As a freelance writer, I often find that I am my own worst enemy. When I’m supposed to be working, there are a million things that come between me and a thousand words. From reorganizing my files to deciding it’s time to reply to my emails, anything is better than getting down to the hard graft.
It’s for that reason that productivity apps are a real life saver when it comes to getting the job done. Here are my top six indispensable apps for boosting productivity.
Toggl is a simple time management app that allows you to track the time that you spend working on a project. It’s ridiculously easy to get it up and running and has lots of great features. You can budget your time, view actual hours spent versus estimated and it works on Windows, Mac and Linux.
Trello claims to be “a whiteboard with super powers,” and that’s exactly what it is. It’s a collaboration tool that organizes your projects onto boards that help you track what you’re working on and where you are in that process. Projects move across boards that progress from initial idea to development and deployment, and the whole thing really helps you keep on top of your workload.
Toutapp revolutionizes your outreach. It adds templates, analytics and scheduling to your email and also integrates with your CRM system (if you have one). It really helps you to build a better relationship with your clients without procrastinating.
If you don’t have Dropbox yet, why not? It’s a fantastic online data backup service that allows you to store up to 100GB, so you can synchronize your files across all of your devices. You can share files in progress with your clients by adding them to controlled groups, and everything you upload is stored on their secure server. It’s incredibly user friendly and really simplifies whatever project you’re working on.
When you work for yourself, tracking your invoices is essential, and Xero is just the tool to do it. It allows you to create and send invoices automatically and get paid online, and helps you to keep an eye on your all important cash flow. For more information on invoicing make sure to check out Xero’s invoicing guide, you’ll really appreciate it when it comes to filling in your tax returns.
For me, the ultimate anti-procrastination gadget has to be Dragon Dictate. It transcribes speech with very few mistakes, allowing you to text, email, send yourself reminders and even update your social media accounts (well, we can’t be work, work, work all the time). And, as it’s available on iPhone, you can do all of this while you’re on-the-go.
So what are you waiting for? Get back to work!