Time Management Tools
Here are 7 simple but effective time management tools that save you time, make you more productive and help you get things done:
Time Management Tool # 1 – A Good Password Manager
With the proliferation of websites and passwords that we need to keep track of, a good password manager can be a BIG time saver.
This type of software helps you generate and keep track all your different passwords so you don’t have to try and remember them with your memory… or use simple passwords that are too easy to crack (or worse, use the same password everywhere.)
Some of the best password manager software packages even auto-complete login forms so you don’t even have to type (or copy) the passwords yourself. It can be a HUGE time saver.
A very popular one is RoboForm.
I also recommend KeePass, which is a free utility to help you keep track of all your passwords in a safe place.
Time Management Tool # 2 – Your Time Management Planner
Of all the time management tools you use regularly, your planner is super important because you’re going to use it virtually every day to keep track of everything you need to do and to help you get things done.
A good planner and time management system can take your productivity to a whole new level.
Time Management Tool # 3 – QuickJump for Windows
If you use Windows, this little utility is a huge convenience and a GREAT time saver. It can help you quickly find and navigate to different folders in your PC for browsing and when saving files. It may not seem like much, but if you save a minute here and 40 seconds there, the time can quickly add up.
It’s not only the time savings, but the convenience of being able to find your folders so much faster.
I estimate that this little tool probably saves me anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes per day, which for most people translates into hundreds or even thousands of dollars in added productivity over the course of a year. That’s why I think it’s well worth the price.
Check them out here.
Time Management Tool # 4 – Text Substitution Utilities
This is another great time management tool that can save you a lot of typing time and effort, especially if you use common replies for emails or other “template” text that you type frequently.
Time Management Tool # 5 – Your Calendar and Schedule
Remember that your head (memory) is a BAD place to keep track of your schedule and appointments. The good news is that a simple calendar, schedule or planner can easily remind you of important dates without having to rely on your memory to keep track of them.
Time Management Tool # 6 – SimplyFile for Outlook
Do you have too many messages in your Inbox? Do you spend too much time managing your email?
If you use Microsoft Outlook as your email manager, you are going to LOVE this simple utility.
Here’s some information taken directly from the tool’s website: “SimplyFile will help you clean up your Inbox and keep it nice and small. File Outlook email messages to the right folders with one click. Easily turn messages into Tasks and Appointments.
Drag-and-drop is too slow. Maintaining rules is a lot of work. Download SimplyFile and see the number of messages in your Inbox go down fast!”
You can find out more here.
Time Management Tool # 7 – Simple Organizational Tools
Most people waste WEEKS every year looking for information and lost papers. If you’re totally disorganized or you’re drowning in a sea of clutter, consider using systems and tools to help you get organized.
This will probably involve some extra time, effort and money at first, but the productivity and time savings will be well worth it.
All of these time management tools may seem simple, but don’t be fooled!
They can help you save lots of time, money and effort in the long-run and are well worth the investment.