There are a number of new applications being developed every day that are truly amazing and really support you in leveraging your time. Whatever problem you find yourself facing, there is most likely a tool or application out there to solve it.
1. Do you struggle to keep focused and concentrate?
One of the ways to increase your productivity is to develop the habit of concentrating when you are working. If you are working half heartedly and if your thoughts are somewhere else, it will show up in your work. When you concentrate, you are able to finish the task sooner because you are not influenced by distractions. The quality of your work will also improve considerably because you are devoting all your energy to getting the job done well and doing it right. Concentrating is a voluntary skill, you have to put in the effort. If you find it difficult to focus, try this free app – Focus Booster. This app is designed to assist you in enhancing your focus and removing any anxiety you have with time. It is based on the principles of the pomodoro technique.
2. Would you like to have everything in one place?
Another key to effective time management is to consolidate all your ideas, notes and reminders together so that when you need to access them, it is not a complicated task. What do you do if you suddenly get a brilliant idea, or a thought comes to your mind that you don’t want to forget? What about when you see something you want to refer to later or even hear something that you want to record. If this relates to you, try Evernote. Another amazing free application that allows you to save all your ideas, record your notes to listen to later and capture images with one application. This application works with most computers and mobile devices and syncs them all together. When you return back to the office, you don’t need to go through your phone to find the notes you recorded, they are already waiting for you on your computer. It also has a search feature to speed things up!
3. Do you want to be more organized with your work load?
If you want to be more organized and reach your goals faster, you need to be working with a system. You must have all your projects listed together and a clear idea of the action that you must take to achieve your short term goals. These ‘action steps’ will be the main part of your to-do lists, which you must be working with if you are not. To-do lists need to separated into different lists depending on the categories they fall into. If you find it difficult to manage all your tasks, to work with your to-do lists and to organize your goals, you must check out MyLifeOrganized (MLO) . This is a task management system which helps you to put to put together everything that you should be focusing on to reach your objectives. It generates a to-do list with actions that you need your immediate attention which is generated automatically. It also prioritizes your list so you can focus on the most important tasks first and track your progress. Plus you can also use this on your PC and most mobiles.
If you are struggling to keep ahead with all your work and you find that feeling stressed has become more familiar than feeling organized, you may need to learn some time management skills first. Have a look at ‘The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Time Management’ and learn how to manage your time effectively.