It shouldn’t come as a surprise to any of you that finding new tools and resources to increase productivity is one of my favorite things to do! It’s amazing how much some of these tools can save time in your day and make room for other, more important things. Not only do I use these tools in my blog and business, but they have revolutionized my personal responsibilities as well. In today’s blog post I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite tools and resources I’ve found to increase productivity.
Trello is a relatively new productivity tool for me, but it’s quickly become essential. I had heard so many people recommend Trello and had tried it a few times but wasn’t able to find a system that really worked for my purposes. Then I took the Trello for Business course from Think Creative Collective (a great deal at $29) and it totally revolutionized the way I use Trello! Now I use it daily for all different parts of my life and business. As an extra bonus, it’s a free tool!
Dropbox is an essential tool for me! I use multiple different computers, so having the ability to access any of my documents or images from any computer, as well as my phone, is definitely a necessity. It’s free up to 5 GB, which is plenty of space for me right now.
Google Drive is my favorite alternative to Microsoft Office. It’s the easiest way for me to create documents or spreadsheets and, similar to Dropbox, I can access those files anywhere. Plus, unline Microsoft Office, it’s totally free!
This is my go-to tool for saving anything from online to check out later like recipes and workouts. I have the Google Extension, so it’s easy to quickly clip anything and go back to it later. And like the others, totally free!
This is a tool that I’ve been using for about a year now, though I’m still not using it to its full potential. The options with it are literally endless, and you can create a recipe for just about anything, or use the ones that others have already created. It makes it easy to push blog posts and social media posts to other platforms, or create recurring tasks in Trello (I love that I can use so many of these tools together!)
Social Media Scheduling
Scheduling my social media posts for my blog is probably the biggest time saver of all for me. It allows me to increase productivity exponentially. If I wasn’t able to schedule my Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest in advance, I would honestly have to spend hours more each week on social media.
–BoardBooster: This has quickly become my favorite Pinterest scheduling tool. You can read here about increasing your Pinterest traffic with BoardBooster, but basically, I use it to circulate my blog post on Pinterest, as well as other people’s blog posts.
–Ahalogy: Ahalogy is a free tool similar to Tailwind that allows me to bulk-schedule pins to be repinned throughout the day at optimal times. I use this to send out about 25 pins each day, and it only takes a few minutes of effort.
–Hootsuite: This is my favorite free tool for scheduling my tweets and Facebook posts in advance. The interface, while not particularly fancy, is super easy to use and you can schedule more posts on the free plan that you’ll ever need.
–Buffer: This is my favorite paid social media scheduler, as an alternative to Hootsuite. While the free plan doesn’t offer enough posts for my purposes, their $10/month plan is excellent! If you can afford the upgrade, this is the one I would go with!
–Revive Old Post: This WordPress plugin allows me to constantly re-circulate my blog posts on Twitter with literally zero effort. Every 4-5 hours it tweets one of my archived blog posts, and this along brings in hundreds of page views for me each month.
This is also a relatively new tool for me, but so far I’m really enjoying it! I used to carry around both a planner and notebook at all times, and it was honestly getting to be a bit much. I love that using a bullet journal, I can have a planner and notebook in one and create a planner system that works best for my needs. I got my current bullet journal from this Etsy shop, because I specifically wanted a spiral notebook.
What are your favorite tools to use to increase productivity?
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