Productivity Tools You Need To Be Using

The old saying, “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it” is a mantra for mediocrity. If you could be doing something more efficiently and save time doing it, isn’t that something worth fixing?

By very definition, good technology is intended to make your life easier. With the invention of the internet, smart phones, and other handy gadgets (august locks, nest), old processes have been completely revamped to be more efficient, more convenient and even more fun.

Imagine if electricity was never invented because carrying candles from room to room worked just fine. It’s easy to laugh at now, but think about how many inefficient things we hold on to just because we are familiar with them already.

It’s no secret that the staff at Less Meeting geeks out to productivity tools. We have seen the positive results of good technology and wanted to share a couple of our favorite tools that make our lives easier:

1) Mailbox

  • We used to get a lot of mail in our front yard mailbox and now we get it all in our email inbox. Mailbox helps organize / prioritize the emails you need to answer first, to make sure nothing slips through the cracks.

2) Trello

  • I love checklists. My wife will make fun of me for excitedly checking items off my list immediately after they are done. With that said, Trello enables the staff at Less Meeting to easily see what each person is working on, as well as add new items in real time. “Trello is anything you want it to be—a lesson planner, a community bulletin, a repository for inspiration.”

3) Ducksboard

  • We set up a monitor in our office that displays important metrics that are useful to know throughout the day. I can simply look up and see any new app purchases, twitter followers, site visits, youtube views, etc. all in one easy / nice-to-look-at interface.

4) Yammer

  • Communication can easily get lost in lengthy company email threads. Yammer allows employees to collaborate on ideas, share information, and organize projects in one place. Event coming in town? New idea for a blog post? Share them on yammer.

5) Evernote

  • Whenever I have a new idea or simply don’t want to forget something important, Evernote is always there for me. I used to keep several notebooks- one on my nightstand, one on my desk, and one at work. Now I have everything conveniently located on my phone or laptop (and I don’t have to re-copy notes over and over). I even use their web clipper to cut out images from websites I like for inspiration.

What other products help your productivity?

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