MAKE YOUR LIFE IN 2018 EASIER WITH THESE 5 TOOLS
For the past 10 Years or so, technology has become such vital part of our daily lives with the rise of powerful computers, laptops, tablets and the fancy smartphones as we know it. The very purpose of technology in the very beginning was meant to make human lives better, easier and faster.
Let’s be honest with ourselves for a moment, don’t you think our lives today are so consumed and overwhelmed by technology itself that as much as things are much easier, faster and in many ways better but yet it made us more hectic, more stressful and more disorganized sometimes.
If your resolution or goals for this year is to optimize your life or some of you calls it “Getting My Shit Together” to be more organized, I would like to introduce to you these 5 tools which I’ve started using. Not only it helped make my life ‘easier’ but it gives me more clarity in planning my day-to-day so that I can have better focus on achieving my goals be it personal or career.
Here are The 5 Tools I Use
TRY IT FOR FREE: https://trello.com/chualeo/recommend
Trello is a highly visual online tool (if you’re stimulated by visual like myself, you’ll love it) and it is pretty dope. It helps teams collaborate and keep track of projects using kanban-style management. You can bend this flexible tool to your personal needs whether is for the planning of your weekly to-do, Social Media Content Planning, Ideas generating or for your school assignments or project management, it may be less powerful than other project management applications but it should help you get the job done.
A Trello board is basically a web page containing lists laid out horizontally on the page so you can get a bird’s eye view of your project. Items within the lists, called cards, can be dragged and dropped onto other lists or reordered within lists.
Individual cards themselves can contain checklists, images, attachments, deadline dates, colored labels, and discussion notes from others who share the board. You can have as many boards as you want—one for “New Project,” for example, one for “Business Ideas,” and so on.
Think sticky notes you arrange on a cork board, so in this case, the cards are like digital sticky notes that are searchable, shareable, and come with reminders. You can also create cards via email.
Trello works for me because I tend to think very visually, and images and colored labels register with my brain better than plain text. It’s one of those few apps that actually balances both a simple, elegant user interface and powerful, flexible features.
Toggl is a cloud-based project management solution that specializes in time tracking.
With Toggl, users can track time in real time. Users switch Toggl on, and a timer begins to run. This timer tracks billable hours. Time can be tagged by project or any other filter. If users forget to switch Toggl on, they can manually enter time later.
Toggl allows users to start out with simple time tracking and later set up user rights and project setup. Users can track time logged by all of their team members. Reports can be generated that show how long team members spent on different projects, how much total time each team member spent working and progress toward team goals.
Zappier is an online tool that helps non-technical people connect apps and services they use and carry out automated functions. The automation or commands have an “if this, then that” structure.
“If I write a new blog post on chualeo.com (WordPress), save a copy of that file to Google Drive.”
The real selling point of this automation (which Zapier calls Zaps) is that you don’t need to know a lick of code to create them. A new update to the service makes Zaps possible between three or more apps and services, whereas you used to be limited to just two.
TRY RESCUE TIME FOR FREE: https://www.rescuetime.com/ref/1748361
RescueTime is a time management & productivity software company founded in 2008. The RescueTime app runs in the background of your devices tracking, measuring and automatically categorizing your activity.
Technically, you could do that with a spreadsheet but RESCUE TIME takes the manual tracking of time and makes it painless and automatic so that you actually track your time so that – you can be aware of time use.
whether you are paid hourly or not, your time is your only non-renewable resource. If you are going to manage anything, it should be your time.
Since almost all my professional priorities are on a computer – time management software (ie, RescueTime) is a core part of that. RescueTime watches which windows currently have activity, look at the window name, and times the activity in that window. It’s always running in the background – always watching.
They do have a few features that use the tracking feature in an interesting way. For example, the Get Focused! feature blocks distracting sites and/or apps from running when selected.
They have goals and alerts that allow you to decide what you want to happen when X happens – and RescueTime will do that based on what it’s tracking.
TRY IT FOR FREE: https://lastpass.com/f?53736492
With so many sites, apps and services requiring the use of a password, and our memories being a little limited, there is the temptation to either use simple, easy to remember passwords, or keep using the same password over and over again. Both are massive security risks, and LastPass offers itself up as a solution.
The idea behind the tool is very simple. Rather than having to manually type your passwords for websites, LastPass can do it for you; it even allows you easily log into multiple accounts. All of your login details are saved in a vault, secured with a master password.
The same idea is extended to web forms so you can save yourself from having to manually type your address, credit card details and other common pieces of personal information.
With the 5 TOOLS I am hoping that they will SUPERCHARGE your life and helped you achieve your goals by managing all the routine nitty-gritty for you. If you find the tools useful and would love to share with me how they’ve impacted your life, please feel free to share it with me.