Running a business often means that time is your most valued commodity, and like printer ink, there never seems to be enough of it when you really need it. We can’t add more hours to your day, but we’ve added these seven time-saving apps to our bank of ideas to help you get back some much needed time.
1. Dashlane 3
What it does and why we love it: Are you wasting time requesting hints for forgotten passwords? Then you’ll love Dashlane 3. Although there are free password manager apps out there, this app is highly rated by PC Magazine for its extensive features, including password strength reports, emergency password recovery, automatic password capture and its ability to sync across all of your Mac, Windows, Android and iOS devices.
What it does and why we love it: If you’re juggling multiple clouds like Dropbox, Copy, OneDrive and GoogleDrive, you can save time by using AirFile. It allows you to manage them all in one place.
Cost: Free for 2 clouds or upgrade to AirFile Pro for unlimited
3. Phone Tag
What it does and why we love it: You can use this app to convert voicemail messages into emails or texts. The next time a client sends directions or a vendor provides contact information on your voicemail, you won’t have to scroll through messages to find the information again.
Cost: Starting at $9.95/month after a free one week trial.
4. Lucy Phone
What it does and why we love it: The motto says it all: “Never wait on hold again.” Consider the Lucy Phone app to be your personal spot-holder. Just put in the company’s phone number and press ** once you’re put on hold. When an agent answers, you’ll get a callback.
5. Remember the Milk
What it does and why we love it: This feature-packed app works like a personal assistant with a steel-trap mind. You can create to-do lists, organize your tasks and notes, get reminders, search, sync and prioritize. Remember the Milk is also available for Evernote, Twitter, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook and Google Calendar.
Cost: Free for basic app
What it does and why we love it: We know you don’t have all day to spend surfing through Facebook, but we all get sucked in sometimes. If you’re curious, this app tracks how much time you spend on the popular social network. According to Statistic Brain, the average user spends 18 minutes on Facebook per visit. Multiply that by the number of times you log in each day and … Yikes! Where did the time go? With this app, a timer starts automatically when you log into Facebook. If you’re idle or navigate away from the site, the timer stops. TimeRabbit gives you reports that show just how much time you spend on the social site.
What it does and why we love it: If you’re using Mac OS X, the SelfControl app can help you blacklist anything online or just block it for a period of time. Want to ensure you don’t waste time playing games, or scrolling through Twitter? Block any sites with this SelfControl. Be forewarned though: this is tough love. You won’t be able to access those sites until the timer runs out even if you delete the app or restart your computer.
These 7 time-saving apps should help you avoid distractions, remember passwords and much more. For more time-saving apps, check out twelve more here.
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Wendy Burt-Thomas is a full-time freelance writer with four books and thousands of published articles to her credit. Contact Wendy at WendyBurt@aol.com.
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