• Ryan Malinowski- how to save an hour a day

    How To Save An Hour A Day- 4 Productivity Tools You’ll Love

    If you’re like me, you spend a lot of time each day on your computer (laptop, PC, tablet).

    Regardless of what kind of device you use……….being productive is essential.

    Time is your #1 resource……..

    The more productive you are, the more you’ll get done.

    These 4 tools/apps will allow you to save more time each day, hence allowing you to spend more time doing what you want to (working out, watching House of Cards, petting your cat/dog while eating popcorn).

    Lastpass

    Last pass- online productivity

    If there’s an area that eats away a chunk of time from people on their computers, it’s password problem related.

    A majority of internet users have a terrible system in place when it comes to managing their passwords. Some have an old excel sheet with all their passwords listed…. others use their birthday as their password for everything.

    NOOO…these are both bad ideas.

    You no longer have to do such a thing….

    Lastpass is a free password management service which stores your passwords encrypted in the cloud. All of your passwords are then protected by a master password that only you have access to.

    You no longer have to reminder “penguin1234” or that old password you never seem to remember.

    Once you’re logged in, Lastpass autofills & automates password entering for you.

    Last Pass also has cross platform availability to use on your smart phone as well.

    Once you give it a try, you’ll be hooked!

    Feedly

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    Nielsen reported earlier this year that the average American adult spends roughly 11 hours of their day on gadgets (smart phones, computers, iPods, you name it)

    We are constantly bombarded with information all day…EVERY DAY.

    With all this information being thrown at us, we tend to lose focus on the actual absorption of valuable information.

    Have you ever logged onto Facebook for a minute only to realize a half hour just went by reading aimless statuses/articles?

    WE ALL HAVE……

    Feedly is a personalized news aggregator.

    What does it do: compiles newsfeed from a variety of online sources for the you to then personally customize & share with others.

    You only view news/media that you intentionally want to be informed on.

    If your favorite business sites display new articles that day, they will beautifully display in your feed.

    Feedly lets me selectively absorb news without overwhelming myself with the fluff out their on the internet.

    Definitely give it a try if you want to save time!

    Evernote

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    On the surface, Evernote seems pretty simple, but it’s so much more than just a great note taking application.

    We all lead busy lives……therefore jotting down notes & remembering daily events at a later time is indispensable.

    Put simply, Evernote is an application for:

    • Taking notes
    • Organizing them in a clear fashion
    • Archiving them

    Lets say you’re reading the business article below (screenshot). You find a great section of content that you quickly want to read/remember later (maybe even remember weeks from now). Easily bring that piece into Evernote in 5 seconds.

    This is just one example of how Evernote can help you save a ton of time.

    It’s a life saver for doing extensive research (school, business, so on), writing & staying organized (keeping you sane :))

    Momentum

    Momentum is a browser extension that displays every time you open up a new window/tab.

    You’re greeted with a stunning background image (as seen above) which changes daily, along with a to-do tab, an inspirational quote, & various other customizations.

    The background images alone make me feel great & help give me the boost to continue my work.

    Momentum was originally only an extension for Google Chrome, but they started expanding it to other browsers as well (Safari, etc).

    Visit the site here if you’d like to add this extension.

    2 other tools/applications I’ll give honorable mention to below are:

    Facebook Eradicator– eliminates distractions by completing hiding your Facebook Newsfeed whenever you’re on the social media platform. Gives you a subtle reminder to get back to work & to stop aimless browsing the web.

    30/30 Productivity Timer– a robust application which allows you to make your daily tasks into a timed gamed. Customize how much time you want to spend on each task & hold yourself accountable with the timer.

    What are your favorite time saving tools/applications? 

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