One time management issue, which most employees dread, are the number of meetings that need to be attended to in a day.
Dublin-based organizational psychologist and consultant Seán Ruth notes that the reason why most staff find meetings a waste of time is because most don’t know the purpose of the meeting, they do not allow themselves to listen and pay attention during the meetings, and they have no way of knowing how to resolve these issues.
Much like succeeding in making meetings work, good time management helps the business reach its targeted goals, complete tasks and projects on time, and most importantly, bring in more profits. What company would not want that?
Fortunately for us these days, time management is made easier and more convenient with advancements in technology. There are countless apps you can use with the less hassle from getting all of it done physically. Here is a list of five apps you may want to try.
Evernote is a very basic time management app that lets you do tons of things with its free version. It can be downloaded from both Apple and Google Play Stores to your smartphone. With this app, you can manage your assignments, tasks, contacts, and appointments from wherever you are, as long as you have your phone with you. You may also create checklists and notes, and access them through any web browser on a desktop computer. By using a central location, you and your team will be able to discuss, coordinate, and exchange ideas on projects. Its paid version gives you additional storage and other exclusive features.
The app is best known, aside from its time tracking feature, of its ease of use and speed. It keeps track of the accurate amount of time each employee spends on projects. Because of this, it enables you to see which are non-profitable projects and workplace distractions, giving you a heads up which projects you should be focusing on and how to maximize your team’s productivity. The tool also comes with a feature that would allow you to categorise reports according to time (day or week), your client names, and projects. You may try put Toggl for free but with limited five users. Its two premium plans offer additional users and more features.
It cannot be denied that while technology has given us convenience and help on so many levels, it is also a source of distraction. Freedom promotes productivity by temporarily disabling networking so you and your team will not be distracted by non-work related apps and websites while working. The tool allows you to either block the apps and websites, or turn off the Internet for a fixed time. It lets you set an estimated time frame when you can work offline. It offers a free basic plan and also premium plans with seven-day trial periods.
You might think that since this tool is popularly used by big global companies like Uber, Samsung, Intel, Tesla, and even NASA, it must be utterly expensive. But no. Asana is very much affordable for small businesses. The app allows you to visually chart your progress with its easy to use platform. It integrates with other applications like Evernote, Google Drive, and more to make your work even more seamless and convenient. Additionally, it is very good for team coordination and collaboration, allowing you to assign tasks and deadlines, and set notification types for any task or project you input.
Asana’s free version is quite generous compared to the other time management tools. It is open for up to fifteen team members where tasks, conversations, projects are unlimited. Its premium offer has additional features that allow your team full collaboration and the price begins at $8.33 per user. They also offer an enterprise version where more features are added to the tool and it works for larger and more complex company setup.
Remember The Milk
The app is an online to-do list that helps you and your team manage and remember tasks. It is available on PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones and smartwatches running on Android, iOS, Linux, and Blackberry platforms. The to-do list in Remember the Milk is broken down into sub-tasks which can be categorized and shared unlimitedly by team members. It can also be integrated with Evernote, Gmail, and Google Calendar. It sends tasks reminders via sms, email, and IM as well. Remember the Milk is free of use, but also offers and pro version with additional features.
Although these products guarantee time-management for the benefit of your business, it is always best to check them out thoroughly with the trial versions, weigh all the pros and cons, before deciding which app is for you, especially when you opt to get the paid version.
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