Do you wish for a little more time during your workday? If yes, you’re not alone. For many of us, time runs far too fast to accomplish anything significant during the day. 41% of Americans say they lack the time to finish everything on their to-do list.
What can we do to alleviate this problem? One solution is to improve efficiency and productivity, which will leave you feeling accomplished instead of defeated at the end of the day. Thankfully, there are plenty of applications on the market today that can help you do just that. Here are 5 apps to get you started into a more productive future.
1. Receipt Tracker
If you track your expenses through receipts, like many small businesses, you likely have trouble keeping up with them. At tax time, pulling your hair out and digging through files is not conducive to a productive business, so be proactive and store your receipts digitally.
Receipt Trackers are usually free mobile apps that capture an image of your receipt, take the information from the picture, and store it in a database to be used during tax season. Although simple, you will be blessing this app when you get to enter receipt information into accounting software without any paper copies.
2. Project Management Software
Project Management is a must when it comes to team coordination. If you want to save time on mishaps and meetings that occur when multiple people work without guidelines, you should invest in team project management tools.
Project management ensures that every team member is working on tasks that are geared specifically toward the goal at hand for the organization. Project management applications will allow you to distribute tasks to team members, set deadlines, and create reports quickly. If you want a smooth operation with minimal fuss, project management tools are for you.
3. Contact Management Software
Contact management is a form of CRM (customer relationship management) that allows you to track your clients, buyers, and partners; not only do you store their contact information, but also interaction information, like their rate of purchase, their average spending with you, and recent emails.
If you hate fiddling with contact information while sending emails, or if you want a more integrated system to track your interactions with possible buyers, CM could save you time and money while trading with other professionals.
4. Company Forum Board
In addition to Project Management, a collaboration software can also be extremely useful for team coordination. Consider establishing a company forum board: employees can ask questions, answer questions, and connect with relevant professionals within the company to solve problems quickly. No longer will you have to email three people for an answer to one question.
Simply post the question, get the answer from another employee, and now that information is available for anyone with the same question. This form of collaboration is especially useful if you want to save time on communication and increase the spirit of collaboration within your company. The forum board acts as the internal knowledge base for the company that any employee can interact with, at any time.
5. Mailing Lists
Many companies advertise by sending promotional emails to possible clients. If you currently send promotional emails to a large number of addresses, you should be interested in an application that keeps track of email addresses, templates and sending schedules. With many mailing applications, you can set up emails for certain events, like a subscription to a service, an item left behind in an online cart, and more. Email is still a powerful tool, but sending out individual emails and managing them yourself is a hassle that can be saved by mailing list applications.
Technology can implement your business processes and improve efficiency. With the help of these applications, you will no longer fear the 5 PM clock out time: you got everything on your to-do list done.