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12 Productivity Tools That Will Save You Time

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Hello February! Now that 2016 is fully underway – let’s get down to business (literally!) If you’re a business owner, chances are spare time isn’t something you have a lot of (am I right?) I know that is true with me!

Even if juggling tasks isn’t one of your greatest skills, I promise these 12 productivity tools will cut some downtime into your schedule. Most of these tools aren’t just for business owners, either. The best part? The majority of these tools are FREE! So let’s go ahead and dive right in!

MailChimp

For avid newsletters and invite senders, MailChimp is a serious time saver. The site not only allows you to create mailing lists, but provides analytics on who opens what emails. With this info you know exactly what content and subjects are drawing people in and what content isn’t as interesting to your readers. [WEBSITE]

Google Hangouts

In today’s society – it’s pretty common to have co-workers spread out across the country or continent. Google Hangouts makes it easy to facilitate cross-country work relationships – even if you’re hundreds of miles apart. You can share screenshots, chat about upcoming projects or just plain chat!

Asana

A tool for clients, managers, and your team, Asana is the ultimate organization tool. With an easy checklist aesthetic, Asana allows you and your team to stay on top of your projects no matter where you are all located. I use this program to detail out my daily to-do tasks. This keeps me accountable and has all items I need to accomplish in one place. [WEBSITE]

Google Drive

Google Drive is the safest place for you to store your files where they can easily be accessed from your phone, tablet or computer. Google Sheets & Docs have become my new best friend. They are free to use and can easily be shared with anyone. No need to have Microsoft Word anymore! Score!

Dropbox

We’ve all heard the stories – be it a tipped glass of water or a misplaced laptop important documents weren’t backed up and disappeared forever. Backing up your computer can be a nuisance too. Dropbox is an easy tool that helps you keep your documents safe and secure. Install Dropbox and it backs your documents up automatically as soon as you make a change! Dropbox is accessible from any computer too – perfect for on the go.

Latergramme

It’s no secret Instagram is a marketing gold mine – your brand can reach potential clients at any hour of the day and I must say is my favorite social platform. One of the downsides is that it’s hard to keep up with the instancy of Instagram. Latergramme allows you to schedule Instagrams for multiple accounts ahead of time. I had been searching for an app just like this for what seemed like months! I am hooked! [WEBSITE]

Google Analytics

This tool analyzes where your readers are spending the most time – be it a certain blog post or what product of yours is getting the most attention. Google Analytics also analyzes the location of visitors, whether they are on tablet or desktop, and the percentage of new vs existing viewers.

Canva

For those of you without an extensive graphic design background who still want to have a killer social media field – Canva is a must-use tool. Canva allows anyone to create simple, clean images perfectly sized to social media proportions. I must admit, the photo at the top of this post was created in canva! 🙂 [WEBSITE]

Pinterest

For some, Pinterest may seem like an unnecessary social media effort. About 45% of my traffic to Uniquely Women comes from Pinterest. I pin my own images along with engaging and creating a community on this social platform.

Gmail

This one may be pretty obvious, but believe it or not there are still some people who still use Hotmail (shudder.) Gmail’s platform is no-fail. The inbox is reliable and works well on android and apple devices. I create labels on my emails to easily categorize who and what they are about and how quickly I need to answer them.

IFTTT

IFTT creates a photo thread between your Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox and other platforms. You create what are called “recipes” to make life easier. For instance – every time I post to Instagram, IFTTT takes that post and posts it also to my Twitter Account – in that particular “recipe.” It saves me oodles of time daily. [WEBSITE]

Hootsuite

Hootsuite is the be all and end all of time management helpers. It allows you to post to Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linkedin even Instagram – all from one webpage! It also allows you to track mentions and keywords as well as a host of applications and extensions. Hootsuite is free up to 3 social media accounts. [WEBSITE]

With these tools in your arsenal, there’s no doubt you can add a few moments of freedom back into your chaotic schedule. These 12 tools will help you stay organized, and stay streamlined! Do you have any tools that make your life a breeze? Let us know in the comments below!

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