If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, by now, you should have a handle on how to kick procrastination in the butt. You should have also learned everything there is to know about time management and productivity.
So, you’re all set, and you’re on your way to business boom.
You have time, ideas, motivation, and stamina.
This year, big things are going to happen all because YOU climbed that goddamn mountain, and made them happen.
It wasn’t luck, other people, or even those nootropics you gave a shot. You know that the greatest success lies within. But okay, without getting all Tony Robbins on you, you deserve some major kudos for doing the hard work.
Now it’s time to automate and simplify.
We know you think the view is excellent from your position at the summit, and it is. But imagine how much more incredible it would be if you threw on a pair of polarised Maui Jim’s with telescopic lenses.
All of a sudden, you’re looking up instead of down at your fellow ilk below, who are still climbing, and your world just became limitless.
All because you discovered the philosopher’s stone of productivity timers.
That’s what productivity software does for us lay people who think we’re forced to grapple with old tools like post-it notes, stopwatches, and heaven forbid––Facetime to get our stuff done.
There are some really cool productivity tools out there now. The problem is that there are so many.
Thankfully, that’s not a problem anymore because you’ve just stumbled upon a wormhole into an exclusive universe that contains a review of the best productivity tools on the market.
Welcome, we’ve been waiting for you.
Before we jump in, it’s probably best to shed light on what is productivity, how to increase productivity, and how does procrastination skin it alive?
With the obvious risk and reward element aside (always do your research), selecting a productivity tracker comes down to two primary considerations:
Do you want to track time, do invoicing, collaborate with the team? What degree of integration dominates your dreams? How important are analytics for your business? Some software has all of the above and more, while other productivity tools specialise in one or two key areas.
While some apps reflect brilliant ideas, they miss the UX boat and in practice, are far too complicated for practical everyday use. The point is to maximise productivity, minimise the time you spend using a productivity tracker, and prevent painful, teeth-gnashing, torture-by-tech sessions every day for the rest of your life.
While sophisticated productivity tools are super cool, you want to keep yourself, your projects, and your staff organised as smoothly as possible.
Although some of these productivity apps aren’t comparable because they have different uses, we like them all, and couldn’t help but rate them in order of awesomeness, with #1 being the superlative.
Best Feature: Synchronisation
This productivity software can improve your life. It is, essentially, the digital post-it note and we know how brilliant that was. Evernote takes the eco-age stage and organises all your little thoughts into virtual notes and notebooks, and syncs them across your devices. You can attach files, scan written notes, record voice memos, create to-do lists, and share notes and notebooks with other people. While the paid, upgraded version has a few extra features, it’s basic, and free platform offers excellent value.
Best Feature: Communication/Collaboration
The reality is, we can’t all be in the same place at the same time, and with productivity tools like Zoom, why would we need to be? It’s like an amped-up Skype but with futuristic features that serve start-ups, established businesses, and everything in between. Zoom is remote video conferencing extraordinaire. It gives us collaboration, chat, and webinars across all types of devices with HD video, voice detection, content sharing, unified login, and more.
Best Feature: Social Media Convenience
If time on social media defines your level of work productivity, this one’s for you: a social media management platform that keeps all your stuff in one place. Buffer consolidates all your social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Insta, etc.), into one convenient place. You can schedule social media posts, review performance analytics, assign team members and control access. By far, its coolest feature is buffer reply, which allows you to maximise your engagement across all your social media channels. This makes it an excellent app for marketing teams and social media-driven businesses.
Best Feature: Project Organisation
A nifty project-management and productivity tracker that gives you an overview of your tasks and who’s working on them. It uses boards, lists, and cards to organise projects and assign tasks within one of three columns: To Do, Doing, and Done. Each board represent a project and can host numerous collaborators, conversations, attachments, checklists, and cards. The cards are Trello’s most basic piece; they represent specific tasks or elements of the project. Depending on the complexity of the project, you can assign colors, deadlines, members, and checklists, and add images to each card.
Best Feature: Integration Capacity
Slack is like someone gave instant messaging a Red Bull. It has three main communication elements: team channels, private channels, and direct messaging. Within each channel, you can share files and tag/alert other members. It’s pretty simple as a messaging platform, and it allows you to get super specific with your notifications, choosing specific channels and even keywords so you can minimise distractions and be alerted to only the important stuff. Its integration capacity kicks it up a notch. While it has an impressive 60 built-in integrations, there are nearly 500 ways to extend your Slack integrations, including customisations. Our pick for one of the best integration-capable productivity tools.
Best Feature: Goal-Setting
“To be is to do. To do is to be. Do be do be do,” said Socrates, Sartre, and Sinatra, consolidated by Vonnegut, and actualised by todoist. The great thing about making to-do lists is that you get to check them off. First, capture all your to-do’s in one easy and attractive platform that–and this is key–doesn’t overwhelm. If you’re a notification addict, you may go through a little withdrawal, until you realise that you can gulp down all your juicy reminders in one place. It’s a digital alert candy store in the form of a handy productivity tracker. If on the other side, you’re averse to receiving 269 notification pings in one day, you’ll also dig this productivity app for its centralisation of everything you have to do. With todoist, you can record, remember, review, and relax.
Best Feature: Productivity Enhancement
AVBTime is your answer to tracking hours worked and invoicing. You’ve probably noticed our little self-promo hack here, but the truth is, this software is the best productivity tracker because it does so much more than track time. But stuffing every feature into its title would be an overwhelming, though juicy, run-on sentence. Even with so many features, it’s one of the best examples of pure sophistication in current technology. In this highly-intelligent piece of software, you’ll get time tracking, invoicing, analytics, integration of other cool apps, project management, and more. If you want the most mojo for your money and a risk-free trial, see for yourself what AVBTime can do.
You likely want them all, so go for it. Most offer free trials so you can experience, rather than speculate, whether they’re right for you and your business. Remember, the users’ experience is a primary consideration when productivity is your goal, which it is, and the easiest and quickest way to identify if an app or software is user-friendly is to check out its features page. Do you get the gist of what it is and how it’s going to make your life simpler in the first few sentences? If so, you’ve likely got a winner, and your next step is the free trial. If there’s no free trial, then fahget about it.
If you want to know more about what AVBTime can do for your business head to our homepage.