Manage Your Time Better
Work, dentists appointments, meetings, project deadlines, coffee-dates, dreaded play-dates, your friend’s stand-up gig, scheduled spin-class and don’t-forget-milk lists are just some of the things that fill up our time. Life can be hectic, and sometimes all our responsibilities and commitments get a bit too much. And before you know it, it’s 5 pm on Friday and you’ve spent the whole day staring at a blank page with only the date typed.
It happens to us all, and thankfully there are some tools you can use to help organise and manage your time better and ensure you never miss another school play ever again.
We’ve scoured the internet and narrowed it down to these top 10 tools to help you manage your time, and assist with your every need. And the best part is, most of them are free or have a free trial.
For Those Who Need To Manage Their Work Deadlines:
Trello is a great tool designed to help you better manage your time and tasks at work through boards, list and cards. It allows you to collaborate with colleagues effortlessly and, even has built-in workflow automation with a butler; allowing you to focus on the main stuff while the butler gets all the boring jobs done.
The basic plan is free of charge. Enterprise and business subscriptions are also available.
Another great tool to help you and your team keep on top of projects and easily allows you to organise, set deadlines and assign tasks. Similar to Trello, Asana also has an automation tool and also features customisable templates for things like:
- Work requests
- Employee onboarding
- Event planning.
The basic plan is free of charge. Premium and business subscriptions have free trials.
Timecamp’s the tool that gives you a little bit extra. It lets you see how your team’s performing with insights into how much time people are spending on tasks, apps and websites, literally allowing you to measure productivity. Got strict budgets? With Timecamp, it’s no problem, track your profit margins, spend and billing – easy Peasy. Timecamp also lets you integrate with a bunch of trusted tools, including Jira, Asana, Xero and Trello.
Free for solo users.
For The Procrastinators, Ad-Clickers And Facebook Browsers:
4. Focus Me
Easily distracted by social media and online shopping? Well then Focus Me is the tool for you. It’s a fully customisable tool that blocks or limits your time on distracting websites and apps. They claim to have a 69% efficiency rate and, it even has a blackout “force mode” for those all-important deadlines and projects.
30-day free trial.
5. Focus Keeper
Here we have an app, guaranteed to keep you in the zone. Available to download on iOS and Android, this app uses the Pomodoro technique, where it encourages you to remain focused on tasks for 25 minutes with a five-minute break in between each session. You can even personalise it and see insights which track and dissect your productivity. Allowing you to better manage your time online.
Free to download, features in-app purchases.
For The “I Forgot That I Was Supposed To Be Doing” People:
6. To-do List
Sometimes, all you need is some pen and paper to write yourself a simple to-do list. Whether it’s to remember what groceries to get or what tasks you need to complete, a to-do list is an easy way to keep track, and it’s oh so satisfying when you cross something off.
If you’re looking for something a little higher-tech than your average to-do list, you may want to try the Todist app. It’s available on all devices and allows you to integrate with Gmail, Google Calendar, Slack and much more. Furthermore, it lets you build long-lasting habits with productivity tracking, task prioritising, deadlines and enables collaborations with others. Saving you time where you need it most.
Free to download, features in-app purchases.
For Those Who Click “FORGOT MY PASSWORD” At Least Once A Week:
1Password is a great tool which ensures you never get locked out of your accounts ever again – which can be a real time-wasting ordeal. It’s a Peak favourite and when creating new accounts, even provides you with secure password options and saves them in your 1Password. You can also share secure information such as passwords and credit card info with family or team members.
30-day free trial.
The “I need music to concentrate” People:
Available to download straight to your device, Focus@Will is designed to help manage your ADD by creating “scientifically optimized music”. Allowing you to stay focused for longer and increase productivity. What’s more, their in-app assessment uses data from the largest brain database in the world and data from their own nine years of music and brain research. All this data enables them to tell you which type of music and energy level will be most effective for you.
Free to download and offers a 7-day full-featured free trial. They currently have 50% off all plans.
For The People Who Spend 24/7 At Their Desk:
10. Rescue Time
Manage your time wisely with Rescue Time, the service made to make you work smarter rather than longer. It features a “time tracking and distraction blocking software”, helping you to understand where you’re wasting time and what you need to block to be the most productive you’ve ever been. It’s also customisable, giving you the power to take control of your workday and make it home in time for dinner.
14-day free trial.
We’ve all heard the phrase time is money, and you wouldn’t waste your money so, why waste your time?
We hope these time-management tools will help you to utilise your time, get the most done so you can spend more time doing what you enjoy with the people you love. Manage your time better and make your life easier.
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