Technology has enabled us to save time in the office, allowing us to communicate with clients and colleagues in seconds with email and through the internet. But it doesn’t end there! There are many tools and apps available that you can use to optimize your time and rate high on my list of time management tips. Here are this NYC Professional Office Organier’s recommendations for time management tech tools.
RescueTime. This program runs on your computer while you are working and will track how much time you are spending on different activities and different websites. You’ll be able to see exactly how much time you spend checking your email during a work day and the amount of time you spend on social media sites. Another feature is that it will block websites for specific periods of time so that you can focus without distractions.
Focus@will. If you struggle with focusing and ignoring distractions during your work day, you may want to give this tech tool a try. It combines neuroscience and music to boost your productivity, allowing you to increase your attention span and complete tasks efficiently. If you are someone who struggles with focus, this is worth a try!
StayFocusd. This is a browser extension that you can load onto your computer. It will then work to increase your productivity by limiting the time you can spend on popular time-consuming websites (such as social media, news sites, or gaming sites). You create the list of sites and you also get to choose the amount of time you want to allow for each site. After you’ve used up that allotted time, StayFocusd will block that site so you can focus on work without any distractions.
Strides. This app allows you to track all your goals and habits in one place. Strides makes it easy to set reminders and produces easy-to- read charts that show productivity in a visual way which can make it easier to reach your goals. You can track good or bad habits – anything from how much water you drink in a day to how much time you spend on social media. There’s even a pre-determined goal already designed to help track productivity!
135 List. Prioritize your day with this app that helps you set high, medium, and low daily priorities. You simply choose 1 top priority, 3 medium priorities, and 5 low priorities that you want to accomplish that day. The app is flexible and allows you to create other lists with or without the 1-3- 5 template. Being able to prioritize your tasks is an essential step toward getting work done especially during the summer months.
So do time management tools and apps like these work? Knowing how and where you are spending your time will help you increase your productivity and allow you to shift and change your habits at work. When you need more strategies and hands on time management tips, contact your NYC Professional Office Organizer.