Top 6 Tools that Increase Productivity at Work:

Top 6 Tools that Increase Productivity at Work:

The effectiveness of productive effort, especially at workplaces isn’t about which apps, tools, and frames of mind one uses to get things done.
It is more about the state or quality of being productive using a set of tools and processes upon which one can comfortably rely and also get important things done in life and work.

The top 11 tools one can use to be more productive are listed below:
1. Task manager / project manager:
Task and project management of some kind is essential to make sure programs, processes, and services are running effectively and getting the right things done at the right time. Some great applications to get started are:
• Remember the Milk
• Toodledo
• Things
• OmniFocus
• Evernote
• Todoist
2. Ubiquitous capture device:
‘What if you have an idea or cool new thought about a project you are working on, but you don’t have any device/app to capture it?’ So make sure that you always have some way of capturing “inputs” in your life so that you can process that information later. Use tools like:
• Smart phone with any notes app
• Pen and paper
• Sticky Notes
3. Boundaries:
To be able to stay productive day-in and day-out you have to set and keep boundaries. You have to protect your time and energy so you can work on the things that are most important to you. What are some of the things in your life that you want to do? To get those important things done, set up boundaries so you aren’t side-tracked and taken away from your goals.
4. Know when and how to say “no”:
This goes hand-in-hand with number three. Once you have boundaries set for what you want to and don’t want to do in life, you can now know when to say “no” to other less important things that make their way into your life. The best way to decrease the stuff that you “have” to do is to say “no” to the things that don’t really matter to you and that won’t further your goals.
5. Set realistic deadlines and expectations
A good rule of thumb when trying to set a deadline is to double however long that you will think it will take. Of course, this is good for “light” planning, not exact planning that some jobs may need.
6. Calendar
A calendar is used for the “hard landscape” of our lives. Use it to set due dates and reminders for things that are date sensitive. A calendar can either be analog or digital, but having a digital calendar is nice because of the ability to search, move things around easily, as well as send invites to people. Google Calendar can be of great help.

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