in another app that tries to sync all of those apps. Streak is a huge time saver for anyone using G Suite or Gmail. ”Trello: Michelle Knight of Brandmerry shared one of her favorite productivity apps that helped her achieve her personal goals. She shared, "As a business owner who drives RVs around the world with my family, it is important to maximize my working hours so that I can focus and pr can remain productive. I am a lover of all things, Trello. It has boards, lists and cards that entrepreneurs can use to organize and prioritize projects. Trello lets you organize your content, workflows, weekly plans, and daily tasks. This makes planning and executing blog posts, podcasts, and social media content very easy – especially if you lead a life like mine that requires planning ahead. “Vibe: Zach McMahon, co-founder of Vibe, shared some background on how the app increases productivity. He said, “It helps listeners get into the zone faster by creating a custom and personalized playlist for each experience. Our AI learns which music increases focus and productivity and which music distracts and should not be played. Each person's experience with music is unique and personal. It's crazy to think that millions of people are listening to the same learning playlist! "
Hopefully these tools will help you be more productive at a time when life may seem even more uncontrolled than we could have imagined. Be sure to get back to work now!