There’s a popular saying in the business world, “Time is Money.” You can go and ask any business man in the world If they agree with it or not, and I’m sure each and every one of them does. More than money, if there is one thing every entrepreneur wishes he/she could have more of, it’s definitely time. It’s the 21st century. The age of the internet. The click is ticking, and with every passing second, your competition gets tougher.
How to reach your goals faster
What should you, as an entrepreneur, choose between hard work and smart work ? If you said smart work, congratulations; you got it right. There may not be any shortcut to success, but there are ways you can make more time out of the twenty four hours in a day, and that is surely gonna get you closer to success. As always, the internet has a solution – productivite apps. These smart apps are a boon for Entrepreneurs like you.
How can these apps help
Making as much as you can out of your time isn’t simply about sitting at the desk and working hard constantly. Instead, it’s actually about spending your time in working hard only on the right things, besides tackling them as efficiently as possible. Fortunately for entrepreneurs, there are plenty of apps out there that will help you scale your company’s overwhelming workload, as well as give you the motivation you need to get things done.
The following ten apps are among the favorites of entrepreneurs around the world :
- Evernote: Thete are high chnaces you probably know about Evernote already. Evernote is available for free on Web, iOS and Android. This amazing app can become whatever you want it to be. Do you want a simple place or journal to keep notes or store insights as they occur? Evernote let’s you do that easily. Are you planning to set up a complete David Allen-style “Getting Things Done (GTD)” environment inside the program? Evernote can do that for you as well.
- Dropbox: Just like Evernote, you probably aren’t surprised to find Dropbox on a list that consists of recommended apps for Entrepreneurs. Dropbox’s value is already very well-established around the world, however, there’s a high probability that even though you have this wonderfully handy app installed on your computer or cell phone, you’re still not making as much out of it as you actually can.
- Lastpass: In this era of online insecurity, setting secure passwords and keeping them that way is an absolute must; but it’s not easy to keep in mind all those different combinations of letters and numbers all the time. If you struggle to keep your online accounts secure, Lastpass can help by generating, storing and automatically recalling strong passwords for all of your Internet logins. It’s free to use on both PCs and Macs, though you’ll pay $12/year to have the premium version available for download to your mobile device.
- Remember the Milk: Remember the Milk (RTM) is a widely-used to-do list management program that’s worth a look if you’re having trouble tracking your tasks. It’s highly flexible and easily customized – and can even be used to implement a GTD-style system. The Web version and basic iOS and Android apps are free to use, though daily syncing will run you $25/year.
- Wunderlist: If RTM lacks in any one area, it’s visual appeal. So if you’re a more graphically-inclined entrepreneur, take a look at Wunderlist – a perpetual favorite on lists of the best “to do” trackers. The program is easy to navigate and can be used to quickly and efficiently track important tasks from within its free desktop, Web, iOS and Android versions.
- Things: Although Things is only available on Macs and within Apple devices, it still warrants a mention on this list, given how intuitive the program is to use. While some users find that the RTM interface has a learning curve to fully utilize, Things makes it easy to start tracking “to do” items as quickly as possible. And, as an added bonus, it’s totally free to use!
- Instapaper: Coming across interesting articles is one of the best parts of the Internet – and one of the worst things for your overall productivity levels. Instead of reading through new posts whenever you encounter them, save them to your Instapaper account. Your selected Web pages will be automatically saved for later browsing, when they’ll be displayed in a reading-friendly format for free on your computer, iPhone, iPad or Kindle.
- Yast: Nearly all professionals can benefit from some type of time-tracking program – whether this type of tool is used to report billable hours back to customers or to simply measure how working hours are being spent. Yast provides an incredibly easy-to-use solution (just press the “Play” button to start tracking time to a specific account) that’s free to use for personal time tracking. Business accounts for entire teams are available as well, starting at $14/user per month.
- Focusbooster: Plenty of entrepreneurs use the Pomodoro Technique (which alternates 25-minute long working blocks with short breaks) in order to maintain sustainable, long-term productivity. And while there are plenty of different Pomodoro timers out there, one of my favorites is the Focusbooster App. It’s free to use and provides a simple way for business professionals to stay focused over long periods of time.
- Leech Block: If you find that the Pomodoro Technique alone isn’t enough to maintain productivity (which – let’s face it – isn’t that much of a challenge in today’s digital world of easily-accessible distractions), you may need to call in the big guns. In this case, you need Leech Block – a Firefox add-on that allows you to lock down specified websites. It’s easily customized to suit your unique working habits, and even provides a helpful reminder to get back to work when you stray to one of your blocked sites.
Well, these were a few of the internet’s most popular business scaling apps. If you know about other similar apps that help you get through the work day faster, and scale your business in an effective way, please share them with us in the comments section below!