According to The Washington Post, there are many reasons that lost productivity costs the United States almost $ 2 trillion (that’s trillion with a “t”) dollars every year, some of them include:
- Chronic health issues to the tune of around $ 153 billion in lost time
- Commuting costs employers an extra $ 90 billion annually
- Facebook is said to drain $ 28 billion from the workplace
- Fantasy football is sucking almost $ 19 billion from employers
Staying productive can be difficult, but luckily technology is here to lend us a helping hand. It’s like brain candy, consider this as a digital guide to working smarter and living better!
Here are the top ten, free tools to keep you more productive:
1. Easier Emailing with Asana (Android and iOS): Asana takes the hassle out of keeping track of multiple email threads by putting them all in one location. Using the free platform, you can make projects and tasks for up to fifteen people.
2. Shopify’s Free Invoice Generator (available online): Using their online platform, send invoices with Shopify’s free online tool. After entering the information into their template, you can save, print and/or email a professional looking invoice directly to your client.
3. Stay Organized with Trello (available online, for Android and iOS): Using note cards, Trello keeps you better organized and more productive. Open a new card, upload file attachments, make checklists, take notes, add pictures and much more.
5. Put that Article in your Pocket (Android and iOS): No time to read that article at work or you found one at home that you want to access later, enter the Pocket app. Put it in your “Pocket” and it will also store videos, documents and photos.
6. OneNote Office Solution (Android and iOS): This cloud-syncing, note taking app is perfect for collaborating and sharing online, even with multiple users. SkyDrive is another integration feature that works well with Windows 8 users.
7. Post It with Google Keep (Android and available online): Think of Google Keep as your extensive, online Post It Note ® library. This no nonsense notekeeper is more simplistic than other platforms like Evergreen, but still packs a powerful punch.
8. Store it at DropBox (download for Android and iOS): Said to have helped give birth to the online cloud storage system, Drop Box will safely store your documents, files, photos and other important data securely online. You can also share files with others and they can upload additional items into your library.
9. Collect and Share with Quip (Android and iOS): Quip is a great tool for interactive messaging and collaborative editing available in real time. Users can create, share and import documents with a built in side-bar to track down colleagues. With Quip, you can also export into PDF and Office formats.
10. Don’t Forget with Any Do (Android and iOS): To make sure you get everything done, use Any Do to create lists, set reminders, take notes and other features. Don’t be late again or let that important appointment slip your mind.
Get more done with less work by trying some of these popular applications today for free!
Nick Rojas is a business consultant and writer who lives in Los Angeles. He has consulted small and medium-sized enterprises for over twenty years. He has contributed articles to Visual.ly, Entrepreneur, and TechCrunch. You can follow him on Twitter @NickARojas, or you can reach him at [email protected].