Whether you’re working solo or as part of a team, you need the right tools to identify and overcome productivity roadblocks.
In the digital age, the average worker spends more than seven hours a day in front of a computer—and that’s not counting the time spent using tablets, smartphones, and other devices.
Yet for all the work hours spent, many people are still falling short of their goals. The good news is, you can do something about it. The bad news? There are a number of productivity obstacles you’ll have to overcome before you can start making real progress.
“Great companies obsess over productivity, not efficiency,” Michael Mankins wrote for Harvard Business Review (HBR).
While productivity is personal, it is always a good idea to use the right tools to get things done faster and efficiently.
Here are some of the most popular ones:
Trello is an incredibly popular project management tool that combines boards and lists with Kanban-style project management.
It’s very flexible and can be adapted to many ways of working. It has many great features, including integration with Jira, Confluence, and Slack.
Trello is a free tool, which offers premium features for a monthly fee.
Todoist is a task management tool that is known for its simplicity and minimalistic design.
It can be used with a team, but it is more suited for personal productivity and task management.
You can create and organize tasks, set due dates, prioritize tasks, and apply filters.
It has a very advance natural language processor to automatically set due dates and priorities, far better than existing competition.
Communication & Collaboration
3 . Google Docs –
Google doc is one of the best tools out there for sharing your documents, This online word processor eliminates the need of sending files back and forth by email.
This is a great tool for professionals, who wish to collaborate on documents and share them with others.
Google Docs is a part of Google Workspace (formally GSuit) and providers full integration with other Google’s services like Google Drive, Calendar Gmail, etc.
Communication is the backbone of any organization
Slack is a team communication tool that was created by the founders of Flickr and is used by many prominent start-ups and companies.
You can create channels for each team to streamline communication or you can interact with one-to-one personal chat.
It’s a great way to communicate with your coworkers, and you can also use it to share notes and files.
It’s a great way to keep your team on the same page.
It comes with a basic free plan.
Calendly helps you schedule meetings without back and forth emails.
When you create an account with calendly, you can choose to sync your calendar with calendly.
You can create a customized event and share the link with anybody with whom you want to schedule a meeting.
They will just pick the day/time for the meet, and get an email confirmation for your meeting.
It comes with many integrations like Google Meet or Zoom, depending on the event it auto-generates meeting links.
LastPass is a very long-standing password manager, and it is one of the best ones.
It’s not unusual to use lots of services these days, this creates a unqiue problem of handling so many accounts.
Using the same password, again and again, is not a good idea, in case of a data breach you are at risk of exposing all your accounts.
It saves all the passwords on the cloud, and it is available on all the devices across the team.
It can auto-generate passwords for the websites, and autofill login forms when required.
7. Clockify Me
Clocking Me is a time tracking app that helps to track time, and provide insight on time consumed in a single dashboard.
It is a simple, intuitive app that can be used for both personal and business use.
It has many great features like timesheet and approval, reporting and invoicing.
The main advantage of using this app is, it has many integrations with other apps, like Trello and asana or Jira which makes time management easier.
This is the most unusual app on our list today, that essentially helps you to stop spending time on your smartphone.
If you are among people who pick the phone in between work and lose track of time while infinite scrolling. This app can be your rescue.
Forest gamifies the Pomodoro Technique.
When you want to focus, you plant a tree the more time you stay away from your phone, the more it grows.