Saving Time & Getting Productive

Recently I’ve been spending some time figuring out ways to get better organized and more productive. What I discovered is 3 very useful tools to help.

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The first is Dashlane. I’ve known for a while that I needed to take my online security more seriously. I need to learn more about how virtual private networks could help me, but for now Dashlane is helping me.

It’s an online password generator and manager. There’s a free plan and a paid plan. I got a year of the premium service free but can already see the value in paying the $40 yearly fee when my trial is up. It’s already saved me a ton of times and made my online accounts more secure. You can learn more about what Dashlane has to offer in the Saaswards article. You might find it just as useful as I did.

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The next way I’m getting organized and getting more done is by utilizing IFTTT. It’s a computerized way to organize and automate just about any task you can think of.

IFTTT stands for If This Then That which can be easily translated to tasks: If This happens Then That should happen. I scan through their website searching for new ways (recipes) that I can utilize the service the way a shoe fan scrolls through Zappos!

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IFTTT is free. Here are just a few of the ways it’s helping me out:

Whenever I share a a picture on Instagram I have IFTTT tweet it out. If you use Instagram’s built in Twitter sharing it just shares a link. IFTT shares your picture… so it’s likely to get seen more.

I also use IFTTT to track the hours I spend at work and to remind me if I have missed phone calls to return. These examples barely scratch the surface of what you can do with IFTTT. You really need to check it out for yourself!

The other piece in my getting organized puzzle is Todoist. Todoist is a way to create lists of tasks and mark them off as you complete them. This is right up my ally as I like lists almost as much as I like checking things off lists.

There are iOS and Android apps as well as Chrome browser extensions so you’ll always have your tasks with you. One thing that Todoist does is to ad a gaming element to your lists with karma points.

The more tasks you do and the more consistent you are in doing them the higher your karma points go. I’ve only been using Todoist for a few days but I will say this has kept me motivated.

Todoist has both free and paid premium plans. I just started a free 6 month trial of the premium plan and already plan on paying the $29 yearly fee when my trial is up.

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These are some of the ways I’m getting organized and getting more done. What are some of the tips and tricks you use?

(BTW, the way I’ve gotten free trials of Dashlane, Todoist, and several other online options is though AppSumo.)

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