It's no secret that the more productive you and your employees are, the more likely your business will be profitable. Achieving more in the same amount of time allows you to realize higher profits and scale. To accomplish this, many business owners use apps for increasing productivity.
Using Apps for Increasing Productivity
Productivity is the lifeblood of a business. In fact, this metric is so important to businesses that the Bureau of Labor Statistics regularly measures business productivity as it relates to costs.
To help you and your employees become as expedient as possible, here are seven apps for increasing productivity. See how they've helped various business owners and employees get more done more quickly.
Trello is a task management app that allows for collaboration with the use of a series of digital boards. The program tops many business owners' lists of apps for increasing productivity. Trello shows in one glance what projects are being worked on, their progress and who's working on what.
AlldayPA, a 24/7 telephone answering service, began working with Trello a year ago and reports an increase in productivity and better teamwork.
"Trello is one of the best apps for increasing productivity," says alldayPA's CEO Reuben Singh. "The app's unique features give you the flexibility of easily creating different boards and categories that suit your specific business projects."
Singh says his team uses Trello because of the apps layout and customization.
"Digitally displaying all their tasks and projects on a single board allows employees to see their workloads in an organized manner," says Singh. "The app categorizes duties into different sections, such as to-do, in process, awaiting feedback and completed. Employees can also prioritize the urgency of tasks."
Steve Weiss, founder and CEO of MuteSix, a digital marketing and advertising studio, also favors Trello.
"The app helps me make a list of everything I need and want to accomplish, so I can refine the process until I have just a few big tasks on which to focus," Weiss says.
If you and your employees have trouble staying focused during the day, Momentum is designed to keep you on track.
The app is a homepage replacement for the Chrome browser. Momentum's purpose is to help keep you focused on your top goal for the day.
"With Momentum, when you open your browser, you're greeted by name with an inspiring picture, quote and your one big task of the day," says Jon Nastor, founder of Hack the Entrepreneur, which helps professionals scale and automate their businesses with digital marketing.
"I find Momentum immensely helpful when determining and completing my one important task every day," says Nastor. "Every morning, I tell the app what my focus for the day will be. For the rest of the day, it reminds me every time I open a new tab. This makes it much easier to stop wasting time."
Prioritizing tasks can be challenging, especially when everything seems of equal importance. Todoist can help by organizing and prioritizing projects so you and your team know what to do next.
The app plans projects and assigns responsibility, as well as enables file sharing and tracks progress.
By cutting out one or two minutes per online account login, I save up to 30 minutes per day.
—Christopher Martin, chief marketing officer, FlexMR
"Among apps for increasing productivity, Todoist has been pivotal in achieving my work targets," says Sireesha Narumanchi, founder of Crowd Work News.
"Todoist is like a techie 'virtual assistant,' providing me with all of my to-dos for the day," continues Narumanchi. "Two of my favorite features are the flexibility to share projects with other team members so that everyone is on the same page with deadlines.
"Another plus is the 'karma score,'" she says. "This shows how productive you've been, including tasks completed."
Like many business owners, you most likely have those days when you ask yourself what you've accomplished. Toggl is a time-tracking app that reveals where you've focused your efforts throughout the day. The app includes reports and allows you to break down your hours so you can see where you're making the most profits.
"I recently began using Toggl, and the app has already helped me more effectively manage my days," says Jacob Dayan, CEO and co-founder of Community Tax.
"For every project completed," Dayan continues, "Toggl calculates how well I've spent my time. As a result, I've learned how to spend my time more efficiently."
If you've found that posting on social media interrupts your workflow, Buffer may help. This social media management platform is on the list of apps for increasing productivity, because it saves you time. Buffer makes it easier to schedule posts across platforms and see how well they performed.
Michelle Garrett, founder and owner of Garrett Public Relations, uses Buffer for herself and her clients.
"I sometimes call Buffer the 'crock pot' of social media, because you can set it up to post when you're not at your computer," says Garrett. "Buffer helps you post consistently, which is important. It's still necessary to respond to comments personally, though."
6. Aiqudo Q Actions
You and your employees most likely have smartphones when you're on the go. The Aiqudo Q Actions voice activation software designed for smartphones interfaces with your favorite apps. It's a natural language voice interface for all mobile apps, supporting many languages.
"The Aiqudo Q Actions app merges and manages all of my apps into one through voice," says Lara Miller, founder of Lara Miller PR.
"For instance, if I ask the app to find me a ride home, Aiqudo automatically pulls up a taxi service and orders me a ride. This means you and your employees don't have to spend time sorting through a million apps on your phones in order to get things done."
Secure password management is vital to the cybersecurity of your company. Yet the number of online accounts and digital tools mounts daily. This tool is a password manager that remembers all of your passwords.
"LastPass is fast becoming one of my favorite apps for increasing productivity," says Christopher Martin, chief marketing officer of FlexMR, an online market research company.
"LastPass makes creating secure passwords and logging in to multiple digital tools quick," says Martin. "By cutting out one or two minutes per online account login, I save up to 30 minutes per day. The mobile app accompanying the online browser extension also ensures I can easily access all my accounts on the go."
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