Through the day to day activities each of us face, there are countless tasks, errands, nuances, and factors that take up our time. With each new factor or element to our work, new tools and resources are required in order to complete the work in an effective manner.
Because the Web is ever evolving and advancing, tools come out almost daily providing users the flexibility to become more organized and productive in their work. Organization is an essential piece to a productive work-flow. Keeping our work-flows in order can save time and reduce headaches. With this in mind, today we’re presenting you with an extensive, handpicked collection of tools, websites, and apps which boost productivity in their respective areas of work:
Events, Todos, and Calendars
An excellent tool for writers or any creative type, this simple yet powerful app enables you to effectively manage your todos. Wunderlist makes everything easy with online syncing, customizable themes, drag and drop flexibility, and multiple platform support. And yes, it’s free.
The Organized Writer
You’re a busy writer. Tracking submission records should be the least of your concerns. The Organized Writer™ is designed to keep you busy doing what you do best: writing. Track your submissions, manage your contacts, time, income, expenses, documents, and more.
Things – Mac, iPhone, and iPad
Task management has never been this easy. Simplicity, however, is not achieved at the expense of powerful features. Download your free trial today and start getting more things done with less effort.
Maybe you have a Mac at home, a PC at work, an iPhone, and an iPad. MobileMe stores your email, contacts, and calendars — even shared ones — in the cloud and automatically keeps them in sync across all your devices.
Notetaking and Documents
Springnote is an OpenID enabled web application that combines the elements of wiki, word processing, and file organization into an easy, simple, and intuitive user experience.
Keyboard Shortcuts and Quick Launch Apps
Quicksilver – Mac Only
Quicksilver allows you to find what you need quickly and easily, while keeping your hands on the keyboard. For example, if you want to launch an application hidden in the depths of your file system, simply activate Quicksilver with a keystroke, type a few letters of the application’s name, then hit Return or Enter to launch it.
Texter – Windows Only
Unlike software-specific text replacement features, Texter runs in Windows system tray and works in any application you’re typing in. Texter can also set return-to markers for your cursor and insert clipboard contents into your replacement text, in addition to more advanced keyboard macros. Did we mention it’s free?
File Storage, Syncing, and Backup
Dropbox allows you to sync your files online and across your computers automatically.
When you think about it, all the important information in your life is now stored on a computer. Whether it’s photos and music or business documents and financial records, everything is digital. With Mozy, you can make certain our digital life will be there when you need it.
Security and Passwords
1Password can create strong, unique passwords for you, remember them, and restore them, all directly in your web browser.
Keep your passwords safe and secure with LassPass. For support for almost any browsers and OS, it makes an excellent tool for keeping all of your passwords safe and easily accessible wherever you are.
Social Media and Communication
Never miss an update with HootSuite’s multiple streams feature. Organize your social networks into friends, news, search terms, keyword tracking – whatever you like!
Every minute of every day, millions of people around the world use Skype to keep in touch – for free.
Which Tools Do You Use?
As always, we would love to hear which apps you use to make your work-flow more productive. Feel free to leave us a comment to share your time-saving tips, or simply to let us know what you thought about the article.
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