Time-saving tools can be real … time savers! And the thing is that moments saved here and there really can add up. That is especially true of our on-line time.
On-line time is rife with temptations and distractions, so when I find time-saving tools that can help with on-line work, I am both pleased and eager to share them with readers of The Time Finder.
One of the best places for scanning the new time saving applications available on-line is at lifehacker. And within lifehacker, it’s the regular feature titled “This Week’s Top Downloads” that often yields the time-saving gems. I’ll highlight just a couple here, and, as always, I’d love to hear about the time-saving tools and applications that you find especially helpful!
Time-Saving Text Expansion App
If you’re a long-time reader of The Time Finder you may recall a post (or two) about AutoHotKey. This is a text expander that my VA has used for quite some time. However, the catch was that it worked with PC’s but not with Macs. Enter aText! This new app joins the other Mac-friendly text expanders that are available; and from what I read, aText very flexible and affordable.
The time-saving aspect of these particular applications is that they allow you to create abbreviations that expand into longer phrases or passages. If there are snippets of text that you frequently need to type, a tool like this can save you precious seconds … that soon turn into minutes – freeing you up for the other tasks that you need to tend to!
Chime: Time-Saving Notification Tool for Chrome
If you participate in social networking, get lots of e-mail, have an on-line calendar, etc. you probably receive lots of notifications. These can be distracting and sometimes downright annoying. But, at the same time, you probably don’t want to totally ignore them
Enter Chime for Chrome. This can give your time-saving efforts a boost, because it’s a chrome extension that … well, I’ll let lifehacker tell you just what it does:
Each time you get a new notification, you’ll see a desktop alert, color coded so you can tell which service it is at a glance. The alert also includes a short snippet of text to let you know whether it’s something you need to look at right away, like the subject line of an incoming email or the text of a Twitter @-reply or a Facebook notification. Clicking the Chime toolbar button shows you those new and unread notifications, but you can always choose to see all notifications across all of your supported services by clicking “All Notifications” to open your notification history. You can keep the Chime in-browser page up to see them as they come in, or close it and let the drop-down button in your toolbar do its work.
I am pleased to share these time-saving ideas with you, and hope you’ll find them useful in your daily life.
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