Productivity has been a recurring theme for me these last few months and in 2017, it will be no different. I know that being organize and productive is two major keys to anyone success. This is why I will be focusing on finding ways to do daily tasks in a shorten amount of time as well as start scheduling in time for myself with a little self-care. Welcome to day number three of the 7 Days – 7 Tools Series.
Tool 3: Toogl for time management and efficiency
Through trial and error I realized that having a more structure schedule lead to me being more productive but first I needed to identify the time suckers. By document the process of a task or project and using a clock to see how long it take you to do each one will prove to be very beneficial. Having systems especially in your business life would make it easier for when the time comes to delegate task to your employee.
This is where my new love comes into play. Toggl is a time tracker tool that you can use through a mobile app, on the web or directly from your desktop. One thing I like about this tool is that I can have an browser window open with two tabs (let’s be honest here I tend to have multiple tabs open at any given time, lol) – one for the app and the other one for whatever I doing like checking my email.
All I have to do is click start and stop, the data is save and I get to tag that entry with a category that I previously set up. I can even add a description of I was doing for future reference. When I want to avoid the distraction of getting on the Internet, I can use the mobile app. You can still use the app to track your time even in airplane mode.
You will get a little message at the bottom of your screen saying the “Sync with server failed”, but once you reconnect, you can re-sync and all is good. You can also add the data in manually but why would you. The whole point to using Toggl is to stop wasting time, right? And the reports you can create to show how you spend your time are amazing. Like all of my tools, Toggl have different plans.
The paid option (starting at $10 a month) which comes with more features such as having more team members (free account allows only 5), keeping track of billable hours/rates, priority support, and more has been tailored towards businesses and teams. For my needs the free option fits the bill at the moment but if those needs change I wouldn’t mind paying for it. You should try it for a week straight yourself to see how it goes. You can sign up via the website or an app (iOS/Android).