Tools to Step up Your Productivity

On 2 Jul, 2012 By With 5 Comments

Are you struggling with your productivity? I know I am.

Everyday we start our day positively determined that every task for today will be done, yet after the day was done and looking back, we realized that we accomplished nothing or not so much.

The reason that we are not productive is we are not aware of the things that makes us unproductive. We always tend to be distracted by our friend on Facebook, or a tweet, a new viral video, email from a client and the list goes on.

The problem is that these distractions add up to our time when we are supposed to be working productively. The reason we didn’t noticed this is because we do not measure our productivity.

‘Measurement is the first step that leads to control and eventually to improvement. If you can’t measure something, you can’t understand it. If you can’t understand it, you can’t control it. If you can’t control it, you can’t improve it.’ –  Dr. H. James Harrington

How to measure our productivity

You can measure your productivity by using some tools / apps that will automate and track your progress each day. When I am looking for a tool to track my productivity, I list and compare them to one another until I find the one that suites for my needs.

Here are the list of tools.

OroTimesheet - allows you to keep track of the time spent on each project by your employees. It also allows you to manage your timesheets, project costs, expenses, budgets and invoices in a simple and secure environment.

MrTickTok - It takes only few seconds to report your daily work with our straightforward interface. It is even simpler then writing a message on twitter.

Dooster - An online project management, task collaboration and business admin tool designed to save you and your business from being overwhelmed by your tasks, appointments and emails while keeping important data, like contacts, schedules, emails and documents always close to hand and under one roof.

GoalsOnTrack – A personal success system that will help you really accomplish goals by getting the right things done.

HourPatch -Makes it simple to plan your work schedule, so you can know your availability, easily track hours, and generate invoices.

RescueTime - Helps you figure out the answer by showing you how you spend your time on the computer.

Highrise - Go beyond just storing phone numbers, addresses and email addresses. They also can store notes for each contact, phone calls made, meetings held, and tasks that need to be done. If you do extensive work with some of your contacts, these tools will be useful.

Intervals – A web-based project management software that marries time tracking and task management in a collaborative online space with powerful reporting.

Toggl - A time tracking and billing software. Lifehacker like this a lot!

Desktime - A real-time automatic time tracking software that tracks and analyzes your productivity by sorting the different applications that you or our employees use into the categories “productive”, “unproductive” or “neutral”. It runs quietly and unobtrusively in the background, requiring no user input.

Been using Desktime for a while now, and my productivity went up 80%. Finally I can measure my productiviy :) One thing it lacks I guess is the billing and client hierarchy feature.

Hope it can help you measure and increase your productivity. Let’s be productive everyday! ;)

If you’re using a different tool / app that’s not on the list please add it in the comments below, I am eager to hear what you’re using.

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