3 Awesome Apps for Organization
Everyone knows that high productivity is based on one major factor: organization. If your desk is a mess, your inbox number is outrageous, and you can’t keep track of anything, your productivity will suffer. In this age of technology, there are so many things that can help you keep it all together so that you can work at your highest level. Here are three awesome apps that will help you keep your work organized!
Trello is an online organizational board that allows you to create projects, tasks, and lists, collaborate with your team, and track your progress. It offers so much and can be customized to your needs. In your account (which can be a business or personal account), you can create cards for projects where you then add comments, upload file attachments, create checklists, add labels and due dates, and more. You can add colleagues to a card or board so that they can collaborate and communicate with you about a project.
Within your cards, you can even start a discussion with a colleague via comments and attachments. By mentioning a member in a comment, you can make sure they get notified via the app alerts, Google Chrome plugin alerts, or email. Additionally, you can add files by uploading them from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive. This way, everything is all in one place, along with your communications, so no one will miss a beat.
Trello can be used on your desktop computer or laptop, or on any mobile device via their easy-to-use app. Get your projects organized in a place that is easy to visualize and access, and get your team connected with this sweet app.
If you are a freelancer or independent contractor who bills hourly, it can be tough to truly keep track of how much time you spend on each project, which means you aren’t billing for all of your time. Toggl solves that problem by helping you get your time-tracking under control and organized for each project.
Toggl allows you to track your time with a single click through their desktop app, mobile app, or browser extensions. It can start and stop automatically, remind you to turn it off if it has been idle a while, or remind you to turn it on if you’ve forgotten. You can set up projects, clients, and tasks in your account, to be sure that nothing gets missed, and specify which parts are billable and for how much. That way, when you are all done and ready to invoice, you have an exact report of how much time you spent on each item. Additionally, if your client wants a full report, you can export a beautiful version for them to see.
While all of these features helped fan my fire for this app, there is one major piece that put it over the top: an extension that connects it to Trello. Yes, that’s right. Via the Toggl extension, you have the ability to go right into a Trello card and hit a button that starts a Toggl timer for your task. You can even set the project it is for in the Trello card. This truly allows you to have everything all in one place, so it is extremely hard to get unorganized.
With so many combines suffering data breaches and hacking attacks, it is critical for all businesses to keep their files secure. However, you don’t want a clunky old system that is only for on-premises work, or something that doesn’t have the encryption you need when you’re mobile. Egnyte offers solutions for everything.
Egnyte is a secure, smart content collaboration and governance system. They offer two different, but equally great, products: Egnyte Connect and Egnyte Protect.
Egnyte Connect is a secure file sharing service that allows you to save and share the information you need anywhere, anytime. You can create content from all of your favorite apps and devices, collaborate with your colleagues and customers, and securely access your content that is stored on any cloud or on-premises storage from the app.
Egnyte Protect is a cloud-based content governance solution that provides you with tools to protect your employee and customer privacy, intellectual property, and confidential information. The system finds where your sensitive content is and enforces your access policies to maximize your control and security. This allows you to assure your customers that their credit card numbers, personal information, social security numbers, and other sensitive content are safe and protected.
What is so great about Egnyte is that you can get everything you need all in one place. You can have a secure file sharing system in the cloud that is user-friendly, easy to set up, and simple to keep organized. And when you’ve got all of your information on the system, you can set up a secure content governance solution to make sure that your company’s information and your customers’ sensitive content is safe from hackers. With all of these pros, this is an app that you need to have.
While these are clearly not the only apps out there to help you get, and stay, organized, they are great tools to get you going. By combining the use of all three, you will be able to really focus your attention, track properly, and stay in constant communication with your team. With these new found abilities, you will increase your productivity immensely!
Abby Yetter is the CEO and Chief Consultant of Bright Ideas Small Business Solutions, LLC. She is a driven, enthusiastic businesswoman, with a talent for organizing the chaotic, and branding the unfamed. Abby strives to use her creativity, and experience, to solve the many problems of small businesses. With a background based in customer service management, social media, technological organization, sales, marketing, and customer experience specialties, she enjoys taking everyday complications, and finding the newest, most productive ways to execute the tasks.All stories by: Abby Yetter