We live in a results driven world: you get out, what you put in. Naturally, the more you put in, the more you get out, right? Not quite.
Depending on where your efforts are focused, you could be working harder with no results to show for it. By increasing your productivity and managing your time well, you could be spending more time on what really matters and less on what doesn’t
So how do you increase your productivity? There’s an app for that!
Let’s dive into the Top 5 Productivity Apps in 2019.
1. Trello – Organize Everything
When it comes to being productive, nothing will ruin your flow more than being disorganized. Trello is one of the best visual-based organization softwares/apps out there right now. And best of all, its free! List your tasks, create process flows, and track time for each task all within the Trello.
Trello is extremely simple to get started and will have you organizing your personal and work life in no time.
You can create simple to-do lists, and processes in Trello to track all your work. Once that task is complete, drag it to the next step of the process, or simply click and drag it to your “done” list. It’s that simple!
2. Hootsuite / Buffer – Stay Social
With billions of people on social media, your business NEEDS to have some level of social media presence. However, these accounts can be difficult to keep up with. If you are not consistently posting to your platforms, you are destined to lose a good amount of followers. That’s where social media schedulers and planners come into play.
With apps like Hootsuite and Buffer (among other apps on the market), you are able to schedule your posts in advance, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to post or taking up hours of your day on social media.
calendars and social media scheduling is a breeze with both Hootsuite and
Img Source: Hootsuite
Both of these apps have been around for a while and receive constant support and positive feedback from users. Hootsuite and Buffer work similarly, so it really comes down to personal preference. Both are free to start out, but if you have a lot of accounts to manage, you may want to consider looking at some of the premium accounts.
If you are new to social media, or just looking to improve on your strategy, check out these 4 Tips to Creating a Social Media Strategy.
3. Zapier – Automate the Mundane
Everyone seems to have those boring daily tasks that like to suck all the time out of your day. With Zapier, you can win some of that time back by automating your tedious tasks.
Simply pick a trigger, or something to start the process, followed by the action you want to follow. This could be something as simple as, “whenever you get a new subscriber in Mailchimp, log the name and email into a spreadsheet,” or “when your new blog post goes live, share this post to your social media pages.”
Zapier connects with over 1,500 different apps so no matter what task you are trying to automate, Zapier can most likely get it done. Zapier is free for up to 100 tasks per month, with paid subscriptions available.
In addition to Zapier, there are a few other apps like IFTTT (If This Then That) and Microsoft Flow, that can help add automation to your life. To be honest though, these apps pale in comparison to what is capable with Zapier.
4. Evernote – Never Lose Your Thoughts
If you are looking for a great note-taking app, Evernote is the one to consider. Evernote is probably one of THE most loved note-taking apps on the market.
With Evernote, you can set up dedicated “notebooks” to keep all your thoughts, notes, videos, or webpages organized. You can record audio clips, add attachments, and even set yourself reminders all within the mobile app. All your notes are automatically saved to a cloud-based server so you’ll be able to access your notes from any device.
If that wasn’t enough, Evernote has a dedicate Chrome Extension that allows you to easily takes snippets or entire articles and pages from the internet and save them right into your Evernote notebooks. Evernote has a free, basic plan with paid subscriptions available, giving you more available storage.
5. Canva – Create More
Last but not least, if creating captivating and attractive images for your website or social media is a chore, look no further than Canva.
Gone are the days of needing to spend hours designing or hiring designers to create your content images. Canva allows you to create stunning images in minutes. The interface is extremely easy to use, even for those that have little-to-no graphic or photography experience. With Canva you can easily add text, logos, watermarks, or anything else you could possibly need to your images.
Canva has a wide selection of pre-designed templates you can use. All templates are created with the recommended dimensions optimized for almost any social media platform you are looking to post to. They also have a wide selection of free (and paid) stock images for you to use if you don’t yet have your own images.
Pick from a wide range of pre-designed templates to make your own images stand out.
Like the other apps listed here, Canva is free to get started, with paid premium options for those looking to really expand their media library.
Now, obviously these aren’t the only apps available, but these will surely save you time and allow you to focus on the areas of your business that matter the most. Start by slowly implementing these apps into your daily routine and see how much your productivity increases. It’s time to start seeing real results from the hard work you are putting in.
Give them a try and let us know what you think!