Finding time to be as productive as possible is often a balancing act. What I mean by that is that when you’re looking to amp up your productivity, you constantly balance innovation and efficiency.
Your familiar tools and processes are the ones that you use with the greatest ease – so that saves you time and energy in the short-term. However, tools and processes are constantly being improved; so it’s helpful to know the ‘latest and greatest’ so that you can keep ahead of the curve and upgrade your software, and perhaps some of your work practices, as things change and improve. This may mean some lost time initially, but it will improve your efficiency over time.
Lifehacker nearly always offers some kind of “Best of” list – for example, here are the “Five Best To-Do List Managers” for your perusal this morning. And on Mashable you’ll find the same. Here’s a recent post from their Tech section: “37 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed.” Had you already seen that in your on-line travels?
At 12 Most there’s a list titled “12 Most Must-Have Free Online Productivity Tools for Small Business” that offered up some familiar tools (like Evernote and Dropbox) along with some that I had not seen before. Do you know about AnyMeeting, for example? Discovering this free, flexible and full-featured tool for on-line meetings was alone worth the visit to 12 Most!
It takes a little time to scan these lists, but I think it’s well worth the effort. You may find something that greatly enhances your productivity or your ability to serve your customers optimally. You can’t beat that!
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© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.