When it comes to productivity, technology is your friend. Here are my eight favourite apps and tech hacks to save you valuable time.
1. DropBox and Google Drive
Backup and access your files from anywhere with these fantastic file storage systems. What’s more, you can share documents with stakeholders, even if they’re large files you can’t send via email.
2. Evernote and Trello
These apps allow you to sync notes and tasks between your phone, iPad and computer. Trello is a collaboration tool that organises your projects into boards – at a glance you can see what's being worked on and by which team members. Evernote is a free app that helps you to capture all your ideas, thoughts and images by voice, words or images. Also consider Wunderlist for its easy to use interface and reminder system.
3. Focus Booster
Need to nail it? Focus Booster uses the principles of the Pomodoro technique, a time management technique created by Francesco Cirillo in the ‘80s. He used a tomato shaped timer to create time intervals.
4. Audiobooks and podcasts
Are you an aural learner? Some people find it easier to digest information via the spoken word, so audiobooks and podcasts are a great way to use commuting time more effectively. Link your smartphone via bluetooth and listen while you’re driving, exercising or doing less focused tasks.
5. Tape a call
Recording a conversation will undoubtedly save time in note-taking. Apps like Tape A Call allow you to tap a button on your phone to begin recording a call. Or simply use the recording function on your smartphone. You can even send the file straight to rev.com who will transcribe it quickly for $1 (or even less) per minute
6. Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts allow you to use your phone or computer to send an invite and meet via your screen – computer, phone or iPad. Other similar tools include Skype and FaceTime (on Apple products).
Foreceipt is a free app that links with Google Drive to sync the receipt details directly from your phone. If you use an accounting system, like Xero or QuickBooks, they also offer apps to process your expenses easily.
Using an online grammar checker like Grammarly will help you quickly proof client emails, social media posts and articles, while you’re writing. It makes it much easier to create easy to read and mistake free copy, and might even teach you a thing or two about grammar along the way!
Kristy Bartlett is a national franchise manager for learning and development at Loan Market. Kristy’s skills are in business improvement, managing and growing a team and ensuring your business is running as efficiently as possible.
Her role at Loan Market is to ensure that brokers grow successful businesses and have access to the latest training and innovative ideas in the industry.