The end of the year always seems to come in a rush. So much to do - so little time. Co-ordinating marketing campaigns, sales, deliveries, staffing and, of course, managing the Christmas break. The list of what needs to get done at this time of year can become overwhelming. Sometimes we are not even aware of how much time is taken up with the various projects we may have on the go at once.
That is where technology can come to the rescue. You just need to know what is available and which tools to use.
Here are 6 time management tools that can help you improve productivity.
With Toggl you can keep better track of the time you spend working on projects and tasks and is an excellent alternative to time-sheets. Effective time management starts with being clear on how much time you are actually spending on your projects and tasks, and then through careful analysis, working out how you can better manage them.
Another option to look at is Rescue Time.
One of the biggest reasons we lack productivity is because we aren't able to accurately keep track of how long a task takes. If you have doubts that you’re using your time wisely, this app will provide you with a weekly report that shows you what things are stealing your time.
Remember the Milk
If you find that you struggle with managing everything your massive to-do-list, Remember the Milk is just the app for you. It's a free tool that is compatible with your computer, mobile device, Gmail, Outlook, and others. It helps you to manage all your tasks efficiently and reminds you of them no matter where you're at.
“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot”
Based on the Pomodoro Technique, this app is aimed at those who procrastinate and feel overwhelmed by their tasks. The app is designed to enhance your focus and helps to remove any anxiety you have with time pressures.
Evernote is a free productivity tool that lets you capture your thoughts, ideas, and images in a variety of ways. It allows you to record your meetings, ideas, and speeches, interviews, create lists, add text and voice attachments, and share files with your friends. To really optimize your time, you can also sync Remember the Milk with Evernote.
People think in different ways so if you are not keen on linear tracking systems, try mind mapping.
Focus on your tasks at hand with mind mapping. Mind42 is a free mind mapping app that will help you become more organized by focusing your thoughts. When you can better focus your thoughts, you gain more clarity on what you need to get done.
If you eliminate overwhelm this holiday season, consider adding these six useful time management tools to your daily routine. Technology is hear to stay - why not take full advantage of it?