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Five Tools to Make Your Day More Productive

By: Guest | November 15, 2011 | 
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underwood Today’s guest post is written by Brankica Underwood

If there is one thing you cannot use as an excuse for being unproductive today, it is lack of time.

No, I am not going to magically make your day last 25 hours.

But I will tell you how to get the most out of your day.

With all the technical developments out there, you can make use of the time you would otherwise waste. So if you are blogging or doing any kind of writing, here are some tips on how to get more done.

What You Will Need

  1. One Apple product such as an iPad or iPhone.
  2. Dropbox account (with the free app).
  3. Evernote account (with the free app).
  4. Free SimpleMind+ app.
  5. Writings app because it syncs with Dropbox.

Get the Most Out Of These Tools

These are pretty much all the tools you need to keep up with your reading, writing, ideas, and productivity.

Writings app is a simple application you can use to write. You can create different folders (workspace) in which you will keep documents written for that project. So you can create folders like “My blog,” “Freelance project for John,” “My fiction book,” and then file different documents under each of those.

You can sync these documents to Dropbox straight from the app. So when you are at your computer and want to continue work, you can just open your Dropbox account and fetch all the stuff you wrote.

Use Evernote to save the posts you want to read later. You can also use Instapaper app for this, but it will cost you $4.99. You can save post ideas, industry news, and more.

Using SimpleMind+ can help you keep your thoughts in order. It is a mind map app and there are many ways to use it. If you read something interesting in Evernote, and get an idea for a post, put it in the mind map, then extend a few more branches in it with your thoughts and start drafting the post in Writings app. Sync it with Dropbox and you are ready to go; all of this and the one Apple product I mentioned above. 

Using These Tools

Here are just some of the ideas on how to use those few extra minutes you would otherwise waste: In the subway going to and from work; while you are parked in front of your kid’s school, waiting for him/her to finish class; while waiting those 10 minutes it takes to bake chocolate chip cookies; or sitting at the waiting room in your doctor’s office.

Add all the five and 10 minute time slots you waste every day and I am sure you will come up with at least an hour of time you can work on your writing projects or mind mapping ideas for your business.

I just hope you are not the type that needs peace and quiet and special environment to focus. In that case this won’t work and you are… on your own.

Brankica Underwood is a social media sharp shooter who helps small businesses, bloggers, and freelancers gain followers and sales and build better websites. Connect with her on Google+.

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