10 Free Tools for Enhancing Productivity

Find yourself wishing for more hours in the day? If you’re a budding business or an SME, it can be hard to redeem the valuable time that’s whiled away doing tedious accounting tasks or checking emails. These 10 tools aim to enhance your productivity so that you’ve got more stretch for other, perhaps more important, daily tasks!

Remember The Milk

Remember The Milk is a ‘smart to-do app for busy people’! This handy app will allow users to manage tasks from a computer or smartphone, both online and offline. It gives you the ability to create multiple task lists, with the option to include a location via an integrated Google Maps feature. You’ll never forget anything again with Remember The Milk.

Wunderlist

Wunderlist is especially useful when it comes to managing multiple projects at once. You’ll be able to share your to-do lists, reminders, deadlines etc. as well as work collaboratively on any number of projects with whoever you like. Teamwork made easier.

Evernote

Forget Post-its or bookmarked web pages, Evernote captures all your ideas, notes and lists, and keeps them in one handy location. Capture a note once and it instantly saves on all of your devices – you never have to worry about where you’ve saved something because it’ll be everywhere you go! Evernote also lets you share big ideas by collaborating seamlessly with co-workers in a group notebook.

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Boomerang

Email reminders, a clutter-free inbox, follow-ups, scheduled emails – Boomerang does all of this and more! Schedule emails to be sent at any time of the day, any day of the week. Save time trawling through your inbox and make sending and receiving emails a much more efficient process. Boomerang also lets you take messages out of your inbox until you actually need them – click the Boomerang button when you have an email open, and choose when you need it again. At the time you’ve chosen, Boomerang will bring it back to your inbox, marked unread or starred. Boomerang is available on Mobile and Android, too, so you can write and schedule emails on the move.

Trello

Trello comprises boards, lists and cards, all of which enable you to organise and prioritise your projects in a flexible and fun way. You can add comments, attachments or links directly onto Trello cards, which means you’ll be able to work collaboratively from beginning to end. Trello stays in sync across all of your devices so you can use it wherever you go.

Connecteam

A branded employee app that makes managing your business a whole lot easier, Connecteam lets you manage and supervise your employees with a unique bank of features. You’ll also be able to receive real-time visibility on employee performance and streamline your business to save costs. Features include company’s policy, checklists, chat, courses, training, payments, shift management, and much more!

Asana

Asana is a web and mobile application specifically designed to help teams track their work. It was founded by Dustin Moskovitz and ex-engineer Justin Rosenstein in 2008, who both worked on improving the productivity of employees at Facebook. Asana’s features allow you to hit deadlines, run productive meetings and track leads, bugs or even job applicants.

Pocket

Save important things for later – put them in your pocket! Pocket, available on desktop, mobile and tablet, lets you save directly from your browser or from apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite.

Hemingway

Hemingway is a proofreading tool that spots any errors in your writing, whilst also suggesting improvements. There’s a free online version, or you can download it as a standalone version for under £10. The Hemingway editor highlights common problems that can get in the way of clear, concise writing, e.g. complex words or phrases, long sentences, too many instances of passive voice. It’ll colour code each potential error, so you can assess each one individually.

FreshBooks

FreshBooks makes your accounting tasks easy and fast. Send invoices, track time, and capture expenses in just a few minutes. FreshBooks claims that its customers save up to two days per month on invoicing, and customers are paid an average of five days faster. Some of FreshBooks’ features include creating professional-looking invoices (complete with your own logo), accepting credit cards and getting paid faster, generating reports such as profit and loss and tax summaries, and much more.

So, if you’re lacking in motivation or just need a hand squeezing a few more precious hours into the day, then these 10 productivity tools should do the trick!

Do you have a favourite productivity tool? What helps you get organised or inspired? Let us know in the comments below! 


Disclaimer: Please note that all of the above are considerations, not recommendations. By writing about them, Business Takeaways is by no means endorsing these services or companies.