There’s no time like the present.
When it comes to productivity, this commonly-used phrase can both inspire and irritate. Let’s face it, though—we’ve all been there. Those days when there are a million things to do and you haven’t done, well, a thing. Whether you’re running your own business or are happily self-employed, setting goals, prioritizing, and managing your time can suddenly feel monumental when you’re aware the clock is ticking. And fast.
Instead of giving yourself a hard time, give yourself a break. Being (and staying) productive is a learned skill, in and of itself.
That’s why we’ve rounded up the best digital tools (apps and services) out there that make all the difference, productivity-wise, to you and your business. With the right systems in place, you can create structure in your day and actually focus on getting stuff done—productively.
Have you ever asked yourself, “what’s happening today?” only to refer to your desk calendar? While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with jotting down a few handwritten notes, these days it takes a lot more to keep your calendar well-and-truly updated. That’s why we’re big fans of apps that work with existing calendars (Google, Exchange, etc.) to keep those hectic agendas of yours nicely streamlined.
Want to schedule meetings without those awful back-and-forth emails? Who doesn’t? With Calendly, you can share your meeting link via email or embed it within your website, letting your invitees pick a time that works for them and voilà, the event is added to your calendar.
Schedules fill up fast, we know. With Fantastical, you can quickly find out if your co-workers, employees, or go-to point persons are available to attend your desired event or meeting. The latest version of this great calendar app features a dedicated window, complete with aesthetically-pleasing views of the day, week, month, and year.
Marketing folks, this one’s for you. CoSchedule syncs calendars with marketing strategies so that everything is in one calendar. In other words—spreadsheets, be gone. It may sound complicated in theory, but in reality it’s a perfectly well-oiled machine, easily organizing and managing large campaigns or projects, integrating it with tools you love. The best part? This app is all about data collection—gaining powerful insights and identifying various ways to improve your marketing plans, all while driving productivity.