January: It’s the time of year when people make commitments to be their best selves in the upcoming months. They start asking themselves: How do I make the most out of my day? How do I carve out some extra time for myself? How do I have a better work/life balance?
When you boil it down, what they’re REALLY asking themselves is, “How can I be more productive?” And while we could go on for pages about all of the ways to increase your productivity in the upcoming year, our team at StandDesk.co decided to save you some time (see what we did there?) and narrow it down to the top 5 FREE productivity tools you need to start using…like, yesterday.
When it comes to project management, it doesn’t get any better than Trello. Trello keeps every aspect of your project organized in one easy-to-use interface. You can upload files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box or OneDrive, setup timelines and notifications, create to-do checklists, invite others to collaborate and a mess of other features designed to make your life easier and more productive.
2. Google Drive
This should go without saying, but if you aren’t using Google Drive, you’re seriously missing out on the productivity front. Google Drive gives you the ability to create and share file formats (including Google Docs and Google Spreadsheets) and collaborate with your team in real time.
Ever find yourself struggling to remember the password for an account you desperately need access to? Or go to reset a password and find you used an old (and no longer active) email address to sign up? With LastPass, password problems are a thing of the past. LastPass remembers all of your passwords and automatically populates username and password fields when you log into an account.
LastPass is free, but they also have a premium membership that gives you additional options, like securely sharing passwords with team members.
A huge part of being productive is making solid use of your time. And I think we can all agree that a NOT solid way to spend your time is waiting on your dinner check or closing out your bar tab at the end of the night. Enter DashPlus, an app that allows you to skip all that useless waiting and pay for your meal or drinks without waiting for your server or bartender. You might not have to use this every time you go out, but this is a HUGE timesaver when you’re at a busy restaurant or bar.
5. OtherInbox Organizer
Is there any greater technical headache that keeping your inbox organized? You might get tens, hundreds or thousands of emails a day and keeping on top of them is insanely time consuming. If you currently have 2,456 unread emails and a meager or non-existent filing system, OtherInbox Organizer is a great tool to finally get that inbox organized. OtherInbox automatically organizes all of your incoming mail and sorts it into folders so you can get a better idea of which emails need your attention. It even sends you a daily summary of what it organized.
With these 5 productivity tools in your arsenal, you’re well on your way to hitting those productivity resolutions, taking back your time and making 2016 your most productive year yet.