Feeling overwhelmed as an entrepreneur? “Work smarter, not harder” has been my resolution this year. Some tech tools have really helped me accomplish this. Here are a few of my favourite tools for working smarter.
IFTTT (web, iOS, Android)
IFTTT (If This Then That) streamlines productivity by automating online tasks. It uses “recipes” that you either create yourself or choose from a collection it provides. For example, one recipe that a lot of businesses are using is automatically creating a post whenever a blog gets published.
Slack (web, iOS, Android)
Founded by Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield, Slack is billed as “team communication for the 21st century.” Essentially, you can share all team communication in one place that can be searched at any time from anywhere. Slack allows users to create “channels” such as messages, files, comments, inline images and more.
Asana (web, iOS, Android)
Asana is a project and task management app that reduces internal emails. It allows teams to share, plan, organize and track the progress of each task and project. Once a project has been launched, Asana users can also create sub-tasks and assign them to the appropriate team members or departments.
Todoist (web, iOS, Android)
A highly effective task and light project management tool for desktop and mobile, with further integration into mail clients such as Outlook and Gmail.
Any.do (iOS, Android)
A strictly mobile app, Any.do is a to-do list manager that’s similar to most of the top to-do list managers. However, one of its greatest features is its “Any.do Moment”– a message that pops up during the morning to remind users about appointments on their calendar.
Allows users to compile to-do lists and take notes wherever they have access to Google. Simple note-taking with good integration into Google’s ecosystem of apps.
Sunrise is a powerful calendar app and incorporates a variety of information to provide more value to users. It can sync with Facebook and LinkedIn to create entries on upcoming birthdays, events and meetings, and will tell you the weather, provide directions to your next appointment and even send an email to people invited to a meeting.
Note: An original version of this article appeared in Business in Vancouver on Feb. 24, 2015,