Sites that will increase your productivity

Increasing productivity is something every professional thrives for. It is hard to keep track of all the emails in multiple mailing platforms. Especially, when there are multiple mails within a single platform. As if that was not enough, there are also so many flashy and appealing contents available in the internet. It is hard to concentrate on work and execute them effectively and efficiently!

Today we will look into some sites that will help us demagnetize the magnetizing effect of some very tempting sites and manage our assets better.

 

PostBox

PostBox is the ultimate mail management system. It allows you to add all of your accounts in one system. This will allow you to zip through all your email accounts.

The conventional use of email dictates you to hop from one site to another and manage them individually. With PostBox, you can have all your emails in one place.

Let’s see how you can do this.

Step 1: Install and open PostBox Express. Link to the download page.

Step 2: Choose options in the Tools Menu.

Step 3: Click on the Add mail account in the Add dropdown in the popup window.

Step 4: Enter login credentials and click on Next.

Step 5: Hit the finish button.

Another mail is added!

End Result: Multiple accounts at one place!

Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey is a tool that helps you keep demons of your social media down. With Cold Turkey, you can set the time interval at which the sites you want are blocked. This feature is available to premium users only. The ones who use the free version have to block the site until a specified date and time. The action is not irreversible!

Todoist

Todoist is a straight forward site. It allows you to create a To Do List. The site allows you to prioritize your task. They have four different level of priority- priority 1, 2, 3 and 4. They also let you view the activities that need to be done according to the priority you set to them. And if you are working in a team and someone assigns you a task, it can also be viewed in the filter. This is one of the features that I personally like.

The only downside is that they let the reminder to only premium users.

Rescue Time

Rescue Time is a very interesting site. It tracks the time you spent in different sites and gives you a detailed report at the end of the day. Then you can look into your activity log and determine where it is that you must improve to be more productive.

The premium version can block sites, send alerts and track time offline.

HootSuite

Hoot Suite lets you manage your social media accounts from a single platform for better social media management. This tool is best suited for the social media marketers than it is for common people. The tool provides you a detailed analytics report and engagement reports.

Trello

Trello is project management software. It lets you create teams to work on a project. The team members are then assigned different tasks. This is done by creating a card under the list inside a board. When the task is finished, the employee to whom the task was assigned labels it as “Done”. S/he might have to move it to a different list named “Complete”.

When a project is complete, you can close the board or even delete it permanently.

Slack

Slack is a complete tool for team collaboration. You can communicate with your team members, share files and edit them on Slack itself! Many people question what slack actually was made for (credit to its all in one application).

This tool is very handy specially when editing files. Two persons might be working on the same file decreasing the overall efficiency of the team. With slack, there is no such problem. And it is free! It has a web app from where anything can be done. But if you want a desktop app for yourself, you are in luck. They also have the desktop version waiting to be downloaded by you!

Unroll me

When it comes to subscription management, this has got to be one of the best site/app. It can be really annoying and time consuming to go through the mail- most of which happen to be subscriptions from social sites, service providers and apps that you used.

The subscriptions are typically divided as Rollup (list of sites from which you want emails- similar to white listing), Unsubscribed (don’t need to do anything more) and Inbox (neutral-it’s like you haven’t done anything to it).

If you want to get rid of subscription emails that you don’t like anymore, certainly give unroll me a try.

Pomodoro Technique

This is an age old technique that you might actually be using. But you might not have known that it is called The Pomodoro Technique. This technique encourages taking short interval after working an interval of time. The original inceptor of the technique, Francesco Cirillo divided time frame into intervals of 25 minutes work and 5 minutes breaks.