Small business owners and their teams are challenged to get everything done each day. Even when we exceed the typical eight-hour workday, there just never seem to be enough hours in the day. Technology has boosted productivity but it also seems to have made our days more hectic. But that same technology can also help us squeeze a few more minutes out of our day to get things done.
Here are nine apps that will help you save time on the little things so that you can focus on more important tasks.
The Pomodoro Technique involves working on a task for 25 minutes, taking a short break, then working for another 25 minutes. While the original plan calls for a tomato-inspired timer, several apps have emerged that bring a new level of sophistication to the technique.
Sunrise goes beyond a simple mobile calendar, pulling all of the major calendar services together into one easy-to-use application. The calendar integrates with iOS calendars, Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange, Evernote, and TripIt. The app’s intuitive interface makes it one of the most popular mobile app calendars on the market.
Who has time to wait on hold for customer service? FastCustomer endures the elevator music for you, letting you hang up and move on to other tasks. Simply let the app know the business you want to call and choose the option to “Have someone call me.” If you want to speak to a specific department, you can specify that, as well. When a representative is on the line, your phone will ring and you can start talking.
If you’re like most business leaders today, you’re tasked with keeping up with far too many social media accounts. HootSuite pulls it all together in one place, creating one dashboard for you to track your activities on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. You can also use HootSuite to schedule posts and deploy the same update across multiple platforms.
Standing in line at the post office can be frustrating, especially if you have a long to-do list. Simply snap a photo of the item you want to ship and its destination and Shyp takes care of the rest. Unfortunately Shyp is currently only available in San Francisco, New York, and Miami, but the company has plans to expand in other ares.
IFTTT recipes can be used to automate your life. Short for If This, Then That, the website features millions recipes collected from users. You can use IFTTT to organize your email, automate social media actions, interact with your online connections, and much more. Thanks to IFTTT’s mobile app, you can automate tasks directly from your iOS or Android device.
If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic, you’ve likely wondered why technology can’t warn you in advance. With Waze’s crowdsourced data, you’ll never have to encounter an unexpected traffic jam again. Check your route before leaving your office or meeting and find an alternate way home if you see heavy traffic along the way.
This popular app eliminates the need to remember dozens of passwords. Simply download the app and enter a strong master password. From there, LastPass begins memorizing all your passwords, allowing you to keep up only with your master password from that point forward. The app even remembers your passwords for online services like shopping and banking sites.
If you do bookkeeping for your core business, for your side hustle, or simply to keep track of your budget, you know what a time suck data entry can be. 1tap saves receipts in the cloud and uses character recognition to perform the data entry, giving you time back while allowing you to still keep all of the documentation you need.
Using your favorite mobile device and these useful apps, you’ll save time and enjoy a more productive day. With the free time these apps create, you’ll be able to focus on more important things, like growing your business or spending time with your family.