With such busy business and personal lives, it's essential to have a few tools that save time and give us a bit of a break. IHere are a few productivity tools that I can't do without:
Those who know me know that I'm a big fan of GTD - or Getting Things Done. Developed by David Allen, GTD is a system for "stress-free productivity" in work and life. It's a way of dealing with physical clutter and the clutter in our brains. This frees up bandwidth for more focused, creative thinking, which results in a lot less stress! One caveat - You don't just start "doing" GTD. It takes a while to find what works for you and how to incorporate the system into your workflow.
Evernote is a software product for collecting, saving, and finding all those pieces of information related to work and family projects. That's where I keep conference notes, ideas for upcoming articles and presentations, travel documents, Christmas lists, and more. Since Evernote syncs with my phone, tablet, and computer, everything is right where I need it. Free and fee versions are available.
I'm working more and more with visual information, and SnagIt, screen-capture software from TechSmith, helps me crop images, create professional-looking presentation slides, and snag important screens from webinars. At $49.95 USD, it’s more than paid for itself in my time.
What are your favorite productivity tools? Let us know in the comments section.
This originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of ResearchNOTES, a monthly email bulletin with my top tips for online research.