We spend a lot of time talking about marketing productivity. But what about productivity in general? What are some ways we can all save time? Everyone’s business is different, but we all deal with some similar stresses. You can never remember that one password and is at a standstill again …
Hold that frustration.
Our tech-loving team has some favorite apps to help avoid those pains and others. These productivity tools are designed to win back hours in your day so you can spend more time running your business.
1. Tiny Scanner
Tiny Scanner turns your phone or tablet into a portable scanner for all of your documents. It allows you to easily scan documents, pictures, receipts, reports or anything else you may possibly need and store them in a password protected app. With your camera, you have several options such as flash on or off, single or multi-page and output (pdf, black and white, image). Once you’ve scanned in your document you can edit the size and click done to save it within the app. The app also saves your important documents within folders that are searchable. The documents can be shared via email or OneDrive, DropBox, Evernote, Box or iCloud Drive if you upgrade to the pro version for $4.99.
How you save time: You no longer have to wait in line for the printer and email your documents to yourself. All of your important documents are in one searchable place, neatly organized in different folders. Tiny Scanner allows you to scan in documents from anywhere, at any time.
Waze is a GPS driving app that not only gets you from point A to point B but also monitors traffic, speed and user-reported incidents, such as road obstacles or car accidents. It has safety features installed to ensure you stay focused on the road, and pre-set destinations for easy navigation so you never miss an appointment.
How you save time: Waze shaves minutes off every car trip by giving you the quickest route available. It’s great for commuting during rush hour or routing to unfamiliar locations.
Pocket allows you to save articles, picture, videos, websites and just about anything else offline so you can view them later, no matter where you are. It’s great for catching up on reading between appointments or when you take a quick break.
How you save time: No more hunting around for pages and articles from earlier in the week online — just open the Pocket app and read when you’re ready. Keeping these local to your phone, tablet or computer also allows you to read anywhere, anytime.
Any.do is a to-do list, calendar and personal assistant all in one. It integrates communication and day-to-day scheduling to be the ultimate to-do list. You can share your lists with friends and family members as well as sync them across multiple devices.
How you save time: Consolidating the organization of your personal and professional lives into one easy-to-use app keeps you and your network on-task while cutting down the amount of time you spend looking at your calendar and coordinating your projects. Imagine sending your spouse a grocery list, your assistant a task list, and your client a to-do list all from the same convenient place.
LastPass is a browser extension and mobile app password manager. The interface is easy — you can login with your fingerprint for ease of access and benefit from the highest level of encryption available in the current mobile market. It also works great for teams and eliminates the hassle and security risk of sharing passwords and managing employee permissions.
How you save time: Many of our customers spend time updating password spreadsheets and sending them to different devices. Others spend an equal amount of time searching for or resetting those very same passwords. This app handles all of those problems — and keeps you totally safe and secure, unlike emailing around a spreadsheet or hiding a notebook.
All of these apps are easy to learn and integrate into your everyday life. Did we miss a few? Tell us which time-saving apps you can’t live without in the comments!
Updated: 11/6/17; Originally Published: 9/28/16