It is amazing how much time we waste on a daily basis. Aside the inexpedient moments such as the many hours we spend in the Lagos traffic, in needless meetings and to sleep, we also spend a good part of our “working time” doing no work really.
For many reasons. First, there are lots of thing you do during the course of a day that you never planned to do. Then there are things you planned to do but end up doing them for a longer time than was planned. Finally, there are tiny habits that you keep that take little minutes that can be hours when put together at the end of the day.
Perhaps, you have tried to keep your schedules religiously week-in, week-out and failed, I suggest you leverage technology to help improve your efficiency.
Here, I have shared a list of apps that you can have on your mobile gadgets that will save you some useful hours at the end of the week.
This is a great alternative to time-sheets if you need to track how much time you spend on different projects. Effective time management starts with being clear on exactly how much time you actually spend on your projects and tasks, and then analyze how you can manage them more effectively.
If you desire to save time, your starting point should be measuring the average time you spend daily on all activities. This way you can decide which do not deserve your attention.
Evernote is a free productivity tool that allows you capture all your ideas, thoughts and images in many different formats like voice, notes or images. You can even record your meetings, interviews, speeches and ideas, create lists, add voice or text attachments and share your files with friends.
The fascinating feature of Evernote is that you can hand-write some ideas and include it in your Evernote with the handwriting feature. This will come in handy when you do not have the time to type (you know).
Check this out if you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists and to organize your goals. This task management system helps you target what you should be focusing on to reach your objectives.
It automatically generates to-do lists with priority actions for your immediate attention so that you can track your progress methodically. Talk about taking control of your life on your mobile phone.
Come to think of it, how many minutes/hours do you spend punching card details into your phone after some networking events? How many yet to be documented cards do you have in your drawer/table?
Well, CamCard has been designed to help you reap vital data from those cards without breaking a sweat. All you have to do is take a picture of the card and the app will capture the details you need at once. You will have the opportunity to edit before they are saved.
CamCard also allows you how to extract your saved cards to your phone contact directly. You can also save on the cloud straight up. You can also exchange with your friends!
So, save your time going forward.
Sometimes, we waste as much as the whole day figuring out what password we used for an account. And, it is not always funny. In this age of advised unpredictability, having a uniform password for all your accounts is not advisable too.
But, LastPass always helps you keep all your login codes on a single platform. Here is how it works: you install into your browser and it saves all your login codes whenever you login into a new account. Subsequently, it will auto-generate it for you.
In the end, the LastPass login details are the only ones you should memorize because it will aut0-supply the rest for you. LastPass also allows you to share as many details as you deem fit with other team members.
This saves you time when you forget your passwords and need to retrieve them. It also allows you to use various passwords so you don’t compromise on security.
When you are surfing the web, it is so easy to get distracted by enticing websites. Sometimes you plan to just check something on Twitter or Instagram and voila, you are migrating from one trend to another.
Sometimes you are in the middle of something and you find something fantastic you should check out. With Pocketfree, you can save your ‘finds’ to access and read later on at a convenient time which will not impact your work.
PocketFree has an add-on on many browsers that allows you to add a page to your list by simply clicking on the PocketFree icon. You can add a page to your PocketFree on the desktop and read on mobile later as well.
There are many times you want to send an email but the time is not just right. You may have to keep the message in “draft” until you are ready. Sometimes you forget. And, when you don’t, it is a huge burden to drag along.
With Boomerang, you can Schedule an email to be sent later. You can also use Boomerang to take messages out of your inbox until you actually need them (weed out distractions).
Bonus: Boomerang also reminds you if you don’t hear back from a respondent when you expect so you won’t miss any important update. And, it is available on mobile too!
NB: It is only available for Gmail users.
Truly, technology will save you enough time if properly utilised. But, I must warn you: all these will not make a significant difference if you do not have the discipline to use them.
Now go and save yourself some time!
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