30 Mar 10 Apps to Boost Your Efficiency At Work
10 Apps to Boost Your Efficiency At Work
As a manager, it’s likely your calendar looks like one solid brick of meetings from Monday morning through Friday afternoon. And if that’s the case, you need some tools to keep yourself on top of things. Here are ten of our favorite apps to help super busy people boost their efficiency at work.
Finding it hard to keep up with your professional network? Scrambling to research a company as you’re en route to a meeting with them? Accompany’s your app. Anytime the app detects someone new on your calendar, you’ll get an “Executive Briefing” delivered right to your inbox the night before. It also sends you real-time alerts anytime a professional contact or company you’re following is mentioned in the news, making it easy to stay informed and maintain meaningful connections. Read more about how to keep in touch with your professional network.
With a packed-to-the-brim schedule, you’re probably only able to glance at social media throughout the day. A scroll of real-time headlines is great for keeping yourself abreast of breaking news, but oftentimes, you’ll come across a meatier article you’re interested in reading in its entirety. Pocket lets you save those pieces for later, so you can fully dig in when you have a (rare) free moment.
As your team expands, you’ll need more robust tools to track your their work and manage projects. Enter Asana, which has workflow and project management features catered to different company disciplines—design, marketing, sales, engineering, and finance, to name a few.
We’ve all heard the adage “show, don’t tell.” CloudApp lets you create and share screen recordings and annotated screenshots with your team. It’s a great tool for calling out specific areas of a product or user flow you’d like to see improved (or, if it’s a bug, fixed).
Key to productivity is knowing when you’re most on top of your game—and then doubling down on work at that time (read more about how to improve your productivity here). MoodNotes helps you keep track of your moods and thinking habits so you can optimize your time. It also will help you identify recurrent “thinking traps” and develop the skills and awareness to improve your overall wellbeing.
Email is one of the top productivity killers. It’s all too easy to spend hours on end drowning in your inbox. To save your time (and your team’s), shift conversations over to Slack, which is a far more simple and streamlined method of communication, especially for working groups. Just create channels for different projects and teams, and it’ll be far easier to get everyone on the same page in real-time.
Social media can be dizzying. Hootsuite helps reign it all in. The tool makes it easy to scan comments and engagements across all of your social channels in real time. It’s especially useful if you have a big product launch and want to see how social’s reacting while you’re in a meeting. That way if you see anything that raises a flag (either positive or negative), you can quickly ping (via Slack!) your social media manager.
Conferencing can be a pain, especially when you’re traveling or working remote. Zoom.us helps takes out the friction by offering easy video conferencing solutions from both desktop and mobile. The app also allows you to create collaborative whiteboards, send group texts, and share images and audio files all from within the meeting interface.
Evernote’s a perennial favorite for efficiency-junkies. The app’s a life saver when it comes to organizing important pieces for both your personal and professional life. You can make smart to-do lists, upload pictures (handy for capturing white boards), and store important files.
Accompany (accompany.com) is a relationship intelligence platform for professionals that was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Los Altos, California. Available for mobile, the web, and as a Gmail extension, Accompany’s intelligent, adaptive chief of staff app serves professionals everything they need to know about the important people in their network, anytime they need it. Accompany is funded by CRV, Cowboy Ventures, ICONIQ Capital, and Ignition Partners, and led by Amy Chang, Matthias Ruhl, and Ryan McDonough.